Best Thigh-High Boots Reviewed & Rated
I think we can all agree that one of our favorite things is when other women stop us in the mall and tell us they love our shoes and ask us where we got them. Since they are available in many different styles, brands, colors and materials, the possibilities are truly endless. Wedges, spikes and chunky heels, these boots are a must-have and truly become an addiction! Here are the top 10 we found after hours of research and evaluation.
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Deep Tread For Grip
- Kaitlyn Pan Lowland
- Breckelles Alabama-12
- Stuart Weitzman 5050
- Nine West Brenna Combat
- Marc Fisher Nella
- Steve Madden Gorgeous
- Naughty Monkey Frilly Fanta
- Steven Madden Gabbie
- Forever Link Camila-48
- Sam Edelman Peyton
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Top 10 Picks
1. Kaitlyn Pan Lowland
Deep Tread For Grip
Dye Tranfers To Socks
At a higher price point, these Kaitlyn Pan’s are worth the splurge. Made out of microsuede on the outside and lambskin on the inside, these are quality. They cushion your feet and legs like your favorite pair of UGGS. And as they’re only available in five colors, you can’t deny that they are lovely for anyone's particular taste and style.Read more
When looking for a close-fitting boot it’s important to know what they’re made from. The lining in the Pan’s is made from Lycra, an elastic polyurethane fiber that gives you snug fit and flexibility other shoes don’t. Constructed from a top quality microsuede, the feel of these boots is indescribable. Add in the comfortable footbed, and you have a pair of boots that you can wear all-day and all-night!
2. Breckelles Alabama-12
Lace-Up For Snugness
Man-Made, Vegan Friendly Materials
The Alabama-12’s are officially labeled a riding boot. They’re more for practicality than fashion but are still very stylish. Their initial design is similar to the Camila’s but hugs the legs tighter with a shorter heel. The toe is rounded rather than tapered, which gives a little more wiggle room. If steampunk is your go-to, Alabama’s are going to be your number one choice.Read more
As we all know, the material is very important when it comes to the appeal of shoes. Made out of 100% synthetic material these boots are vegan-friendly. This also means they’re more likely to stand up to everyday wear. And with zipper closures, the boot becomes and easy on, easy off access.
3. Stuart Weitzman 5050
Bunches At Ankles
Genuine leather makes a polished, even powerful statement when combined with simplistic style. Take the plunge with these real imported leather, A-list boots from Stuart Weitzman. An ultra-slim fit that flexes with your legs is hard to come by but the 50’s are exactly that. Even the insole is genuine leather, which makes them all the better.Read more
A micro stretch panel runs down the length of the back, helping to achieve that "flawless fit", and makes for the ultimate in comfort. No more pulling up your boots when they start to slouch, or feeling too stiff that you won't be able to bend your knees when sitting. 'STUART' signature on the sole runs along with deep grooves, giving the tread the perfect amount of traction. Also being made from a quality rubber they grip the ground and absorb impact, giving ultimate comfort.
Even though you may be hesitant to spend a bit more than your comfort budget on ‘boots’ you deserve to splurge on that one pair. The quality SW achieves, means these will last longer than any other pair you may buy. Spend more for one pair that you’ll still wear years to come, or buy a new cheaper pair every few months? The choice is up to you!
4. Nine West Brenna Combat
Corset Inspired Lace Back
Snug Slimming Fit
Business or Evening Appropriate
Suitable for Longer Periods of Wear
Soles Require Scuff Pad
Narrow Shaft Opening
This tall mixed material boot by Nine West is sure to stop traffic. The Brenna Combat boot combines rich looking polished toe with a suede shaft, and incredible lace up detail from the heel to collar of the boot. With a heel that measures just under 3 inches, they are great for using as a statement piece to tailored pencil skirts, or to dance the night away when paired with leggings or a mini. It brings together elements of both subtly sexy with no-nonsense, making it a great addition to your closet!Read more
Even though color brings life to some styles of footwear, the same can be said for textures, especially when crafted effectively. The Nine West Brenna Combat keeps a polished toe to contrast with soft suede shaft, bringing together a wonderful texture to the boot. Able to be paired with several kinds of ensembles, it’s suited for both business dress and evening styles, making it a versatile piece to own.
