As is often the case, the midcalf came in pretty close to what's advertised, at 13.5 inches around. That's the good news. The ankle is a not-super-skinny 11", though, and unfortunately the top opening in the size 7 1/2 boot I tried measures in at 15.5 inches. So there's a bit of a "flaring" effect between mid leg and knee that may or may not be to your liking.
Donald Pliner Prize. This very equestrian element tricks the eye into thinking the calf underneath is somewhat fuller than it really is, which to me doesn't look awful, just a little awkward.
You can see what I mean in << this photo<< -- particularly on my left leg (in front); the curve you're seeing is the boot, not my calf.
Bottom line, if you have a) a tightish budget, b) thin but not scrawny legs, and c) a preference for straightforward, relatively unadorned riding styles, give the Contigua a spin.
And if that one doesn't appeal, here are some other Nine West slim calf riding boots for fall 2014 that may be worth a look, based on their published stats...
Rating for the Contigua:
Calf slimness: ***/5
Find it at:
(Heads up! In some sizes/colors, priced around or under $70 -- yes, you read that right --as of early Aug. 2015)
Amazon (in black, brown or a nice looking "dark gray")
October 2015 bargain alert: If you're looking for an exceptional deal on leather boots for skinny legs, check out two styles whose Amazon sale pricing and customer comments on calf circumference -- both thin-legged women rejoicing & average-legged women lamenting -- caught my eye. Like the Nine West Contigua, these are both going for under $100 in some color-size combos as of mid-Oct....