Wide calf leather boots – Frye Veronica Slouch

wide calf leather boots for plus size

I have searched for well-made, casual, stylish leather boots that would fit my wide calves for years. Literally YEARS!

Wide calf boots are easy to find, but they are usually made of cheap leather (or worse, plastic/PVC), have elastic inserts that look terrible and are visible from the outside, or are just not stylish or look too dressy.

Girls with wide or muscular calves, search for legit boots no longer. The Frye Veronica Slouch boots are gorgeous, exactly the style I was looking for, and fit like a dream.

two views of me in a black sweater, black jeans, coral colored scarf and dark brown leather boots

I have wanted a pair of Frye boots for years. They are well made, stylish, and trendy while still having classic elements. I coveted these boots on Zappos so many times, but the shaft measurement said they were 15″. The Frye site says 14 3/4″ shaft circumference. My calves are 18″ so I never even bothered.

I recently was in Nordstrom and was going to try on some of the shorter boots. The shoe guy suggested them to me. I told him I doubt my calves would fit, but asked him to bring me a pair just in case.

I hiked up my jeans and tried them on my bare calf and they fit wonderfully! I was wearing these same skinny jeans in the pics above, and decided to try to fit the jeans inside the boots. They fit inside with still room to stick a finger or two in. I wear a size 9 1/2 so that might be the reason for the bigger shaft. On the Frye site it says that a size 6 has a 14 3/4″ shaft so ladies with smaller feet might not have as much luck.

I love that they are slightly slouchy. The round toe and the buckles look just right. And they are *SO* well made. The leather smells magical and they are soft and comfortable right out of the box. I got them in dark brown, but they come in several finishes. I really want a black pair too! I am saving up for those.

Yes, these boots are an investment item (read: expensive) but I have no doubt that my cost per wear is going to be super low on these. I will be wearing them with leggings, dresses, tights, and jeans.

So happy I found these. Seriously, if you have wide calves, they are worth ordering from Zappos, even if you have to return them. Free shipping both ways. Try them on. What do you have to lose?

For those who have emailed and asked, I ordered these in Wide Calf, not regular.

close up of the Frye Veronica Slouch dark brown leather boots

Comments

  1. Andria says

    Those boots are amazing. I’m a big girl with pretty big calves, so I’m not sure if they’ll fit, but I’m ordering them in the off chance they will!

  2. tdk says

    Just to make you feel better about the cost of your purchase, I bought these for myself (in black) for my 30th birthday. I am turning 35 in less than a month and they are still in heavy rotation every fall/winter and still look almost new. Beautiful, timeless boots. You’ll enjoy them for YEARS.

  3. Lisa says

    I had my eyes on these boots for 2 years but they were unavailable locally in my city in Canada. I was worried about buying on line and paying the import fees and what if they didn’t fit? Then on a trip to NYC almost 3 years ago.. I bought my boots – the same gorgeous color as you are wearing here. I wear them constantly. Absolutely worth the investment.. and happily I bought them for about $90 less than I expected at a little shoe store somewhere between China town and Soho.. Now am saving up for the Frye Jane boot with extended width.

  4. says

    Those look great! I too was on the hunt for a great pair of good quality leather moto boots this fall. My weight goes up and down, but thick legs (and arms) are a constant for me… So even at a size 8 presently, my calves are a little over 14″, which seems to be as wide as most boots come. I found these Camper boots in black (http://www.polyvore.com/camper_mexico_slouch/thing?id=22839425) for a more casual boot, and these Gentle Souls boots (http://gentlesouls.com/pod-appeal-black–14361) for something a little more refined (I hadn’t bought boots in a few years, so I needed some options).

    The Gentle Souls boots fit VERY snugly and I have to slouch them down about a half inch to get them to zip up all the way, BUT leather, especially soft leather stretches over time AND you can usually get your shoes stretched at a cobbler for not very much money. The Camper boots would be a good option for someone with larger calves because they are SUPER slouchy and have an adjustable top buckle.

  5. nadine says

    Inspiring!! I have been asked by strangers if I play prof tennis because my calves are so large.. :O
    I don’t drive, I walk everywhere, so I’ve earned my super large calves. Add some excess weight and nice boots have always been elusive. Or,,, I pull them on triumphantly but they only go below the large part of my calf with lots and lots of accumulated wrinkles at the ankle. Lovely. So I’m super hyped to order these. I’m on Amazon and I see there’s a choice for Extended calf or regular. I’m assuming you have the Extended Calf? Please clarify and I’ll gulp and make the financial plunge :)

  6. says

    Frye boots are absolutely amazing, I actually have four pairs, and they are all completely worth it, they are the only shoes I wear for the most part, September through April, and they most likely will be for the rest of my life because the craftmanship on Frye boots is phenomenal. They are absolutely worth the investment and superior to any other boots I’ve come in contact with…www.fryebootsshop.com

  7. Rebecca says

    Thank you! I have been wanting these boots forever as well, but the cost has stopped me from trying them as I’m not sure if they will fit my calves. All the pictures online featured slim ladies wearing the boots so that was no help to me at all. I have about the same calf measurement as you and I wear a size 11 so I think I might finally give these boots a shot since it sounds like they might actually fit me! This was very helpful to me.

