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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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Boot Cuffs: Skinny Calf Solution?

image = screen shot from Grace & Lace site -- which (update!) as of January 2018 seems to be
 focusing less on this type of legwear and more on various other apparel & accessories

Gotta cop to watching some daytime TV today. Well, listening anyway -- I often have something fluffy turned on while conquering multiple loads of laundry and doing more mundane editorial tasks. Today I actually hopped over to the screen during a Shark-Tank-focused edition of "The View" to see if the boot cuffs sold by a company called Grace and Lace might help "close the gap" for us thin-calved boot lovers.

The legwarmer solution has been known for a while in skinny calf circles, but come spring weather, legwarmers might warm the legs a bit more than we really want. Same problem, but worse, for "boot socks" (how these differ from regular long socks I'm still not sure, but apparently they're a thing...). These boot cuffs, though, could be handy. You extend your calf circumference a little to narrow the leg/boot gap up top without adding unnecessary heat or bulk elsewhere.

So what do you think? Would these work? Are they cute? Too trendy? Worth a shot at sale price? And most important, with this company selling like gangbusters, why didn't we think of this idea?! :} Do share your thoughts in Comments...

Fall 2016 update: Steve Madden has gotten into the game too, with a cute line of cable-knit and lace-topped boot cuffs priced at under $20 each. Not sure how many department stores carry them, but check your favorite shoe sources online.

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