But back to the big things. The unfortunate flipside to all this design magic is that, in all honesty, I can't call these stunners boots for skinny legs. At midcalf they are 14 inches; at the top opening 15.5. The ankle, at 11.25 inches, is pretty darned roomy on me, though due to the sturdy leather it actually doesn't slouch as much as some softer styles with a smaller ankle circumference.
Bottom line, these boots look pretty sweet from the front and back, especially over pants. But from the side, especially over just tights (as in the top photo), they make me appear rather like a kid trying out mom's shoe collection, which isn't necessarily the most sophisticated look.
If you decide to try the Grace despite its measurements, a couple warnings. First, these are true knee-high riding boots, with a shaft height (16.75 inches in size 7 1/2) that is perfect for average-height or taller boot lovers but might be uncomfortably high for petites. (Keep in mind when considering these pix that I'm 5'4".) Second, the foot is comfortable, with a nice rounded toe, but a bit roomy -- so if you're between half sizes, I'd recommend going with the smaller of the two.
|photo: amazon.com (unfortunately sold out as of Oct 2018; check ebay?)|
Update, take 2: For your fall 2018 skinny calf riding boot hunt -- check out a relatively good deal (nearly 40% off retail) on the classic, pretty Tory Burch Sidney, pictured at right and available in two colors. My research suggests this boot has similar measurements to the Grace, so not ultra narrow calf, but I'm guessing less baggy than many comparable luxe riding boots.
Rating for the Grace boot:
Find it at:
Amazon has a few left, in brown or black
or a better bet: try ebay for a deal
(But hey ebay sellers, could you pretty-please stop using my blog photo for your listings? All my photos here are copyright this Howdy Slim blog, and contacting y'all one by one is getting old. Thanks!)