In light of Angie's post today I thought I do a quick review of some tall boots I just ordered. I have a really hard time finding tall boots - I don't think my calves are necessarily wide, they're just short and start widening closer to my ankle than most. I have never been able to zip up a tall boot that didn't have some sort of healthy stretch paneling in the back of the leg. So I have had a HEWI for years of a tall black boot, with a block heel under 3", that I can actually zip. I want them primarily to wear with dresses and skirts during winter - so on the dressy side. I recently ordered 4 pairs of boots and I could zip up 3 of them (amazing) and one is a keeper!
#1 Sarto Katrina riding boots - these are a beautiful boot. Maybe a little more casual than what I was thinking which didn't matter since they were the only pair of the lot that I couldn't zip past my ankle. The "stretch" panel on the back is not very stretchy. I wouldn't be surprised if these would even work for someone with a skinnier than average calf.
#2 Donald Pilner Carmack tall boot - beautiful and sleek. The whole top portion of the boot is stretchy - almost like a scuba material. I was wearing black tights when I tried these on and almost couldn't tell where the boot ended and the tights began. They did bunch at my ankle a little but I think that was because of my lower calf catching the shaft. Even so I would have really had to consider these if I hadn't found a better for me pair. - ETA - I did find the foot bed too hard in these and wouldn't have tried an insert if I had considered keeping them. But I do have sensitive feet.
#3 Sarto over the knee boot - I tried these in black and they fit beautifully over tights, leggings or skinny jeans. To me they had a little more of a casual vibe than what I was looking for but I am considering getting them in this whiskey color.
#4 BCBG Dice round toe boot - I got these in the all suede version and they fit like they were specially made for me. And they were the ones on sale. Woo Hoo! I'll post a picture when I wear them the first time.

Happy boot shopping!