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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Friday, January 24, 2014

Ash Prince

Speaking of Frye--I was hoping this offering from European brand Ash, pleasantly rustic and (like many Frye boots these days) made in Mexico, might prove a Fryesque thin calf boot. No dice. Not only was the calf way wider than advertised online, but I even got inaccurate info on circumference when I took the time to inquire by email. This happened once before with a supposedly narrow boot....grrr.

With a 16" opening, 15" midcalf, and 12" ankle, I'd go so far as to say this makes a nice wide calf option. So if you have any wide-calf pals who might want a straightforward, substantial riding boot in a rich brown color from a fancyish label for a less-fancy price, maybe direct them to Shopbop for a peek at the Prince.

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

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