Waterproof items are pretty much a necessity for Chicago gals. It’s just something that isn’t worth fighting 😂 So, when I was taking photos of this waterproof coat for an Instagram post, I thought it might be smart to snap a few extra photos and chat about my Hunter rain boots while I’m at it!
I’ve had my Hunter originals and short boots for years now. They are staples in my wardrobe – and even though I love my waterproof booties from Everlane, I still reach for my Hunters when the weather is really bad. The booties are nice on mild days when it might not rain all day… but the Hunters will keep more of your legs dry when it’s raining sideways or there are piles of snow and slush to get through. Oh, the joys of Chicago weather!
But how do they fit? And what are they like on petites? What if you have wide calves? Are kids sizes an option? Keep reading, because I’ll address all of these questions below!
Shop the post:
Bodysuit: c/o Everlane (Runs true to size – I have a size small! It’s also pretty thick, so it’s not see through at all!) | Jeans: Everlane (Runs true to size and they have a nice stretch to them. Order in “short” if you’re petite!) | Waterproof Coat: c/o Hunter Boots (This coat is amazing – cute AND practical! My other raincoat is just water resistant, so it’s nice to have a more heavy duty water proof option in my wardrobe!) | Short Boots: Hunter Boots | Tall Boots: Hunter Boots | Necklace: Abby Alley (I actually co-designed this necklace with Abby! It was such a fun project and it’s so fun to wear something we dreamed up together!) | Umbrella: Amazon | Hair Clip: J.Crew (This clip comes in a 3 pack – I’ve been wearing them non stop!) | Bag: c/o Madewell (Styled in my Petite Capsule Wardrobe, too!)
Hunter Boots Sizing Review For Petites
Hunter Boots Styles
The first thing you need to know if you’re thinking about getting a pair of Hunter Boots is that you have options!! They make tall boots (the original boots that you’ve seen everywhere), short boots, chelsea boots, adjustable boots, and packable boots. There are pros and cons of each one, so it really depends on what you want. Do you want more of your legs covered, or do you just want your feet to stay dry? Does it bother you if the top knocks your knees? Do you want to bring them on getaways with you? These questions will all help you decide which pair is the best for you!
If you’re in between sizes, size down.
I usually wear a size 6.5, and I have a size 6 in the short boots and tall boots. If you aren’t in between, you can probably stick with your usual size – or if you have small calves, you might be able to size down.
Try them on.
You can either try them on in person or reference the sizing chart – either one will be super helpful while trying to find your perfect fit. Not only do you need to determine the right size for your feet, but the smaller the size boot, the shorter the height. For example, the shaft height of the tall version in sizes 5-7 is 14.8 inches, but if you go up to a size 8 or larger, the height jumps to 15.9 inches. Definitely something to keep in mind if you’re looking at the original tall boots.
Think about your calf size.
One of the main reasons why I like the short version better is because there’s more room for cozy socks! I find the tall boots to be a little snug around my calves if I have thick socks AND jeans on. In case you have wide calves too (or you just like extra room), they do have adjustable options and styles with a bigger calf circumference (like the Huntress and Norris).
Best Hunter Boots For Petites
I personally reach for my short boots the most, because they’re easier to get on and I can wear thicker socks with them. Plus, the top of the boots knock my knees a little bit when I walk in the tall ones. As I mentioned above, the tall ones are also a little snug around my calves, too. I can barely fit the welly socks and jeans into them (it’s more comfortable in thin leggings or tights with a dress/skirt). That being said, I still like the way they look, and it’s nice to have more of your legs covered on those really gross days.
There is one other option that I haven’t tried though – the Original Big Kids Rain Boots! This will only work if you are a size 8 or smaller, since they only stock up to a size 6 in kid’s sizes (an 8 in women’s sizing usually translates to a 6 in kids sizing!). If that applies to you, these boots are right in between the short boots (10 inches tall) and tall boots (14.8 or 15.9 inches tall depending on the size) at 12.4 inches tall. You can see how they look on Jean from Extra Petite here! Oh, and they’re only $80… save that money, girl!
Hunter Boots Outfit Ideas For Petites
This is the obvious choice! I feel like everyone in Chicago lives in jeans during the fall and winter – you just want to make sure it’s a skinny pair so you can tuck them into your pair of Hunter boots. I usually put socks over the jeans before putting the boots on to hold them in place.
The comfy choice! Leggings slide into these boots way easier than jeans for me, so I always love this option! You can stick to athleisure wear or pair with a long chunky sweater for a cute but casual look!
Have a big meeting at work but there’s a thunderstorm or snow storm going on outside? Wear that dress that makes you feel like a boss and then slide these boots on! You can always change into heels once you get to the office.
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Also, before I let you go – don’t worry if your boots start to get a little bit of white film on them. That’s called “blooming” and it’s totally normal with rubber boots. You can buy polishes, but olive oil can do the trick! Just add a little bit to a paper towel and rub that on the boots. They’ll be good as new in no time!