So here is where I am .... (long)
I wanted a leather riding boot style, low heel, calf width 16.00
- 16.50; shaft height 13.5 – 14”.
Have visited Macys, Nordstrom, DSW IRL, and one smaller local shoe store. I looked at 12+ online sites and 20+ brands, including
all suggestions from earlier in this post. Regular calf width are always too narrow, extra wide calf widths always too wide. Most of the wide calf ones were too narrow, and the few that were good had too tall a shaft height, like the Born ones I showed earlier in this post.
Many sites only allow filtering by “tall boots” (vs. say ankle boots), including Nordstrom. A few more offer additional filtering of wide calf vs regular calf. Only Zappos allows filtering on specific calf width measurements. I didn’t find ANY sites that filter on shaft height. So it’s a lot of reading descriptions for each boot. Some sites like Amazon do not give detailed measurements for some brands.
Someone mentioned Wardrobe Oxygen ... I did fid a good reference for “Wide Calf Boots for Petite Women” but it was written in 2010 so a lot of the info is out of date, and I got no new advice from it.
Walking Cradles Meadow Wide Calf showed 16” calf width online, but the boot was actually 15”. I tried them on, could not zip them up, and then looked online where I found many reviews that said other people also could not zip them up. Took out my measuring tape and they were 15".
The Born ones I showed that were too tall had the shaft height specified on born.com and macys.com as ¾” shorter than the boots IRL. (I ordered from both). If they had been as-specified they would have been perfect. I called Born customer support to discuss what I saw on their web site for the ones I ordered there, and they said it must have been an error in mfg. When I said that the same wrong measurement was listed on Macys.com they had no answer for it and offered me exactly nothing for my trouble.
I found exactly one pair with the right fit but they were synthetic - Macy's Style & Co. My feet perspire a lot and in winter if I wear synthetic footwear my feet get damp and cold quickly. It's leather only for me.
DuoBoots in the UK has 8 calf width sizes and 3 shaft heights (not all choices available in all boots). The quality looks good, prices start around $250. Shipping is free but returns are on your own dime. So if they didn't work I’d have to ship back to the UK, potentially at a premium cost to meet the 14-day return window. Not going there right now.
I've thought of visiting the equestrian shop not far from me but I've run out of steam. I might consider lower-shaft styles (mid calf) but suspect I’d run into the same issues.
I'M DONE!!! This is way too much work for a wardrobe item I’ve lived without for several years. On to other things ...