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Need cute boots for my narrow feet and narrow calves
June 3, 2012 10:21 AM   Subscribe

Recently stumbled on this years ago question about a search for boots with narrow calves. I have this problem too!

Despite some recent weight gain, I still have chicken legs. I have just started working in offices again and it will be cold in the winter. I will want boots to wear with my skirts.

Black or brown is good. Rounded toe, slightly pointy. No witchy boots. Prefer a chunkier heel, as I tend to get stilletos stuck in crevices.

Bonus round: 9 narrow. If the heel is high enough I can wear a narrowly made "regular" 8.5.

So, ladies. Give me some suggestions that I can put on my birthday/christmas list for this year! I can only ask for so many Antonio Melani dresses before my family starts to think I'm crazy.
posted by bilabial to Shopping (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I just buy whatever I like and take them to a shoe fixy place (cobbler? are they still called cobblers?) and have them ensmallened in the calf. Here in NYC it usually costs about $40-$50, so prolly a bit less everywhere else?
posted by elizardbits at 10:25 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here in NYC it usually costs about $40-$50, so prolly a bit less everywhere else?

Strangely, it cost way more than this in L.A. when I wound up doing it a few years ago (I asked the previous question, and eventually gave up finding boots that fit in the calf from the start). I paid somewhere around $100-150 at the cobbler I used, and every other cobbler I checked with quoted similar or higher prices. The results were on the good side of acceptable, but not great -- certainly nothing like what it was like when I bought boots that actually fit in the calf.

So maybe the cobblers of NYC are just more experienced in this arena?
posted by scody at 10:35 AM on June 3, 2012


Can they ensmallen all the way down the ankle? Because my legs are skinny all the way down. Not just the meaty (meatless?) calf part.
posted by bilabial at 10:59 AM on June 3, 2012


Duo specialise in women's fitted boots, and offer eleven different calf widths. They ship internationally, and do returns.
posted by hot soup girl at 11:05 AM on June 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


sorry to keep chiming in. Here's my experience with Duoboots. The short version is that I was pretty unsatisfied with them, though certainly other people's mileage may vary.

Can they ensmallen all the way down the ankle? Because my legs are skinny all the way down.

Yes, though it seems there can potentially be a limit to how tight they can get the ankles based on the existing construction of the particular boot you're adjusting. The cobbler who did mine, for example, was able to get the calves snug, but the ankles only semi-snug.
posted by scody at 11:31 AM on June 3, 2012


I had a good experience worth Duo boots, and would recommend them.
posted by medusa at 2:31 PM on June 3, 2012


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