Over-the-Knee Boots: A Winter Must-Have
I’ve raved about over-the-knee boots before, and that’s because they’re one of my winter go-to items for classic style. These boots are quite versatile – I wear them with miniskirts, jeans or tight pants, even with long sweaters worn as dresses! I have a variety of over-the-knee boots, but my favorites are my elegant black ones with the gold zipper running up the outer side and a small chunky heel from ShoeDazzle. The heel size makes them ideal for wearing all day without my feet hurting, which is why I wear them more often than say my grey knee-highs with the 5-inch stiletto that requires perfect weather conditions (no rain, ice, sleet or snow) and minimal walking in the plan in order to survive the day.
What to consider when buying Over-The-Knee boots
While I may be a lover of over-the-knee boots, buying them does come with very careful consideration, especially when purchasing online as I usually have to with shoes (fashionable size 11 shoes just aren’t easy to find in stores like the mall – just ask Paris Hilton, who wears the same size and has talked about getting heels custom-made just so she could have cute options!) Typically, when it comes to the problem area of knee-high boots, it’s usually that the calf area tends to run too small OR too big for people. I tend to fit most knee-high boots and have fairly small calves, but even still, some types are a little tight for my legs. When this is your problem, there’s two options you can choose from: purchase a wide calf version of the shoe or get rid of them.
Over-The-Knee Boot Hacks for Slippage
When the issue is the calf area being too big, there are a few more options to make these work. This problem usually occurs for people who order the “wide calf” option, which is an option on ShoeDazzle and JustFab, but sometimes it can happen to people who have really small legs. If you’re one of those people who orders a normal knee-high calf size and still find that they fall down easily on your bare leg, they may just not be the style for you! Quick fixes though to consider if this is your problem – opt to wear pants to help them stay up. If that doesn’t work, try also adding a pair of thick knee-high socks that are well-fitting. If you’re getting so desperate that you’re ordering double-sided tape to try and keep your boots up, take my advice, girlfriend: get rid of them.
Not all over-the-knee boots are made the same, so oftentimes, cheaper options that aren’t made well will cause the most problems when it comes to slippage. I tend to stick with the two above mentioned online shoe shops because they’re never steered me wrong. If you’re shopping online to find a good brand, there will probably be some trial and error to find the perfect over-the-knee boot for your calf size. But if you’re shopping in-person, take those babies on a quick test-walk around the shoe department and make sure they actually stay up before you buy them!