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Old 01-20-2007, 12:55 PM
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Is it possible to decrease the size of calves?

I have such big, fat calves. I'm okay with them most of the time..til boot season! I can't squeeze them into most cute boots and that my friends, sucks.

Let me know if any of ya'll have hints or if this is even possible.

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Old 01-25-2007, 11:40 PM
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No hints from me regarding slimming down calves, I have the exact same issue. Since calves tend to be more muscle than fat (unlike your average thigh) I would imagine it would be tough to target shrink them. With boots, I have found two options though:

1) I had two great pair of boots that I loved and wanted to wear, but they went up to just below the knee and I could never quite get the zipper closed all the way. They'd zip up to the bottom of my calf muscle, then stop. After seeing them both in my closet for over a year, I finally got teed off and took a scissors to the tops of each of them. I cut them off just below the calf muscle, then took them to the cobbler. The cobbler finished off the tops nicely and put stops on the zippers so that I would be able to zip them up to the top without losing the zipper pull at the tops. Sounds weird, but I wear both pairs now ALL THE TIME and they look great!

2) Another idea I have come across is to take the boots into a cobbler and has them to either stretch the calves out (the leather will give at least an inch generally) or cut an insert into the tops and replace the insert space with matching elastic. That way, you can fit your calves into the boots and still have the boots themselves look fabulous!

I hope these ideas help, as I feel your pain!
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:05 AM
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I have such big, fat calves. I'm okay with them most of the time..til boot season! I can't squeeze them into most cute boots and that my friends, sucks.

Let me know if any of ya'll have hints or if this is even possible.

Not possible, sorry! But there are many companies in the US who make boots in various calf sizes, AFAIK, someone I knew who had the same problem used to buy boots in the US.
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Definitely keep looking for new boots. I got a pair from Transit (the brand is Spring, like all their stuff) that fit my 15" calves a month ago, and they were half off. And they're leather so I will stretch them to fit jeans in them!

There's no way to just shrink your calves, sadly. I really would if I could. That said, muscular calves look SO damned good with skirts and heels.
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Old 01-26-2007, 12:45 PM
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You could try Yoga or Pilates? They both work on stretching the muscles out, so that might make them look leaner
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:49 PM
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argh i have the opposite problem. boots never fit my calves because they are so thin. I don't own any boots...I've honstly never found one to come close.
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:35 AM
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argh i have the opposite problem. boots never fit my calves because they are so thin. I don't own any boots...I've honstly never found one to come close.
What about lace-up boots?
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:43 PM
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I think girls who wear boots that kind of slide off look cool =( You're lucky.
My calves are big too...
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:50 AM
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i have massive calves and i absolutely hate it! cant wear skirt/ shorts and i wish i could.

somehow i thought if i lose some weight, or a lot of weight, my calves size will go down? i know its mainly muscle there but i just remember seeing for instance nicole richies calves which were in healthy toned shape before and became a stick after she became unhealthyly skinny. i am not saying we should not eat to slim down the calves, however it seems possible?

just a thought
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:48 PM
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What do you do to excersize? I used to run all the time (cross country in high school, and then a marathon) and my calves were huge as a result. Since then, I've started using eliptical machines for cardio instead, and they've gotten much smaller. They are still defined, but not bulky, if that makes sesnse
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:51 PM
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To expand on what scatterusaway said, you can also develop huge calves from biking or skating. If you do those regularly.
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Old 02-03-2007, 01:59 PM
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a great way to tone up and lose the size is to lay on ur back,
and do the bicycle motion with ur legs in the air upwards 20 times in 4-5 sets a day.
its easy and u can do it anywhere (where the floor isnt dirty)!!!
it works!!!tryy
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:43 PM
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There are shoe shops that will expand the calf of your boot. I have ridiculously large calves, and a place near me does it for about 13 bucks. It's amazine. And unfortunately...there is nothing you can do about them!
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:45 AM
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I'm in the same boat. My calves are like 14.5 and I can find some boots to fit just the calves, but forget trying to tuck jeans in!! That's good to know about the cobbler. I know a guy that custom makes shoes, so maybe I could sweet talk him into fixing my boots for me!!
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:53 AM
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yeah, this is all in the genes. some are cursed with tiny ones and some with big ones. can't reduce them in size unless you quit walking
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:02 PM
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calves get skinnier when you lose weight. i promise. i coudln't zip up a pair of boots starting halfway. after 17pounds, they fit fine. woohoo!

if you wanna go the surgical route, it is available in korea. not sure if it is in the states though.
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i got so exited when i saw this thread ever since like 6th grade i have beenso self contious about my calfs ive tried everything! from not working out to loosse muscle to i dont even know just everything.... i think they're cursed... i used to dance and i thought that when i quit they would shrink but ...nope, and now ive lost weight and my thighs are like the same size as my calfs it sucks,... no skirts for me!... does that laying on your back thing really work? im scared to work the muscles cause i dont want them to grow
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:05 AM
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i have big calves but the best thing you can do is tone them up with lots of stretching (to lengthen your calves) and calve exercises. Lower body exercises > Calve raise

you dont exactly have to be on a ledge. but don't do TOO many cause then you'll be building muscle.

you can also jog on a regular basis to lengthen and tone.

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it suck i have to take a gym class and my only option was fitness and i have to ride the stationary bikes in it its gonna make them so big
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:43 AM
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offset it by running or swimming!
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:31 AM
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hmmm...what an interesting question, as most ppl i know try to bulk up their calves because if their thighs are a certain width and then taper down to skinny calves, it looks disproportionate...like an ice cream cone effect...

ok, so i guess i'm not helping...but ballerinas seem to have muscular calves, yet their leg limbs look long. i guess pilates/yoga would help...seemed to work for madonna.

i actually have that muscular calf look due to my cross country/track days. it's amazing that i've been out of school for SO long, yet i've managed to retain my leg muscles since that time... i do like 'em tho and haven't ever wanted to shrink 'em...

btw, for boots, have u tried just the pull-on stretch types of boots? seem to be a pretty one size fits all kind of thing...unless u get that TOO SNUG feeling/look where your calves seem to be crammed in like sausages. lol!
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You could try Yoga or Pilates? They both work on stretching the muscles out, so that might make them look leaner
i second that. I started doing a bunch of yoga a while ago, with kickboxing for cardio (that is amazing, you will lose wieght and get toned in places you never knew was possible). i never really thought about my calves too much, but i thought my legs were a bit bulky. long story short, couple months of pilates, and one day my bf is just like, whoa, where did your calves go?? I still have muscle, but it is much leaner. I am sure it has to do with the stretching...
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:22 PM
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i second that. I started doing a bunch of yoga a while ago, with kickboxing for cardio (that is amazing, you will lose wieght and get toned in places you never knew was possible). i never really thought about my calves too much, but i thought my legs were a bit bulky. long story short, couple months of pilates, and one day my bf is just like, whoa, where did your calves go?? I still have muscle, but it is much leaner. I am sure it has to do with the stretching...
I need to try some of those then my calves are fairly big for my size imo and whenever I exercise the muscles just keep getting bigger
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:37 AM
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I read in a magazine article about people getting their calf muscles botoxed with good results. I imagine the upkeep would be very costly though.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:25 PM
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Wow, dusty old post!
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