12/13/2013

Guide To | Shopping for Wide-Calf Boots + DSW GIVEAWAY!!




Raise your iPhones if you're one of the many women who have a hard time buying boots because you can't zip them up past your calves. You can't see me but my shiny new gold iPhone is up in the air. I'm a normal sized girl, not super model skinny, just normal...but my calves seem to be abnormally large (actually, that's muscle thank you very much) which makes finding cute boots a hassle. I've come up with some advice for shopping for wide-calf boots and then the most exciting part: I'm partnering with DSW Shoe Warehouse to give away FIVE $50 gift cards! Love it!  Read on for my tips and to enter the #dswshoehookup giveaway!

Before You Start The Search

You know if you have wide calves or not: boots don't fit. But actually, there's no universally standard definition of a wide calf. So I suggest taking the time to measure your calves.

How To Measure Your Calf

It's pretty simple really. If you don't have a measuring tape, you can use a piece of string and wrap it around your calf, then line that string up with a ruler. 

Now to figure out where on your calf to measure….this is dependent on your height.
If you're average or tall height (anyone over 5'3") measure at the point of your calf that is about 14 to 15 inches from the bottom of your foot. That's where the shaft of most boots hit on your leg.
If you're petite, you gotta use a different method to measure because the boots will hit at a different part of your leg. The easiest way to do this I think is to just measure the widest point of your calf and add 1"

So now you have your number. This will be super useful, especially if you're boot shopping online. Most wide calf boots range from 15.5" to 16"

Once You're Read To Shop

Don't skip over the non-wide calf boots
I know I just spent all this time telling you how to measure for wide-calves but the biggest piece of advice I have is try EVERYTHING on! I can wear boots designated as both wide-calf and just regular ol' boots too. Every brand is going to fit differently. So try them all on. Just don't get discouraged if the first 5 pairs don't work. It only takes one! :) 

Pick an online shop that offers free shipping on returns
This is especially important if you're unsure how certain brands will fit for you. DSW is fabulous about accepting returns. I totally took this for granted but I realized that some stores make you pay for return shipping. The first pair I ordered from them had a stretchy back so I figured for sure they would fit --- not so. I was able to send them back free of charge and ordered a pair in wide width. Yup, you guessed it the wide width didn't fit either. Third times  a charm though because I went into a store, tried on a couple more pairs and ended up with a pair of Tahari boots that were not wide calf but fit perfectly! 

Look for boots with a stretchy back
I love this style of boots. The front is usually a beautiful leather and the back of the boots is a stretchy material that makes the fit perfect!

Other Design Considerations

My guess is that if your calves are a little larger you don't want to draw attention to them. So I suggest, skipping designs with decorative buckles around the calves. Instead choose a pair of boots with buckles around the ankle. My favorite new trend this season is the gold accent around the heel. LOVE. 

Pay attention to proportions, try not to buy boots that hit exactly at mid-calf at the widest point. You want them to elongate and hit closer to your knees.

Also, don't forget the basics like color. Boots that are black, simple and streamlined are more likely to make your legs appear leaner. You know that already ;) 

My Favorite Wide-Calf Brands

Tahari boots are a new favorite for me. Also, Franco Sarto makes beautiful wide calf boots. I also love these boots from Crown Vintage …sleek and so affordable! DSW has a lot of gorgeous, wide-calf boots available!

The Last Resort

If you just simply can't find any boots that work for you, consider buying a boot in one size larger. Also, many quality leather boots can be stretched by either wearing them around in your house (this is a slow process!) or through a professional shoesmith. There are also extra panels you can zip into your existing boots to add extra fabric ---not my favorite option but if you like the look, go for it!


Now the best part! 
The GIVEAWAY!

I've partnered with DSW and 49 other bloggers to give away 5 pairs of shoes each (via $50 gift card
That's 250 pairs of shoes that DSW is giving away! 
Also, you'll win a fabulous coffee table book 'Do You Speak Shoe Lover'
You must be a DSW Rewards Member (it's free!) to be eligible.
All the details are available in the Rafflecopter below.
Giveaway ends 11:59PM Monday December 16, 2013

Good luck my dears!
xo







PS:
DSW was very generous in sending me a pair of boots for partnering with them for this giveaway.
Unfortunately, they didn't fit. So they sent me another pair. Those didn't fit either. But I got them right on the third try! A full review/style post will be up soon! I'm really grateful to DSW for being so patient with me! Don't worry, they will be with you too! ;)

Here are the rest of my blogger buddies participating in this amazing giveaway! 
Visit them and enter to increase your chances of winning!

