wide-calf-boot-kiersten1Getting back to Canada in mid-January, after summer in the southern hemisphere, has its disadvantages, but there’s definitely one huge plus: Sales. Sales sales sales.  And since all the stores will be trying to get rid of their winter merchandise, it’s the perfect time to shop for boots, right?

I have one pair of boots that fits marvellously, but they’re a wee bit too tall for everyday semi-casual wear.  So I want a pair of lower ones (1″ heel or so), that I can wear with dresses or pants. 

Except I have wide calves.  They’re not so wide that people see it immediately, and salespeople have looked at my legs when I say I have a problem getting my feet into boots, and said in an attempt at flattery, “Oh really?  I wouldn’t have thought so”, and then when I try to zip it up my calf starts bulging and the zip won’t go, and they say, “Oh, I see.”  Yeah, now you see.  

I got my current pair of boots at Naturalizer, and I actually bought two pairs to try around the house before returning them both, and it hurt; the Rockport was particularly comfy, but no way would I have been able to shove anything but a pair of tights down it.  I’m sure I’ll find another pair.  But it’s the having to try it on, and shopping around, and matching it up with style/size/colour/comfort (and comfort is a very big thing for me), and price, that is just a pain.  A pain in the…foot? 

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.