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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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Alfani Cabbie

These are the lowest-price riding boots with skinny calves I've found that are made from leather. So if your holiday bills are paid, but just barely, the Alfani Cabbie could be a good bet.

As far as I can tell, these under $100 (!) boots (as of mid-January) are virtually identical to the BCBGeneration Jericho -- also a wallet-friendly pair -- but are a teeny bit slimmer through the calf.

In a size 8, the Cabbie measures 14.75" at the top opening, a fairly narrow 13.75" at midcalf, and 11" at the ankle. The front is leather, while the back is stretch fabric, as with many narrow shaft boots on the market.The gap around my just-shy-of-12" calves is less noticeable, of course, over cords than over the thin stockings pictured above.

I'm not sure why they felt the need to put a shiny detail on the heel, but it's small and fairly subtle, so shouldn't be a dealbreaker for most.

Beauty: ***/5
Value: *****/5
Calf slimness: ***/5

In black or brown.
Find it at: Amazon

1 comment:

  1. thanks for sharing, i purchased these in black as well =)