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Boot Fitting Guide: How to Measure Your Calf Fit

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Boot Fitting Guide: How to Measure Your Calf Fit

Boot season is back, and we couldn’t be happier about it. There’s nothing quite like a pair of knee-high boots, they’re the style to herald when the weather dips – dare we say they’re the most satisfying purchase of the year? 

When it comes to shopping online for knee-high boots, how do you find the boots that will fit your calf? 

Cue the Tailor Made collection, our edit of size-inclusive styles are the boots to know, each crafted with a selection of calf fits from extra slim to slim, medium, and wide. They promise to take the hassle out of online shopping by match-making you with the tall boots that fit like they’ve been made to measure. 

Beautifully crafted, the Tailor Made edit boasts classic and elegant knee-high boots cut from polished high-grade leathers that are sculpted to fit and accentuate the shape of your calf. 

How should knee-high boots fit?

It may seem like an obvious statement, but your boots should fit comfortably, with a little wiggle room to allow a small amount of movement as your feet expand throughout the day. 

Remember, your boots should never slip at the heel. 

Knee-high boots look their best when they fit snugly around your calf, embracing your shape without feeling tight. Too wide a gap could spoil the shape and the look of your boots. Too tight, they’re likely to feel uncomfortable. 

To help you to find the perfect-fitting boots, we’ve put together a need-to-know guide on how to find your calf fit. Scroll on to find the best fit for you.


Grab a tape measure and take a seat. With the help of our calf fitting guide …

Step 1: Grab a fabric tape measure and take a seat with your feet flat on the floor and knees at a 90-degree angle, this will mean your calf is at its widest.

Step 2:  Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your calf, be sure to keep the tape taught but not tight. Measure both calves, if the measurements differ, take the larger of the two.

Step 3: Use our calf fitting table (left) and the links below to find your best calf fit.

Tip: Want to wear your new knee boots over trousers or tights? Wear them as you measure to ensure an exacting fit.

Shop by calf fit

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re passionate about delivering the shoes and boots that are endlessly wearable, and up-to-date, yet remain entirely classic and timeless. The Tailor Made boot collection promises all of that. 

In case you need a little extra persuasion, take a scroll through the collection to find out for yourself, each style is available with four calf fits.

How to care for knee-high boots

With the right care your knee-high boots are more likely to stick around for the foreseeable, plus you can keep them looking as fresh as the day they arrived.

Shop Catanzaro Standard Calf Boots

How to Clean & Polish Your Boots

  • Remove any dust or dirt with a soft dry cloth or a stiff brush. 
  • Apply shoe cream to nourish and condition the leather uppers. 
  • Leave your boots to absorb the shoe cream before buffing out any excess in small circular motions with a soft shoe brush. 
  • Apply wax polish to the upper, starting from the bottom of the boot and working your way up. 
  • Work the polish in with circular motions before buffing out any excess with a soft brush for the desired finish. 
  • Use boot trees to store your newly polished pair of boots to preserve their ‘just new’ look.


To ensure you get the most from your favourite pair of boots it’s important to understand how to care for your boots when they’re off your feet too.  

Boot trees or shapers are an absolutely essential purchase for your long boots. Not only will this help to preserve your boot’s ‘just like new’ look, but they will maintain their original shape, eliminating any creases and will help your boots to dry naturally after wear.  

If you’re retiring your long boots to your wardrobe once the warmer seasons resume, boot trees and shapers will ensure your boots are ready to store safely for months at a time and they’ll be poised to pull out and slip on in cold weather snaps.

Shop Cesena Standard Calf Boots

Cleaning Leather …

Giving your leather boots a regular clean with a dry cloth will help to prevent the build-up of dirt, use a soft horsehair brush for more stubborn build-ups.

Conditioning Leather …

Leather is a natural material, as such, you need to keep it supple to prevent any drying or cracking. A good quality shoe cream will help to nourish the leather and maintain its original finish.  

The use of dubbin is thoroughly recommended, it will help to preserve, protect, and waterproof smooth leathers, keeping them supple and looking as good as new. 

Polishing Leather …

Applying wax polish to leather uppers will build up a form of protection against staining and of course, will give your boots an all-important shine.

Always apply the wax polish in thin layers with a soft polishing cloth, allow the polish to absorb into the leather before buffing out any excess with a brush to leave a stunning gleam.

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