One of the most striking features of the Brenna Combat is the back of the boot. From the heel all the way to the shaft opening is similar to a corset inspired design, with stiffer lace to hold the boot together in place. A small tie at the top bring the imagery to life, giving it a subtle sexy appeal. Three-inch heel makes these comfortable for walking or wearing for extended time frames, so you can hustle to your next meeting or dance away the night with friends.
5. Marc Fisher Nella
Creates A Slimming Look
Chunky Heel For Stability
Stretchy Fabric Hugs Calf
Soft Feel On Skin
Shaft Can Slouch On Thinner Thighs
This tall, nearly 4-inch heel over the knee boot from Marc Fisher is stretchy and comfortable for fit, and sure to keep you warmer while looking good in cool weather. The Nella is simplistic in its style, which gives it a slimming capability when paired with short skirts or shirt dresses. An inside zip help makes them easy to pull on an off, while a chunkier heel helps give stability when walking about. Great for this fall’s fashion trends!Read more
Slouchy boots can be quite stylish, but sometimes, you just want a slim boot that stays put and over your knees. The Marc Fisher Nella has a stretchy synthetic and textile upper so they’ll stay put. An inside zipper makes these simple to pull on and off, and once zipped up, they hug the calf without being restrictive.
This over the knee boot packs a chunkier heel that hits just under 4-inches, so you’ll get a confident boost in height in the Nella. An almond shaped toe helps give some room in the toe box area, while keeping to the sleeker look and feel of the boot.
Slightly more expensive when compared to others on our list, it’s still quite reasonably priced for what you get. The clean, simple design creates a slimming illusion, and the Marc Fisher Nella’s stretchy textile uppers will help accentuate the calf while helping to keep the boot from falling. Inside zipper helps make them easy to pull on, and have you out the door to work in no time. A great option to consider for your next pair!
6. Steve Madden Gorgeous
The Steve Madden Gorgeous above-the-thigh boot can be summed up in one word: gorgeous. With a 21” shaft and a 3” inch heel, this boot is perfect for anyone that is looking to accentuate or imitate height and leg length. Available in black, gray and taupe, you can easily pair this boot with your favorite skirt for a drop-dead gorgeous look.Read more
This Steve Madden continues the designer’s tradition of creating footwear for the stylish and elegant wearer looking to flaunt a bit of sex appeal. The delicate bow that wraps the top of the upper allows for an adjustable fit, while also adding a sense of femininity. The faux leather construction is perfect for those not comfortable with genuine leather.
The rubber, synthetic outsole is durable and resistant to wear-and-tear, especially in colder climates or cities where salted roads are staples in the winter months. The traction offered by the Gorgeous ensures you can look good and feel secure when strutting down Madison or Wall.
7. Naughty Monkey Frilly Fanta
Soft Suede Uppers
Good For Walking or Standing
Great For Wider Thighs
Good For Motorcycles
Run Narrow and Smaller
Can Tend to Slouch
In search of something with some fringe? The Naughty Monkey Frilly Fanta is a soft suede boot, with a small heel and plenty of fringe fun. A dual buckle embellishment adds an urban flair to the boot, and instep zipper helps make them a cinch to pull on and off. A wider opening allows for larger calves and thighs, so you know you’ll get a great fit. Great for stepping out on the town, it keeps a motorcycle rebel feel to its style elements.Read more
The Frilly Fanta is an over the knee style of boot that boasts of soft suede uppers. A waterfall of fun fringe falls on the outstep of the boot, creating movement in the style that will have heads turning. At the toe box and ankle lies a double monk strap buckle, that gives it some urban flair and appeal.
The shaft opening of the Frilly Fanta is larger than most other models, at just over 16-inches it allows for larger calves or thighs to fit comfortably in the boot. An inside zipper helps for easy access even further, making them a cinch to pull on and off. A low heel combined with other style elements gives it a motorcycle boot feel and function, so you can look good riding about town!
