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August 14, 2007

Finally! Boots for the Fatted Calf!

Filed under: Be Super Fantastic,Boots,Fashion — Miss Plumcake @ 12:19 am

Hang onto your hairnets ladies, I’ve finally found them. The well-made wide-calved tall boots of superfantasticness.

UK-based Duo Boots has 27 styles of mid-calf and tall boots that can be measured to your exact size with heels that go all the way from flat to 4 inches and calf widths in “every centimetre from 30-50cm.”

It gets better! Even with the weak dollar and the crazy-go-nuts expensiveness of London (where Plumcake as recently as last May paid 9 American dollars for a glass of tepid canned grapefruit juice that didn’t even have cocaine* in it) all of these boots are very reasonably priced.

I’m pretty sure I’ll need at least three pair for my trip in December.


These kitten heels will come in handy when I’m single-malting my way around Scotland. The bag is Vivienne Westwood –in plum of course– and big enough to hold a haggis. Vivienne Westwood


After a highland fling, I’ll be in the hallowed halls of Cambridge University, applying for a Masters program and trying to find that elusive creature –the strapping young buck who made it through 12 years of all-boys public school and still like girls. I’ll keep it strictly classroom with these trim riding boots and a Falchi bag I bought on sale.


Finally when I’m in London it’s all about bringing post-punk sexy back with these stilettos and this great Viv Westwood handbag which just happens to be part of my personal collection.

Vivienne Westwood's

Fabulous boots that fit curvy calves? Talk about anarchy in the UK.

*Plumcake would never touch the stuff. Don’t do drugs. Stay in school.


  1. I got the first pair in their last sale. They are amazing.

    Comment by Laura — August 14, 2007 @ 1:26 am

  2. Those public school boys either like women too little or too much. I spent a year in Oxford and I speak from personal experience. However, my footwear was not quite that charming, so perhaps you will have better luck.

    Comment by Miriam — August 14, 2007 @ 2:27 am

  3. I’ve bought 2 pair from Duo. Fabulous fit and I’ve started to where skirts again after 10 years.

    Comment by Olivia in Oz — August 14, 2007 @ 3:00 am

  4. fantastic boots! Great headline, too.

    Comment by Jane — August 14, 2007 @ 7:19 am

  5. I am travelling to London in a couple of weeks and was gearing up to schlep through all the shoe stores to try on boots that zipped only so far. You have spared me hours of thankless shopping! Now I am going straight to Savile Row to spend all of my travel allowance, food money, gift money and drink money on boots!

    Comment by Maria — August 14, 2007 @ 8:38 am

  6. yay!

    Comment by kalamari — August 14, 2007 @ 10:32 am

  7. Duo’s shoes are also nice for those of us with feet like little boxes – as wide as they are long (well, almost). Just measure carefully, and you will be rewarded with gorgeous boots and shoes that fit very well.

    If only they made ski boots …

    Comment by Nabushi — August 14, 2007 @ 11:03 am

  8. I have the skinny-ish calves. However, unfortunately for me, but not so unfortunately for you all, Nordstrom’s carries Sudini boots. They are very generous in the calf area. Watch for them!

    Comment by Dowdydiva — August 14, 2007 @ 11:27 am

  9. Yummy yummy yummy! I’ve discovered a trick for small-calfed (is that a word?) boots. Take them to your regular, much-prized shoe maker or repair place and have them sew an elastic gusset into the inner side of the calf. Tada! Boots that fit & don’t cut off circulation :-)

    Comment by Chloe — August 14, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

  10. Oh Miss Plumcake, you are quickly becoming my favourite person on the internet! Hubby has always wanted me to wear long boots, but the wide calf problem prevented such purchases. He says he’s willing to pay “whatever” to get me in some sexy boots…so I’m sending him this link. Me thinks I can finally have boots!

    Comment by Procrastamom — August 14, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

  11. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I’m off to save my next paycheck ;)

    Comment by meimei — August 14, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  12. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE you right now? Because it’s a lot. The kitten heeled ones are mine. I’m going to New York for the first time this Autumn and was already grieving the fact that I wouldn’t be going with sexy boots. Autumn is all about sexy boots and skirts and sweaters. It’s my favorite season, and one we have about a week of in Texas.

    Now, I can live both my New York and autumn dreams simultaneously. Good thing I get a raise tomorrow!

    Comment by sara — August 14, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  13. Ooh! I love Duo boots! I got my first pair last February–got the Porto on sale for only 80 pounds plus shipping. Best $200 American I’ve ever spent. Talk about instant self confidence.
    I have hugegantic calves, ankles and feet–disproportiately big actually–and they fit like a dream.
    Buy them now!

    Comment by Sara — August 14, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

  14. as for me, I have got to have that PLUM BAG!!!

    Comment by Shazza — August 14, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  15. Goodness I love you for posting this.

    Comment by Neneh — August 14, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  16. Ooooooh, I covet some of these. How is the sizing? Do they tend to run large or small?

    Comment by The Jimbles — August 15, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  17. I LOVE my duo boots. Mine are the porto ones. Burgundy leather, just the right heel, and absolutely divine.

    Before I got them, I never really understood the power of a great shoe.

    But now, when I wear them, I walk taller, smile wider, some days (outfit dependent) I even strut.

    They are fantastic, I wish everyone had a pair!

    Comment by Wegan — August 15, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

  18. I bought my first pair in the last sale too. the Lyon, and they are super cute. however, they were actually a little too big in the calf, and I’m not sure if this is because I ordered too big, wanting to make sure they fit (18 inch calves!) or if they just run a bit big? I ordered them in a 48cm calf and would probably go down a size if I did it again (46 cm) anyone else have any experiences with this? I still absolutely LOVE my boots, and I definitely plan to order another pair this fall. I have been coveting the oslo but they seem to be sold out in my size. waaah.

    Comment by Kelley — August 16, 2007 @ 7:00 am

  19. I found Duo last year, and didn’t buy as I had a very nice pair of high boots I had bought from J.Jill–they have a wide elastic gusset in the back that then laces up. However, from extreme wear, my lovely J.Jill boots have bitten the dust, and I will be wearing Duo boots this fall. I just wish they had a navy suede boot, my holy grail of footwear…

    Comment by Pencils — August 16, 2007 @ 11:11 am

  20. Hey I just got an email this morning from duo boots — their new fall collection is online now!

    Comment by Kelley — August 17, 2007 @ 7:26 am

  21. I cannot wait to order my first pair; waiting for my winter bonus to get my boots!

    Comment by Amoly10 — August 17, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  22. Hey guys, i’m glad to see there are fellow DUO worshippers out there. I bought a pair from the new season already! Samara in Mulbery suede. Delicious! Do you know DUO do boots for small calfs too. They go down to 30cm!

    Tara x

    Comment by Tara — September 3, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  23. I have found a wonderful site last week. I am waiting for my second pair of boots in brown to arrive. You should check out this great site!

    Comment by Moviegirlerica — September 12, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

  24. i am a senior citizen with orthopeadic fitting feet ,i can not get calf length boots in my size 4.50 EEEE ,even wrote away to some makers -but was told they couldn’t help as it meant stopping the making of slippers and wouldn’t be viable ,i can get EEE fitting which are no good ,surely someone makes them ,to have them fitted is too costly -can you help ?Nancy

    Comment by nancy — September 15, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

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