I suffer from a fairly common affliction amongst women . . . the dreaded chunky calf. I’ve always had quite a shapely lower leg but my calves are solid shall we say? I’ve always blamed it on wearing high heels when I was younger but I’m not sure if that’s really the case. Either way it does make make buying boots tricky. The only knee high boots I’ve ever owned were a stretchy pull on fabric and wellies never quite fit properly leaving them slightly ruched around my ankles which aside from looking unsightly also means they have a tendency to rub. Unsurprisingly I don’t really bother shopping for anything other than ankle boots now. When I spotted the knee length Belle boots on the Hotter website which come in not just a standard fit but also a wider leg too, I didn’t dare hope that they might actually fit me.
When my Hotter boots arrived, I tentatively tried them on, first of all being pleased that they fit my foot but not really expecting them to zip up comfortably. I might have shrieked in delight when not only did the boots zip up easily but they fit beautifully – they hugged my calves without being too tight, the boots fit right up towards my knee – no crumpling at the ankle, no slipping or gaping. Just beautifully fitting knee high boots.
Now, to push my luck, the very first time I wore my Hotter boots I wore them for a proper day out – no wearing them in around the house or testing them out on the school run first. I treated them with a protective spray after some helpful advice from someone on twitter and then headed out to a National Trust property for the day with my friend Donna.
I felt smart and stylish but appropriately dressed for our day out – my feet were warm and comfortable and in fact the boots felt like I’d been wearing them for months, there was no rubbing or stiffness to deal with.
I’ve been wearing my Hotter Belle boots for a couple of months now and I still love them. There’s a little creasing on the toe which has made them look a little scruffy but otherwise they look as good as new.
If you’re looking for boots to fit a wider calf, definitely check out Hotter and let me know how you get on! (My cousin has already bought the Belle boots in black after seeing mine!)
*Disclaimer – I was sent a pair of Hotter boots free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own. Post contains affiliate links.*