8. Steven Madden Gabbie
Low stacked heel
A New York original, Steve Madden is known worldwide for his tasteful and seductive style of shoes, sandals and boots. The Gabbie thigh-high boot is no exception, combining perfection proportions and a high shaft with a sturdy low-stack heel. Every woman in America needs a pair of these boots, as their sky-high length can make anyone look like they have lean, long legs.Read more
The Gabbie’s upper is made from a textile that closely resembles a suede or faux-suede look, paired with a wider heel that makes them easy and comfortable to walk in. The stitch of the boot gently adds definition and structure to the textile upper. By running up and down the center of the front of the boot, it gives the illusion, or even accentuates the reality, of height and length of the leg, allowing the wearer to feel their best. Pair it with a black skirt and you are off to the races!
9. Forever Link Camila-48
Lace-Up for Snug Fit
Bunches Slightly At The Ankles
The Camila-48 boots are over-the-knee boots that lace all the way up, making them one of the only quality pairs that are customizable to your calf and thigh sizes. Made from quality synthetic leather, they’re practically guaranteed to last. With only a 2.5-3” tall heel losing balance will be the least of the wearer's worries. They also feature zippers that run down the sides all the way to the bottom, with a tapered toe for comfortable wear.Read more
Comfort is something the Camila-48’s are loved for. We all hate the beautiful shoes that kill our feet. These Forever Link boots being leather, lace-up and made with quality craftsmanship make them a great choice for someone looking for a bargain.
10. Sam Edelman Peyton
Faux suede upper
Inside zipper for easy on/off
Back-tie for adjustable fit
One of the absolute favorites on our list, the Sam Edelman Peyton is another over-the-thigh boot, with a shaft measuring in excess of 23”. With unique colors, such as “black microsuede”, the Peyton features a synthetic sole for excellent traction, with a rounded toe and modest 1.25” heel. The textile/suede upper is pleasing to the touch and the lines in the stitch accentuate the natural form of the wearer, adding length and height.Read more
What we love most about the Peyton is the details that add a touch of class and style. In addition to the stitch and suede upper, the side zipper adds another dimension to the boot, while making it easy for the wearer to put on and take off. The tie at the back of the boot not only lets you achieve a fit adjustable to your unique leg shape, but it also lends a further sense of femininity to the boot, expressed through a delicate bow. The contrast in fabric colors between the highest part of the upper and the rest below it gives a unique constrast and further adds a sense of style and refinement.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
No one wants to be having a great time dancing then have to take off their shoes because it's killing their feet. That's why it's extremely important for your new boots to be comfortable and flexible. What makes this possible? The material they're made from, of course.
Materials That Make the Best Quality Boot
Leather: Shoes made from real leather not only look nice, they're definitely one of the more durable substances. Also, leather is much easier to clean than a lot of other shoes. You also don't need to worry about abrasions on the outside ruining the appearance with how strong it is.
Textile: Different fabrics like polyester and nylon are usually the most common types of materials used to make footwear. This is because they're breathable and comfortable. The names used for these are lycra, rayon, and polypropylene.
Rubber: Another popular material is rubber. Why? Because they absorb impact much better than others do. It's also extremely waterproof.
Suede: Suede is a favorite among many for it's soft, smooth feel. It breathes and looks expensive (which it can be).
Remember, each one will have some sort of downfall that could make or break your decision. For example, leather can get intensely hot and sweaty. Textiles aren't usually long-lasting because they have very little water resistance. If you're looking for lightweight, stay away from rubber since it's fairly heavy. The beauty of suede comes with a price since it stains so easy.
An extremely important aspect you need is the ability to adjust them to fit your legs. Not all brands cater to wide calves, so make sure you read descriptions before hitting "Add to Cart". Reviews are a great help too when you're trying to figure out if they'll fit or not.
Laces: For complete adjustability always opt for boots with laces, since you can loosen and tighten them to your satisfaction. Many of the boots on this list have drawstrings or completely lace up to cater to all women.
Elastic: A surefire way to get a boot that won't slide down past your knees is to buy ones that have elastic bands built in. With this feature, the fit of your boots will be comfortably snug.
Zippers: Boots that have only zippers aren't adjustable but if you're hoping for that edgy look they're what you want for sure. Luckily the companies usually widen the leg shaft as the sizes go up and they're more likely to accommodate wide calves by having separate sizing available.
