With scrawny 11.9-inch calves, I've been on a mission for years (decades!) to find the very best, most beautiful slim calf boots. There have been successes, but for whatever reason, what remain most elusive are the perfect riding boots for thin calves. Heels and wedges are challenging to find with a narrow shaft, but equestrian inspired? The toughest of all. In this blog I'll review riding boots with calf circumferences published, or reported anecdotally, at under 14 inches around. If your legs are like mine, maybe you'll find your dream boot here :)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Riding Boots for Thin Calves ~ 2013 All-Stars

photo: Carmen via flickr cc, cropped for size & shape
It's been a pleasure reviewing a dozen boots for small calves this year, and I look forward to more in 2014! Obviously this is very subjective, but I rate each for beauty, value (often sale prices come into play with this one), and calf slimness--with an understanding that each of us has her own custom blend of priorities when it comes to finding the perfect boot.

So to recap, here are my top picks for 2013 -- the styles I gave 5 stars out of 5:

For beauty:
The Aquatalia Orso, the Michael Kors Arley, the Donald Pliner Boxer, the Tory Burch Christy, the La Canadienne Sandra, and the Attilio Giusto Leombruni tall riding boot

For value: The BCBGeneration Jericho, the Nine West Pristeen, the Donald Pliner Boxer, The Vince Camuto Vacilla, the Solemani Gabi

For calf slimness: The Donald Pliner Boxer, the Solemani Gabi
(Update: After going back and looking at the "stats" -- midcalf, ankle & top opening measurements -- I'm adding the Aquatalia Orso & Michael Kors Arley here, because when I add those 3 figures together, these are just as slim overall as the Boxer & Gabi)

Happy New Year to all!

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