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What Are Stretch Boots?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

Stretch boots is the term frequently used to describe knee-length boots that cling to the calf, creating a snug fit. This can make legs look slimmer. The stretchable fabric makes it easy to find a great fit for many different sizes. This term can be used to describe any style of boots with at least some stretchy fabric in the design.

People with large or especially muscular legs may have a bit more trouble finding a good fit in traditional boots. Those who need wide shoes and boots may find stretch boots to be the perfect alternative. It is still a good idea to try boots on and walk around in them to ensure that they will be comfortable.

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A person shopping for stretch boots should make sure the upper as well as the “shaft” of the boot is easy to slip on and comfortable for long wear. No matter how great looking a pair of boots may be, the appropriate fit and comfort is just as important as the appearance. Tight footwear can actually harm the feet, especially if worn often or for long periods of time.

There are a number of online shops that offer tutorials to help shoppers choose the appropriate size in stretch boots. This may work well for many shoppers, especially if a size is fairly common. Harder to fit individuals should probably go to a brick and mortar shop and try on at least a few pairs of stretch boots to get an idea of correct sizing, before shopping online. Comparing sizes amongst the different brands may be a good place to start.

One of the great things about many styles of stretch boots is the fact that they do not have a zipper. The look is seamless and there is no worry of snagging stockings. While some boots do have zippers, the fabric still has a bit of stretch for those with larger legs. There are also styles that have a stretch panel in the uppers for a more comfortable fit.

There are many different designs, colors, and materials available for these leg-hugging boots. Stretch boots can be found to match nearly any style, from casual to dressy, from ankle boots to thigh-highs, and from simple to sexy. Shoppers can find a large selection of different types of heels, available in different thicknesses and heights.

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