One major issue with boots is many times the ankles are ridiculously narrow, which can mean an uncomfortably tight fit. It can feel like a boa constrictor is wrapped around your legs every step you take if they're tight in the ankles. A few of the over-the-knees on this list have been reviewed as ankle grippers, but the majority were labeled as just "right". Although, vigorous wear can stretch certain materials over time and loosen those too-tight but oh-so-cute boots.
In addition to ankle fit, you want a proper calf fit. Calves vary in sizes and it can be frustrating to find boots with a proper calf fit. To help alleviate this problem, it’s best to understand the measurements of boots and your own leg measurements.
The height of shaft: Boot shafts are measured from the bottom of the boot to the top of the boot. To have a proper shaft, measure from the bottom of your heel to below your kneecap.
The circumference of calf: Boot calves are measured around the fullest part of the boot leg (usually near/right below the boot leg opening). You can do the same by measuring around the fullest part of your calves (usually the widest part of your calves that sits right below your knees).
The two other measurements are the ankle measurement and the heel measurement. For the most part, those two measurements aren’t as important when it comes to fit like the calf and shaft measurement but if you do find them important, just measure the circumference of the ankles and the center side of the boot heels (if possible). If you are concerned about ankle fit, rest assured that ankle measurements of boots are usually balanced with the calf measurement so you will not have to worry about an uneven fit from ankle to calf.
Wide calf: 16 inches or more. Wide calf boots usually have functional features such as buckles, laces, or stretchy boot leg materials.
Narrow calf: 13 ¾ inches or less. Narrow calf boots will be slimmer and you can tell just by visuals before you even decide to try any boots on. Also, they’ll have fabrications that will instantly form to the narrow calf of the individual.
What about average calves? Judging by the measurements of the wide calf and the narrow calf, it should be understood that average calf measurements fall between the two respective measurements. Usually, boots will be labeled for wide calves or narrow calves and if the boots aren’t labeled as either, it’s safe to assume that the boots are averaged calf. Of course, it’s just better to know your own measurements and find boots that fit the similar measurements. If you can’t try them on before you buy, most product descriptions of sites will have the measurements listed.
With any shoe, comfort can be paramount to whether or not they become a favorite pair of yours or just a pretty decoration in your closet. When you consider where you'll be wearing them, and what you'll be doing in them, knowing what to look for to make them the most comfortable can be a huge help.
Toe Shape: For those with wider feet, usually almond or pointed toe footwear can be difficult to wear for longer times. However, sizing up can tend to solve that issue relatively well. A round toe box can sometime run narrow, so checking reviews on that particular pair helps to decide if you can select your normal size, or if you need to size up to accommodate a wider foot.
Cushioning: Having footwear that already has some cushioned insoles or footbed can help with comfort when you're walking or standing for prolonged periods of time. If you select a boot you simply love for its style, but not comfort, you may want to invest in additional insoles you can insert for extra padding.
Heel Height and Shape: Usually the shorter the heel, the less pressure placed on your toes and forefoot, and more stability you will have. If you option for a higher heel, the most stable usually are those with a chunkier heel than those with stiletto shapes. That said? There are stilettos out there with great cushioning and more room for your toes, which can be quite comfortable!
The style can say a lot about your individuality! From functional and everyday wear, to some with embellishments or fringe, your footwear can either be a statement piece to your wardrobe that turns heads, or something suited for work that keeps you warm and makes your look fashionable.
Embellishments: Several design elements fall into this category, including fringe, longer lace up vamps, even sequins or architectural elements. Usually this kind of style can be more of a statement when added to your ensemble, depending on how you pair it.
Texture: From softer suede that reminds us of comfort and perhaps western or boho styles, to leather which holds a pulled-together kind of style, the texture of your boots can be an important aspect of your style. Mixed textures can give an added boost of fashion sense without being over the top, and can be a great alternative to having an embellishment
Color: Many boots have different color options to choose from, and this can turn a regular, everyday pair into something of a statement. Depending on your intentions for wear, choosing a bright color versus something basic like blacks or browns, can really make an outfit pop!
