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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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ivanka Trump Onna

While her father not be known for style and sophistication -- exhibit A: that hair -- Ivanka Trump attempts to offer both of the above with her Onna riding boots for skinny calves.

Take note: The "Over the Knee" listing is inaccurate in my experience, as you can see by the pix. I am average height, and these are not OTK for me, though the front of the shaft definitely pushes the boundaries for knee-high. (More detail on that below.)

Before I get to the measurements and design, a quick caveat re the photos in this post. Due to a recent, unexpected surgery and restricted post-op diet, I'm a bit under my fighting weight, and my calves in these photos are 11 inches around, not my normal almost-12" -- so keep that in mind when you're pondering the pix :)

Now on to the good stuff. In a size 7.5, the Onna measures 13.75" at the opening, 13 inches at the midcalf, and 11 inches at the ankle.
I don't normally dig studs on my boots, but the ones here (just a pair per boot) are subtle enough not to bother me much. Keep in mind that the ankle straps are non-functional and can't be tightened.  

The Onna's sole seems grippy enough for the great outdoors, though you'd want to weatherproof-spray the boots if your fall/winter weather scenario is anything like mine,

A couple possible drawbacks: If you hate stretch fabric on boots, this is not the style for you, as the whole back half is stretchy. The fabric is nice and soft, but I do wonder a bit about its durability. The second possible issue is the shaft height. The Onna is actually 18 inches tall in front, and 16" in back. This worked okay for my legs, but if you are shorter (I'm 5'4" with longish limbs), you may find the front tall enough to hit you awkwardly on the kneecap rather than just under the knee, which is where I think it's intended to fall.


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

Find it ...
Gone as of 2016; only advice is to check ebay

12 comments:

  1. Got these a couple of weeks ago. They fit my skinny calves well, are very comfortable and stylish. I am 5'9" and love the height. Studs on the sides are not a big deal. Love, love, love!

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  2. Awesome! Thanks for the report! These really are pretty boots.

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  3. I also got the Donald Pliner Boxer earlier this fall. The croc that you reviewed are no longer available but 6 PM has the suedes for under $100! They are even skinnier that the Ivanka Onna. Love them!

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    1. Yes, that's quite a narrow shaft boot, and what a price! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. I just discovered your blog and absolutely love your thorough reviews! (And alot of the tights you wear are super cute too btw.) My biggest problem is my skinny ankles. I have slim calves (just under 14") for my height (5'10") and foot size (10) but my ankles are about the same size as yours. So you can imagine the trouble I have with finding boots to fit me. The only brand that seems to work is Stuart Weitzman but I'm not a big fan of the stretchy material that comes with almost all his boots. I like the heel height of the 5050 but I don't like the over the knee boot look. I end up wearing boots I've had for the last 14 years. (A bit 60's mod in style.) I've been searching for years to find a tall, flat-heeled boot. No such luck. Unfortunately riding boots are not exactly my style. Still, you have helped bring other brands to my attention that I wasn't previously aware of. So thank you! Now I'm hoping that one day you exhaust your search for riding boots and look at other styles as well. Hehehehahaha!

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    1. Lisa -- are you still checking in here at all? If so...I just saw this boot on sale http://www.amazon.com/Stuart-Weitzman-Womens-Givemezip-Motorcycle/dp/B00V1CN6J8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8 and thought of you; I remembered you wanted more mod than riding, and a very low heel. This one looks cute, no?

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  5. Hi Lisa! Yes, it is very rare to find semi-fitted ankles in a nonstretch boot. Funny you should mention mod style, as the narrowest shaft boots I own fit that description. I got them from a small shop in Montreal years ago. I thought Weitzman had a knee-high version of the 5050, with same heel, but now I'm not finding it. Am just seeing the Mezzamezza, which has a 1 3/4 in. heel. Keep an eye on brands like Pliner and Aquatalia for non-equestrian (or "loosely" equestrian) as well as classic riding styles. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Yes, the Mezzamezza has a higher heel than the 5050. However, just a few months ago, I noticed that Stuart Weitzman was doing a "made to order" boot where you could special order the boot in a lower heel. You could pick the fabric, heel height, and boot height you wanted. It was a bit too risky for me to do that because since it was considered a custom order, you couldn't return them if they didn't suit you. Plus, I'd rather try to find Stuart Weitzman boots on sale since their prices are steep. And I guess I'm still not too fond of how much stretch material comes in those boots. I am somewhat familiar with Aquatlia. They seem a bit conservative for my taste. But I will have to check out Pliner. Thank you for the suggestions.

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    2. Agree a nonreturnable custom boot would be kind of scary! Cool idea, though.

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    3. Lisa - I don't know if you'll see this, but just in case, check out the Clergerie Melani boot on sale at 6pm. Not a flat heel but cute & mod-ish w/ no stretch panels, as far as I can tell. Clergerie is a great designer brand and tends to run slim.

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  6. Did you get a 7.5 or 8 in these boots? I fall between a 7.5 and 8, so I'm wondering what size I'd take.

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  7. Hi Barbara - I am usually 7.5 but sometimes 8; I went with 7.5 for this boot, and it felt fine. Best of luck & happy holidays :)

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