Well, the good news is that the Donatello zip up this time. The bad news is that the only thing worse than having a pair of boots that you know don’t fit is having a pair of boots that sort-of fit. 🙁
My biggest fear when I ordered the plus size Donatello was that I would sacrifice the fit in the rest of the boot for a wide enough calf size to go around my chunky (read MUSCULAR) legs. While the foot still fits well, this pair is pretty loose in the ankle—enough so that if I lift the top of my foot up there’s an inch or so between my heel and the sole of the shoe. They’re a little tall (they added 1/2″ to the height in the plus size and it’s just enough to make them uncomfortable) and the top of the boot doesn’t taper in from the wide calf as much as I need it to, so it’s very loose around my knee, too.
It’s twice as discouraging because these are the only boots I’ve found that will fit my calves (these ones are 16″, though I could probably go 1/4″ smaller), so it looks like the only way I’m going to get a better fit is to spend beaucoup bucks for a custom pair. Looks like I’ll have to wait until Monday to have The Trainer take a look and tell me whether these plus size Donatello are worth keeping or if I’m doomed to spend $1200 on custom boots at some point in the future.