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Although it can seem intimidating, strutting these in the office can actually go well when paired correctly. Sweater dresses, layering long cardigans that give a boho feel over shorter skirts or leggings, or even just adding a structured suede or leather skirts will make them blend with your ensemble.
To keep their shape, especially if they are made from leather or synthetics, it's a good investment to get a pair of shoe trees made for boots. If these may seem pricey for your budget, we have you covered. Believe it or not, you can always use a rolled-up sheet of cardboard to help maintain the shape of the shaft, or a cut down pool noodle!
Other Factors to Consider
Do you feel like your wardrobe is missing something? That your outfits are giving off the right vibe? Since skin-tight leggings and skinny jeans are now staples in every woman’s closet, you’ll need a set of thigh-high boots to complete the look and make a statement. Let’s give your wardrobe a makeover and give you the look of mile-long legs without the pain of a stiletto. We’re pleased to bring you our top 10 best thigh-high boots.
Although you may think, “I already have plenty of classic brown and black boots with flat soles, why do I need thigh-high boots?”, the truth is a pair of thigh-highs makes a statement unmatched by any other style footwear. A combination of sexy and stylish, you just can’t beat the look that above-the-knee boots offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Skinny jeans and leggings. Any of these will pair up fabulously with them. They keep your legs looking slim, long and lovely. Pairing the two also enhances your 'gluteus maximus' (your butt) to the max thanks to their signature tightness. Over-the-knees will not disappoint you in this aspect. Also, dresses and over-the-knees are a match made in heaven, especially when the dress is shorter than short. Get a pair of these boots and voila, you can now wear that dress and feel no shame! Just remember to bend at the knees if you drop something or be prepared to give everyone behind you a show. (You can also cheat and wear volleyball shorts underneath for extra peace of mind.)
Pool noodles. Recently in the DIY world, women have been cutting pool noodles and putting them inside their boots. This keeps them from flopping to the side and developing ugly creases. Which are practically impossible to get rid of once they're there. It's also a good way to retain the rounded shape for your legs.
Definitely. Each material can be cleaned using various methods. Without proper care your boots won't stay beautiful for very long. Here are some care tips;
Leather: Using a microfiber cloth (like you use for your TV/computer screen), lightly soak water into the cloth and dip into baking soda. This helps get rid of scuffs. Don't scrub too hard or you could damage your boots. Now with a new cloth wipe them down, removing the baking soda residue. Don't let them sit wet, buff them dry with another cloth.
Canvas: Also known as lycra, it's definitely one of the easier types to take care of. Just a bit of cool water and a toothbrush will get out any dirt/spots they've accumulated. After you've dried them just spritz a bit of waterproofing spray.
Suede: Cleaning suede sounds scary if you've heard stories of people accidentally ruining their favorite coat or shoes. Put your fears away because here's an easy method; you can buff away dirt/stains with a brush or cloth, and using a solution (2 parts water 1 part white vinegar) gently wipe away any remaining spots. Let air dry and they will look like new again.
Microfiber: Put simply a soft bristle toothbrush and a bit of Dawn dish soap will keep your microfiber (otherwise known as faux suede) looking brand new.
The idea of them slipping down is embarrassing but there are ways to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. In addition to finding boots that properly fit your calves, you can wear knee-high socks, stockings, or tights because it will give the boot leg fabric to grip. Wearing leggings and denim skinny jeans can help as well. Another trick is to wear double-sided fashion tape and some boot owners get creative by inserting rolled up cards or even elastic hair ties around the knee. Lastly, pure leather boots can minimize this problem and in extreme cases, one can visit a cobbler to tighten the bootleg up.
While some boots provide room for easy slip-on and slip-off maneuverability, other boots are quite snug and make it harder to put them on. Just like wearing socks, stockings, tights, leggings, and denim skinny jeans can hold the bootleg up, they can also make it easier to slip the boots on as well. Another tactic is to fold the bootleg up and then roll it back into place and some people will scrunch the bootleg like a sock for easy put-on. Of course, the boot eg has to be flexible material for it to be folded or scrunched up and it could be harder to do with leather material.
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