Over-the-knee boots are almost unanimously beloved. If you're averse to pants, the leg coverage allows you roam free without the constraint of trousers. On the other hand (er, foot), the style adds an extra layer of calf protection over your favorite pair of jeans. No matter how you wear 'em, they're likely a staple in your fall wardrobe.
But, tall boots are a double-edged sword: Though extremely practical, they don't come in a one-size-fits-all silhouette. Individuals with wider calves get the short end of the over-the-knee-shoe stick. If the opening of the boot is too narrow, taking them off at night turns into an awkward dance. And, attempting to free your foot from their leathery grip is but the cherry on top of a long day of scratching and pinching against your skin (if you dare to go bare-legged).
All of this can be a thing of the past once you figure out the magic number: your calf circumference. Once you do, take a look at the 18 boots ahead — some made specifically for wide calves and others featuring clever design elements — that'll give you the perfect over-the-knee fit. Take a step in the right direction, and click on for some of our favorite calf-friendly styles.