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Fat Calves

I have fat claves.

I have fat calves.

I have fat calves and I have a problem buying tall boots in the Fall/Winter because of them.

Even when I'm skinny, I have fat calves. I've always had them. I remember being a size four and not being able to find boots that fit. I just have fat calves.

I told this to Mark tonight and said, "I can't even blog about it because it's embarrassing," and he said, "Own it!"

So I am. I have fat calves.

What's prompting this is that I got a pair of Hunter boots today. I thought if anything is going to fit, surely it will be these gigantic rain boots. But low and behold, I tried one on and it got stuck on my leg. I seriously thought I was going to have to cut it off. (The boot. Or the leg.) And you know, the boots are rubber, so the harder I pulled, the hotter my leg became and the tighter the boot got. When I finally pulled it off it was like "Pop!"—it was like a suction.

I'm so bummed out.

I have fat calves.

I have fat calves.

I have fat calves and I hate them.

Reader Comments (23)

i have fat calves too!!!! i always tell myself it's because i'm short; my calves just start lower than everyone elses :)

<3 gina

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergina

Get the Hunter Huntress Model.....they look just like the classics but are made for us Fat Calve girls ;o)

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita

I have fat calves too. Even when I was in high school and all cute and skinny I had fat calves. Someone told me Frye makes a boot that will go over them. Also, if you go to Nordstrom and buy leather boots, they can STRETCH them to fit your calves! Genius! That's the only reason I have a pair of knee boots that fit. :)

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss M!

Hi, my name is Karrie, I also am a fat calves girl. I feel like you should all say "HELLO KARRIE!" Like at an AA meeting. Best part for me is I have no ankle, so i fall into the "Cankle" group. They are the bane of my existence. BUT! I found this place and it has changed my life :) Well, my shoes at least...

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarrie

Is it fat or is it muscle? I used to have the opposite problem. I used to look like Olive Oil whenever I bought boots. Not cute. I've since grown and now I have calves that look pretty good in boots.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

I have always had fat calves myself...whether I am skinny or fat....I cannot buy tall boots. And I have the SAME issue with the Hunter boots...and do not even get me started on tucking my jeans into boots, that's a pipe dream, as is the little Hunter sockies thing that roll over the top of the boot.

And Rita....thanks for the huntress suggestion...I mean even fat calf girls need cute rain boots!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I can't wear tall boots either, due to freakishly muscular, big calves. I was shopping at Nordy's with a girlfriend and tried on a pair and they looked ridiculous. She and I were falling over each other laughing at how bad the boots looked on me when the saleswoman walked up and said, not quite sincerely, "Oh! Those are so cute on you!" More fits of laughter followed...

P.S. I actually saw an artilce that addressed cosmetic surgery for cankles. Seriously???

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I too have always had fat calves, regardless of weight. Some people, however, would refer to them as "shapely" and/or "muscular." Even when I was a size 0, I could never find boots that fit.

However, two things are awesome - stretch leather boots that slip on (there are some REALLY cute, not tacky ones out there today) and Nordstrom, which was mentioned before. I bought a pair of really cute Faconnable boots there a couple of of years ago, which they stretched and they will last FOREVER. Keep looking - you'll find something!

And they aren't fat - they are shapely!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrebeccacdm

karyn, have you tried the "extended calf" boot section at jcrew??

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrissy

me too! I finally found boots years ago that were a bit stretchy and I could zip all the way up. I don't know what I'm going to do when those boots meet their death. *sigh*

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpam

I bought Hunter boots when my old Target ones finally bit the dust, and I have found them so hard to wear. My calves get stuck every time, which is a shame because the boots look awesome. I just feel silly when I have to take them off--never fear, it's not just you! :)

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

LADIES. I feel your pain. I also come from the fat/athletic calves family.

So, to echo another commenter: J.Crew extended calf boots were really good. I have a pair of Frye's that are great, but they are sort of a mid-calf engineer boot length, though I covet the Paige or the Campus boots. But I was really surprised that my current favorite pair of boots is a pair from Coach. Just basic black boots that are pull up.

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersyd

I don't have fat calves... but I do have back fat. It's the last thing to go after having a baby and I'm sick of the muffin top!

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Good

are you trying the boots sitting or standing?don"t underestimate it, boots always fit better when you"re standing.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternina

I used to have that problem until I discovered the following places:

They are plus size fashion stores that sell boots with larger calf sizes. I have bought four pairs now and love ALL of them!!!

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I too have pretty hefty calves and feared that boots would not fit me, but I found like some of the others that if I put a little muscle into it, I could get the leather ones on and the leather magically stretched to fit. It helped that the boots had zippers. These were just regular leather ones not extended not extended or anything. Even though I could barely zip at first and almost despaired, they fit fine. This was with a pretty big shoe size though. I think your problem is exaggerated because you have small feet, so even if your legs are not so big, the bootmakers are figuring that small-foot people will also have small legs, which of course is not always the case.

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme

(I remembered you had small feet from shoe references in your book.)

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme

There's a burger joint in St. Louis called The Fatted Calf. I got all excitied thinking you'd eaten there. But alas you're talking about boots. But now you're thinking about burgers, aren't you?

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Fat calves are okay, it shows you'll be good at plowing the fields and can really toss those bales of hay. Just dont get fat ankles. AKA Cankles. You see a young, skinny, pretty girl with cankles, you know shes gonna be a porker when she gets older. Aviod her at all costs.

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDmitri

Better fat calves than a fat ass (I have both)

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Karyn, I jiggle and play with my calves because of how chunky they are. (im not a fat cow or anything seriously, my calves are just funny) so i embrace it too!!!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Enriquez

Karen, I got those Hunter "Huntress" boots last year from Zappos and love them! It's funny though because they don't look like the cute, slim Hunter boots. They curve out a lot. But they fit my ginormous calves and I can even put my pants inside! Something I can't do with other tall boots. Last year I ordered so many boots, even wide calf, and none fit nicely except Naturalizer boots of all thing! I thought Naturalizer brand might be dorky but they are really cute and really comfortable. Plus they were only about $100. See if you can find some of those too!

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I saw an invention in O Magazine that would help but not for these boots. It's a panel that zips into your boots (obv need zipper boots). Great, right? Shezam. Problem solved.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

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