At the midcalf, the Heathley comes in at a fairly slender 13.5" in size 8. The opening is 14.5, while the ankle is 11" when tightened to the smallest setting. This is a somewhat gappy boot on me, but it doesn't look bad over midweight stretch pants. (Speaking of J Crew, I'm wearing their Pixie pants in the first photo.)
Besides the full zip for easy on and off, there's a little partial zipper on the other side just for fun.
So if you're looking to take a walk on the softer side with your riding boots, the Heathley is worth a try.
Calf slimness: ***/5
In brown, black or taupe.
Find it at:
Sorry folks; ebay is your only source for this beauty as of fall 2016, as far as I can tell.