  8. Cecelia D. says

    Do you have a wide foot? I love these boots, but worry they win’t fit my wide foot. They look really great on you.

  9. Sad Googler says

    Those boots look a-mazing on you.
    Seriously.
    I have the absolute worst time of my life trying to find boots. This season (so far), I have already purchased three pairs. Currently waiting on the third to arrive so I can decide which two are being returned to the store. Leather has always been completely out of the question (or so I thought) due to calf width, and I’m far too tall to ever comfortably wear heels, so I have a very limited selection available to me even before you factor in that I also live in a city that has, like, three shoe stores. Including Walmart. Woe, woe, woe is me.
    I will be thinkin’ about these for a while, They really do look so wonderful on you.

  10. Christina says

    Just ordered these based on this review your review that I read a while ago! Haven’t seen them in real life, so ordered through a store in town that trust. My only wonder is if I should have gotten the extended calf . . .
    But thank you for this review. It was super helpful!

    • says

      hey there. how did the regular width work out for you? I have them in my zappos cart now with my finger on the trigger! I’m on the fence about ordering 8.5 or 9. I have wide feet, too…

  11. Amanda says

    thank so much for this!! i want to get these boots so badly! my calf is also 18” and i’ve been looking everywhere for boots that fit. I wear a 9 usually, and I actually went as far as buying an 11 so that they would zip up (barely!). I ended up returning them. I really wish I could try these on before spending THAT much. I’ve never spent more than $100 on shoes, like EVER. But, if they’re as good as you say, I’ll have them for a long time. i’m debating getting them online – I guess I can always return them. it’ll be my christmas gift to myself :-P

    thanks again for posting this – it give me hope there are actually boots out there for me!!

  12. Whitney says

    I want to order these but there are too many colors to choose from! I love the ones you have on, but the pictures on the web don’t look anything like them. Any idea of the exact color you are wearing? Zappos has multiple browns listed. Thanks so much!

  13. Joy says

    Thanks so much for posting this! I was thinking about ordering these and I found your blog in a google search. They look great on you, thanks for helping me out!

  14. Stephanie says

    Thank you so much for recommencing these boots. I, too, have literally spent years trying to find boot to fit my athletic calves. I’m not a very big girl (5’5″, 148lbs) but no tall boot has ever fit. Ever. Today my husband and I spent the day at the mall and all I saw was boots! Everywhere! Argh! I went home in tears because nothing fit. I will be trying the Frye’s on tomorrow, fingers crossed :)

  15. Melissa says

    Thank you for sharing! I have one calf that is kind of wide and one that is really wide. It makes it hard to find boots! Per your advice, I tried the Veronica slouch with the extended calf at Nordstrom. Can I just say love? They looked awesome on! I have wanted a pair of Frye boots forever, back to my college days when everyone was wearing the Logger style. They are so well made and more importantly, look awesome on my calves. Yay!

  16. says

    hi there! thank you so much for your post, it’s really helping me decide! One question though, did you buy the regular Veronica slouch or the wide calf version? your zappos link goes to the regular version. I don’t want to order the wider ones & end up with baggy boots! my trunks are 16″.
    Thanks,
    ~ Bernadette

  17. thank you!! says

    i just HAD to say thank you for this blog post!!! i have been searching for boots to fit my calves for so so long and after reading this post i decided to just give these a try. I am so thankful I did! i ordered from zappos, and the next day i had the PERFECT pair of boots. I didnt even get the wide calf option, I just got a half a size up from my usual shoe size. My favorite part was that the slouchy style helps a ton by not making me look like i have a tiny ankle but a huge calf!

    I highly highly recommend this boot. I know it is very expensive, but amber is right, these will last forever. They are so beautifully made, as all frye boots are. I am so happy I invested in these, and wouldnt have without this post!

    Thank you!!

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    I love these boots! Thank you sooo much for posting this. Actually I love the whole ensemble. Care to share where you got your pieces? Thanks!

  19. Kath M says

    Can you let me know what color you chose? I’m looking at the brown, but yours looks like the color is a bit more “worn” looking. Just beautiful, can’t wait to wear mine!

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  30. says

    I have been searching for wide calf boots like these! I have been wanting a pair of Frye boots as I have decided it is time to invest in quality pieces that I will have for years instead of spending less on more trendy cheaply made items. I also have an 18 inch calf and I wear a size 10 so I think these will work. Ordering now from zappos!

  31. New reader says

    Thanks for this review. Frye owes you a commission — I just ordered mine! I think we could trade clothes if we knew each other, so I have my fingers crossed that these will fit me.

  32. Gretchen says

    Just an FYI. I wear a size 8 and have a 16 1/2 calf and these fit me with room to spare. The part that makes them larger is nice because it lets it get larger without showing the world that you need extra room. I have friends that have had Frye boots for years. All you need is a resoling after a few years if they get a lot of use.

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