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Kinds of Boots for Women With Big Calves

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots offer a classic look that doesn't seem to be going out of style anytime soon, and it's not hard to see why. The boots -- you can get a pair of flat ankle boots or wear ones with a heel -- end at ankle level, leaving most of your legs bare so they look as long and lean as possible.


A pair of booties is one option if you have larger calves. Booties vary in height but typically hit at the lower part of your calves, leaving most of your legs bare so they're elongated and your calves aren't accentuated. Better yet, wear your booties over a pair of dark tights or leggings to offer a slimmed-down effect on your legs overall.

Knee-High Boots

Knee-high boots are a staple, and every woman should have at least one pair in her closet. Knee-high boots work well if you have larger calves because they skim over your calves. That keeps the focus higher up your leg instead of right on your calves -- where you don't want it. Opt for a pair that's looser and scrunchy or one made of stretchier materials so there's room for your calves to fit comfortably.

Over-the-Knee Boots

For the most slimming effect, opt for a pair of black over-the-knee boots. Black is a neutral color, so it works with all colors -- which means you can wear black boots with pretty much anything. They work especially well over leggings and skinny jeans; wearing them with bare legs can end up looking less chic and a bit more like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman."

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