It's officially pleather weather!
Fall is that time when we can finally bust out our leather jackets and sexy knee- and thigh-high boots. But if you have thicc calves like me, buying boots can be a bit of a nightmare.
Even more frustrating, the best deals for boots are on Amazon, where the size charts are questionable and the quality is iffy at best. To get the real tea on Amazon's top-selling wide-calf boots, I placed an order and called in my thick calf partner in crime, Antoinea. Here's how it went down...
We were both so excited to try this leather boot ($90) by Jessica Simpson.
These boots have a 16-inch calf circumference, which would be a bit snug on me if not, I expected, for the stretchy band down the center.
Success! Check out that fun view from the back. Red is THE color for fall so these are perfect.
At the end of the day, Amazon has a decent selection, but the sizing and quality can be hit or miss.
This is especially true with the last boots we tried: They advertised a calf circumference of 18.5 inches but didn't zip over my 18-inch calves. But worse than issues with sizing was the style quotient. The designs were mostly generic and the quality was lower compared to what I've seen in straight size knee- and thigh-length boots. These are all boots you'd have for one season or two max. Don't expect the style or quality to last you longer than that.