My calves are all muscle. I spent most of my childhood riding horses and competing in eventing. Unless you want to fall off mid-jump on the cross-country course, you use your legs to stay on, resulting in some pretty strong limbs. Add barre and weightlifting to the mix and my calves? They’re not small.
I love riding boots, but finding riding boots that go over my muscular calves is a feat. I feel like I’ve tried every wide calf riding boot out there. I’ve definitely tried every wide calf boot in Charlottesville.
For the last three or four years, I’ve been wearing a pair of riding boots I got at Target. They held up well, especially for the $40 price tag, but after last season, they had lost a lot of their glamour. They were beat up, scuffed up, and stretched to a point that I spent half my day pulling them up when I wore them. This fall, it was time to replace them.
And so, the search for the best wide calf riding boot commenced.
I tried on boot after boot in DSW. I had high hopes for the Frye line, which were dashed pretty quickly. I tried on boots at Target, Rack Room, Belk, JCPenny, anywhere that had wide calf boots.
In the midst of this searching, a friend posted on Facebook, asking for recommendations on the best wife calf riding boots. “Sam Edelman Penny Boot!” kept coming up over and over again. Curious, I went to Nordstom’s website and searched for them.
Whenever I buy from sites like Nordstrom, I read the reviews. Nearly every review raved about these boots as being perfect for those of us with wide calves. Since Nordstrom makes returns so easy, I decided to give them a try.
Wide calf ladies, the Sam Edelman Penny Boot did, in fact, solve all my problems in the riding boot arena. They are gorgeous (and currently on sale!), and oh so comfortable. They zip up the back, come in brown, black, and gray, and are oh so stylish. My only complaint about them is that they are almost too tall, but that has more to do with the fact that I’m 5’2.” I’ve worn them several times now, and receive compliments every time.
These boots are the first pair of riding boots I’ve splurged on. Every other pair I’ve owned have came from Target or Rack Room. Because I invested in them, I’m being a little more cognizant about boot care. Part of the demise of my previous pair had a lot to do with the grit and grime from salt and other ice melting chemicals used during the winter months, wear that is unavoidable as I walk a few blocks to my office from the parking lot every morning and take my pup out several times a day.
Fortunately, almost the same day I bought them, King Ranch Saddle Shop reached out to me about their boot care tips and products. Check out their tips for keeping your boots (and an other leather shoes!) looking their best.
King Ranch Saddle Shop also has a selection of beautiful boots for men and women. I keep navigating towards these beautiful equestrian boots and these brown cord stitch boots have me considering replacing my cowboy boots. (And can we talk about their bags?! Gorgeous.)
I know I’m not the only girl out there looking for the best wide calf riding boot. If you’re in the same boat, check out the Sam Edelman Penny Boot. They’re also available on Amazon, but you can’t beat Nordstrom’s return policy if they don’t work out!