12/02–12/05 MyBelongingShoe Smitten
12/03–12/06 My Fashion JuiceBelle de CoutureGentri Lee
12/04–12/07 Alterations NeededThe Chic StreetMuch Love, illy
12/05–12/08 Life, Love, and the Pursuit of ShoesPink AvenueCoffee Beans and Bobby Pins
12/06–12/09 Jadore-FashionFashion SnagMelanee Shale
12/07–12/10 High Fashion 4 LessFashion FlingDenim Debutante
12/08–12/11 Jimmy Choos and Tennis ShoesOh So GlamCorals + Cognacs
12/09–12/12 Kimmy ErinCrystalin MarieSandy A La Mode
12/10–12/13 My Own Blog ReviewAround LuciaTrend Hungry
12/11–12/14 Stiletto BeatsVintageorTackyGirl Avant Garde
12/12–12/15 Behind the SeamsFancy Things BlogDearest Lou
12/13–12/16 The Fashion PoetLet it Be BeautifulMae Badiyan
12/14–12/17 Good, Bad, and FabKel & KateThe Frugalista
12/15–12/18 Fashionably BrokeLittle Miss FearlessModly Chic
12/16–12/19 The Fashionista Next DoorStuds and SapphiresBritt + Whit
12/17–12/20 Living in Color PrintLove Fashion, Live LifeA Mom in Red High Heels
12/18–12/21 Fashionable HostessesDistrict SparkleCrowley Party

[ My Tahari boots pictured above ℅ DSW]

76 comments:

Aditi Gupta said...

So excited about this give away! I think I might pick the Tabitha booties :)

Thanks
Aditi
gupta.aditi@gmail.com

Ruby Abrego said...

I love this giveaway! I would really like to get some boots for my big sis.!

Laneisha Shelton said...

Definitely BCBG Paris Madora Bootie

DarkBeauty said...

I would choose the Diba Candy Bootie :)
http://www.dsw.com/shoe/diba+candy+bootie?prodId=282166&activeCats=cat10006,dsw12cat1890016

Thanks!

Bobbie Lee said...

As a fellow wide-calf boot girl, I'm always on the hunt for cute boots that will fit!

Bobbie Lee said...

If I win, I'm looking at getting the Mia Brisk Wedge Booties :)

Young At Heart Mommy said...

I would choose the Unisa Tommie Riding Boot in black!
http://www.dsw.com/dsw_shoes/catalog/product.jsp?NFR=1&prodId=283879

jjawny@yahoo.com

ramaal said...

i would chose a lovely g by guess brown boots ! i want them so bad in my life :) .. i followed your blog lovin by Roro hamwi

Mongert Warrior said...

I might have to choose the coconut ankle boots, but so hard to decide.

Kim said...

I would love to get the Rock & Candy Oxford Pump!!

1smileygirl said...

There is this pair of N.Y.L.A. slip on tennis shoes that I so want!!

Ask Jaadde said...
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Adri Plays Dress Up said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I need a new pair of kitten heel boots..So If I win, I will be stocking DSW for one...:)

ShannaBanana said...

It's so hard to choose, I would most likely choose either a flat or a bootie though!

Olga said...

I'd get some cute booties!

Mel417 said...

THANKS FOR THE CHANCE! I WOULD PICK THESE CROWN VINTAGE RIDING BOOTS :http://www.dsw.com/shoe/crown+vintage+bentley+riding+boot?prodId=290778&category=dsw12cat1850002&activeCats=cat10006,dsw12cat1850002

BlaqDyemond said...

I can always use another pair of wide calf boots! So glad DSW sells them.

Nikki said...

Audrey Venice Booties - love!

Kyla said...

If I won, I'd choose the Fergalicious Lucid Booties.

Linnie said...

I'd like a pair of riding boots but really need to try everything on.

Bridget Heiple Reich said...

I love the Kelly & Katie Ivana Bootie

Stephanie Kiggins said...

Fergalicious Dreamer Wedge Pump

Kristin Dillingham said...

I like the BearPaw sweater boots! I would pick those!

M.j. said...

I like the Coconuts Britain Riding Boot....

Elena said...

I would get the Mia Brisk Wedge Booties

Jessica Dillingham said...

I would love to own these http://www.dsw.com/shoe/bearpaw+tama+boot?prodId=229025&category=dsw10cat120044&activeCats=cat10006,cat20173,dsw10cat120044

Michelle Deitz said...

Would love to win I would buy some SM Pumps! Fingers crossed!

Hazel Pagulayan said...

I would be happy to win to get a pair of boot because right now I don't have one. Thanks!

rainesmom said...

I know I should be looking at practical boots, but I'm a sucker for anything shiny/sparkly this time of year! With that being said, I'd choose the Steve Madden Ireney Flats in Gold if I won...

~ Kim Pincombe Cole

zOMGitzWENDYxD said...

I would choose the Steve Madden riding boots!

Anissa said...

I would choose these http://www.dsw.com/shoe?prodId=299096&skuId=58000000002990960050000M00037&item=ci9550020691&productRef=&qty=1&fromPage=shoppingBag&no_redirect=1&edit=true

susana mladenovski said...

would love to buy some oxford shoes!!!!!

Katie Hanson said...

the coconuts Britain riding boots!!!

kateandoli@gmail.com

fay698 said...

I would love to get some riding boots

Colleen Boudreau (collifornia) said...

