I receive occasional inquiries requesting recommendations on winter footwear that flatter athletic calves like mine. Unlike mid-calf boots or ankle booties that are more prone to exaggerate shapely calves, over-the-knee boots in the right fit are almost universally flattering and typically have a lengthening effect in even low- or no-heeled styles.

CherryKoko Lace Top | Forever 21 Turtleneck Poncho Sweater (similar) | Aerie Infinity Scarf (similar) | Gap Skinny Jeans | c/o Aerosoles Goldfish Suede OTK Boots | Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote | Kate Spade Idiom Bangle Bracelet | Michael Kors Runway Watch

I have only owned the Aerosoles Goldfish OTK boots for a few weeks but can already attest to their comfort (Aerosoles boots all have memory foam insoles and suede footbeds; the one-inch heel feels better to me than completely flat boots). The website lists the shaft circumference at 11″-12-1/2″ but my pair is roomy enough to accommodate 13-in calves, boot socks, and jeans. The fit is true to size, but those who like to wear extra thick boot socks with their boots might consider ordering a half size larger.


I am a big fan of the simple design, which ensures that these boots will look on trend even after a few years. I’m contemplating getting a second pair in black now that they are on sale online.

Have a great weekend, all!