Finding the best riding boots for wide calves can be tricky – especially if you’re also looking for long riding boots that are either smaller in the foot or not of regular length. Of course, short boots and half chaps or gaiters are an option in many cases – half chaps often have a larger range of wider fits, which are not limited by the size of your foot – but sometimes a pair of well-fitting long riding boots are exactly what you want.
Ill-fitting riding boots can have an effect on your safety, comfort and enjoyment while riding. It’s important to really consider what you need from a new pair of boots before you buy them.
How to choose riding boots for wider calves
Most close-fitting tall riding boots will have a full-length zip at the rear, which makes them easier to get on and off, but also ensure a snug fit. Some boots will have elasticated panelling to help improve the fit – some styles do this in a smarter way, so this may be something you want to consider. You’ll also be able to choose between field boots (with laces) and dress boots (without) – this is usually a matter of preference, but dress boots tend to be favoured by dressage riders.
Always check the size guides when choosing between different pairs of boots – each brand will have slightly different measures for regular, wide and extra-wide, and while your size might not be catered for by one, it may be by another. It’s also important to know that boots should feel tight when you first buy them as they’ll soften and drop with wear – it’s not unusual to need help from a friend or shop assistant to get you into a new pair.
Trade stands at big shows, such as Badminton Horse Trials, are a great place to shop for boots with a wider calf – there will be a wide selection to choose from in one place, and the stand holders will be able to help you put them on. If you still have no luck finding long riding boots for wide calves, your next option is to try made to measure boots.
Best riding boots for wide calves
Brogini Modena Riding Boots
Sizes: EU 36–43, in wide or extra wide
These riding boots are made from an easy-care and durable synthetic leather, which makes them suitable for vegans. They are available in two calf widths – wide or extra-wide – and are a great option if you’re on a budget.
Shires Moretta Maddalena Riding Boots
Colours: Black, brown, tan or navy
Sizes: UK 4–9, with four calf width options
These boots are beautifully detailed and available in four different colours. Made from full-grain leather, which is soft to touch, they also have a full leather linings and nubuck calf grips. They feature a full lace-up front, UltraFit leg panels, leather grip spur rests and ActiveFlex shock-absorbing insoles.
Rhinegold Luxus Long Leather Riding Boots
Colours: Black or brown
Sizes: UK 3–11, in four calf widths or UK 3–8 in a further wider width
Catering to a wide range of sizes, these boots are available in four calf widths as standard, but they are also available in extra-short (with four calf widths) and extra-wide in sizes 3–8. They feature a wider, smooth-feel zip pull and two pleated, elasticated leather sections at the back of the boot for a comfortable fit. With spur guards and a sure grip sole these boots are practical as well as smart.
Hy Equestrian Tuscan Field Boots
Sizes: EU 36–41
Available only in a wide fitting, these boots from Hy are made with a specialised combination of real and synthetic leather to offer a supple and comfortable boot from the offset. The synthetic stretch leather closely hugs the contours of the calf with no restriction, allowing precise and controlled leg movements. These boots feature a breathable lining, hygienic insole, anti-skid sole, spur guard and full-length YKK zip.
Mark Todd Long Leather Boots
Sizes: 37–45, with three calf width and two height options
RRP: From £149.99
These Mark Todd boots are available in five different fittings to cater for a range of leg shapes. Made of quality leather with a soft synthetic lining, which makes them comfortable and easy to wear straight away, these boots have rubber injected soles, a full-length rear zip at the back and elastic fastening tab at the top. Also available as dress boots without laces.
Dublin Holywell Tall Field Boots
Sizes: UK 4–8, with two calf width and two height options
are made from full grain leather. The Tall boots feature a leather lining and full leather elasticated panel for the perfect fit. They are contoured through the ankle with a high Spanish cut top line. RCS footbed with cradle offering arch support.
Tredstep Donatello SQ II Tall Boots
Colours: Black or brown
Sizes: UK 3–11, with 10 calf width and three height options
These unisex field boots are available with 10 width fittings to make sure you can find the best fit. This boot is the latest generation of the Donatello and focuses on rider comfort and movement.
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