I would get the Pink & Pepper Rift Riding Boot - http://www.dsw.com/shoe/pink+.and.+pepper+rift+riding+boot?prodId=289708&category=dsw12cat1850002&activeCats=cat10006,dsw12cat1850002

Abi Losli said...

So hard to choose just one! I think I'd go with the Crown Vintage Bentley riding boots in brown.

richa said...

Oh man! hard to choose! I'd love to get them all!

Cookiemownster said...

love this giveaway! :)

id love to get these if i win :) http://www.dsw.com/shoe/penny+loves+kenny+alee+boot?prodId=290449&category=dsw12cat880002&activeCats=cat10006,dsw12cat880002

April Crisafulli said...

I like the Volatile Raindrop Rainboot

Chelsey Patti said...

Aldos Kubasek bootie!

Amanda Root said...

I would choose the Franco Sarto Celeste Wide Calf Riding Boot!!

Mary Grace said...

My girls would love any boots!

Jennifer Liford said...

love the give away ! i will pick the Steve Madden revior pump

Courtney B said...

i want the madden combat boot

https://www.dsw.com/dsw_shoes/catalog/product.jsp?NFR=1&prodId=267822

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Ashley Perez said...

http://www.dsw.com/shoe/crown+vintage+bentley+wide+calf+riding+boot?prodId=290779&activeCats=dsw12cat1740002,dsw12cat1740052,dsw12cat1850002

those are the boots I would choose! :)))

Perezashley60@hotmail.com is my email!

Tina B. said...

I'd get the Crown Vintage Towsan Boot!

treneebarker at hotmail dot com

Shiloh said...

My boots are dying and I got them at walmart... I could really use some nice new ones!!

Elena Vo said...

I'd love the Fergalicious Ivy Platform Pump! Sexy is the word.

Priscilla Starks said...

I like the Born Gail Pump!

Susan, TN said...

I REALLY REALLY want the Luichiny Turn Two Riding Boots. I just love them.. Thanks for the chance!!

tinymich said...

I would pick the Plenty Jocastas! Love a good cutout!

guimom3 said...

These are on my wishlist! http://www.dsw.com/shoe/franco+sarto+celeste+riding+boot?prodId=283036&category=dsw12cat1730006&activeCats=dsw12cat1740002,dsw12cat1740052,dsw12cat1730006

compbioinstit said...

i would use the giftcard for a new pair of vans http://www.dsw.com/shoe/vans+atwood+sneaker+-+womens?prodId=265724&category=dsw12cat1740050&activeCats=dsw12cat1740006,dsw12cat1740050

Kellie Perkins said...

i would buy the mojo moxy broody bootie if i win!

haightwedding said...

If I won, I would pick the Studio Ink Carthage Oxford.

undmorgan said...

I am so excited at the chance to get the Minnetonka Jr. Trapper Moccasin Slipper so my feet stay warm all winter long!

JenD said...

I like these: http://www.dsw.com/shoe/mootsies+tootsies+rosebloom+riding+boot?prodId=298916&category=dsw12cat1850002&activeCats=dsw12cat1740002,dsw12cat1740052,dsw12cat1850002


--Jennifer Dysart

emily anne-maire said...

love the Lucky Brand Rajah Wedge Bootie!

Munchkins709 said...

there is a bearpaw boote I have my eyes on

Ellen Ross said...

the bare traps gallant boots!

Katrina Crouch said...

I love kelly and katie's tie-up oxford booty, can't remember the name off hand but it is DARLING!

Andrea Darst said...

I love the Diba Ruth Bootie

Lola TJ said...

I would love the Steve Madden riding boots.

Yvonne said...

I'd choose the Michael Antonio Meka Bootie:

http://www.dsw.com/shoe/michael+antonio+meka+bootie?prodId=287711&activeCats=dsw12cat1740002,dsw12cat1740052,dsw12cat1740102

carey said...

I'd use it to help buy the Cougar Fifi Wedge Booties I've had my eye on!

siterrianelson86 said...

I Would Get The Fergalicious Ivy Platform Pump In PURPLE :)

Shraddha Shrivastava said...

i love shoes

Roxanne Oudie said...

I would love to own some Tahari riding boots. Thanks for participating!!!!!!! #DSWShoeHookUp

grovermom said...

I always have trouble buying boots coz I have wide calf my original shoe size doesn't fit me in boots .so I end up leaving the store disappointed and frustrated .thanks for such a detailed explanation .i see boot shopping in my near future ;)

Ellen said...

Love these - http://www.dsw.com/shoe/crown+vintage+bentley+riding+boot?prodId=290778&category=dsw12cat1850002&activeCats=cat10006,dsw12cat1850002

Shane Prather said...

Steve madden riding boots :)

Denise C said...

I could use some new sneakers in wide width. I saw some Sauconys that I like!

Judith Asuncion said...

I would definitely buy some combat boots

Michelle Deitz said...

Im a rewaeds member! mkdeitz@yahoo.com

Artemis Deravanesian said...

who won?

FashionistaCents said...

I'm a real sucker for fashion (hence my name)

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