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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Monday, February 24, 2014

Sam Edelman Paradox

I'm a fan of Sam Edelman, with several of his cute flats & a pair of ankle boots in my closet, so I was excited to try on his taller boots for narrow calves, the Paradox. Indeed there is a paradox involved: Why does this style look sleek on the leg, even with a larger-than-advertised opening measurement  (15" in a size 7.5) and a roomier-than-ideal ankle (11")?

The sleek look probably has something to do with the Paradox's quite narrow (13.25") midcalf measure. But also, the design of the boot really helps. The stretch panels on either side are only 1.5" wide, giving the Paradox the mainly-leather look many of us prefer and making this a standup style (no flopping). Thumbs up on the leather itself, which feels soft to the touch but is still sturdy and has a bit of gloss to it without being "shiny." Absolutely a 24/7, dress-up-or-down style.

Other nice touches: A grippy sole combats the slip-sliding issues that sometimes plague stylish riding boots...
And a cute "SE" logo under the pull tab in back models subtlety. (Other labels, please take note! We don't all like to pay for the privilege of serving as walking billboards....)

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

In black or brown.
Find it at:
Great deals on ebay -- and as of March 2016, I'm not sure where else you can find these particular Edelman boots for small calves

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