I have big problem getting boots to fit my large muscular calves so I always end up buying ankle boots which are fine but not great with skirts. Is there a brand of long boots I can buy here in Kilkenny that have a little more give in them for my wide calves? Thanks for your help, Una.
You are not alone on this one - a lot of women have the same problem. I recently put together a guide for buying boots for wide calves on the internet so I have become familiar with the various brands available. Here in Kilkenny we have the Gabor range which cater for the larger calve through the use of a side panel with an elastic insert. This allows for extra stretch and comfort. The Gabor range is available from Kings shoes on Parliament Street.
A second brand to consider is the Emotion range of boots which has an extra calf width - this brand is available from Padmore and Barnes.
Another option is a stretch fabric boot which you pull on – these are great for the wider calve but do take your time when buying your boots as there is nothing more uncomfortable than a pair of boots that cut your blood supple off because they are too tight.
There are also a couple of options on the internet such as Duo Boots. They have a great selection of wide calf fitting boots and also boots for thinner legs - take a look at their site which is www.duoboots.com. I would advise a call into Rossiters shoe repairers on the Butter Slip as they have a heat activated machine installed which can stretch your boots a little for you. Pop into them for more information on this process.
Boots are definitely the answer for wide calves as they are very flattering and will also encourage you to wear skirts more. Hopefully you will get a pair that is stylish and comfortable.