For plus-size women, finding the right pair of boots can be just as tough as finding the perfect pair of jeans or work pants. “Finding the right boots proves to be a challenge because, once you go past mid-calf, it is about a 50/50 chance on whether or not they will fit,” explains freelance stylist Ansley Morgan. She and the nine other cool women we spoke to agreed that the main thing to look for when shopping for boots is to be mindful of the calf circumference as well as how much the material can stretch. To find the best boots for plus-size women, we asked those women — who include models, fashion experts, bloggers, and style influencers — about the pairs they count on. We focused on over-the-knee styles (since those tend to be the trickiest to find) but also added some ankle-length styles, including combat, sock, and Chelsea boots, most of which are available in wide and extra-wide sizes.
Best over-the-knee boots
“For trendy boot options in wide width, my number one recommendation is ASOS,” says Sarah Chiwaya, a plus-size-brand consultant and the founder of Curvily. “You can filter by wide fit in their shoe section and find hundreds of pairs in all sorts of styles, including some excellent, of-the-moment boot options,” she promises. Stephanie Yeboah, the author of the forthcoming book Fattily Ever After, also loves ASOS and calls these boots her “go-to pair for thigh highs.” She loves that the boots, which are available in wide-fit styles, have ample room around the thighs and a “comfortable” four-inch block heel that still provides some height. Yeboah adds that these have gel-lined seams that ensure “the boots will not roll down.”
Two of our experts also pointed us to Stuart Weitzman for their inclusive sizing. “My mom, who is also plus-size, has had the prettiest pair of black Stuart Weitzman boots for most of my life,” says Morgan, who told us she was ecstatic when she found this pair, which is very similar to her mom’s, on sale. “The Liviana Boot embodies the brand’s classic style,” she says, adding that they are made of stretch suede, which makes getting them over your calves a breeze. “You can easily pull them on and you are good to go.” Plus, they’re versatile and add a “fun and sexy dynamic” to any outfit, according to her. Photographer Lydia Hudgens is also a fan of the brand: “Stuart Weitzman not only offers different widths for those that need it, but they carry larger shoe sizes, which are difficult to find in most shoe brands.” The Liviana boots are currently on sale for 61 percent off, and although the suede style Morgan loves is only available in limited sizes, these all-leather ones are still in stock in sizes 4 to 11.5.
Plus-size models Taylee De Castro and Kaguya are both big fans of Torrid for their range of wide boots for all sizes. “As a woman with thick calves, I never got to wear anything slightly above my ankles,” says Kaguya, who especially likes these faux-leather biker boots. “Torrid’s options are perfect for every day and even going out, with their various styles and heel height ranges,” she says.
“The over-the-knee style has been trending, but for so long, plus-size women weren’t able to participate because there were no options that would work for our bodies,” says Ashby Vose, the head of brand at Ori, a plus-size clothing company that makes apparel for sizes 10 to 32. Luckily, the fashion world now includes more brands geared towards plus-size style, she explains. Vose loves these boots from Fashion to Figure, a brand she says has an “undying dedication to plus-sizes.” While the animal print does make a statement, they’re still “neutral enough to pair with other prints and colors,” according to Vose, who adds that they’re roomy enough to wear with either tights or jeans.
“Simply Be is an extremely reliable brand for wide-calf and wide-width footwear,” says Vose, who loves this “classic, timeless” riding boot because you can choose exactly how wide you want both the calf and the shoe to be. The shoe width options include wide and extra-wide, while the calf is available in five widths ranging from a standard circumference of 17.75 inches to an extra-curvy-plus circumference of 23.25 inches, ensuring you can find the perfect fit, she says. Vose notes that the “wardrobe staple” is available in both brown and black.
“Frye is the first brand I ever heard of that offered extended calf sizes,” according to Morgan. While they offer many different styles that are wide-calf, she says their most classic is the Melissa boot. A lot of tall boots can be difficult to get on and off, but she says this style has a side zipper that makes it a breeze. “I also love that the zipper is on the inside of the boot because it is not as noticeable,” Morgan adds.
Plus-size model and blogger Caralyn Mirand Koch, who wears a size 11 shoe, calls Sam Edelman her “go-to brand for many different styles of shoes,” due to their inclusive sizing. These leather boots, which are available in standard and wide fit, will carry you from season to season because of their classic style and quality, she promises.