I measured the boot opening at 14.5 inches in my size, 8 (remember, smaller shoe sizes will likely come with an incrementally slimmer calf), which gave me some space even around skinny cords. Not enough to look sloppy, though, possibly thanks to the texture of the leather. It's quite soft to the touch but firm enough to stand up on its own in the closet--no flopping.
The Sandra sits smack in the middle of the rustic-to-dressy riding boot spectrum and will work in just about any context. So for sheer versatility, these are some of the best riding boots for small calves I've found.
At the widest point of my calf, about 11.5" up the shaft, the Sandra measured 13.75. Take that plus the top-opening and ankle measurements and you've got a boot that's about an inch wider than the Kors Arley, top to bottom.
|with knit tights|
A real bonus: Like the Orso, this is waterproof.I don't know how La Canadienne and Aquatalia pull off these gorgeous leathers that can handle rain and snow, but somehow they do, and we all get to reap the benefits.
|with thin stockings|
Calf slimness: ****/5
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