Thigh high boots are boots which are designed to stretch up to the thigh of the wearer. Generally such boots are worn by women, and they are often perceived as rather aggressive, assertive footwear. Some shoe stores carry thigh hight boots, and they can also be ordered through online retailers. It is also possible to order custom-made thigh high boots, which will often have the best fit and look the best, making the higher cost worth it for some women.
Because thigh high boots draw attention to the legs and thighs, they tend to look best on tall women, especially tall women with slender figures. On shorter women, a pair of thigh highs can be a bit overwhelming, especially on women with short torsos, as the boots can highlight the woman's shortness rather than accentuating her legs. It can also be difficult for shorter women to find boots which fit properly, as a result of the fact that thigh high boots are typically scaled for longer legs.
All sorts of materials can be used to make thigh high boots including leather, felt, cloth, and plastic. Some manufacturers make thigh high boots with soft uppers, to make them more comfortable, and cloth or felt thigh high boots are sometimes designed to roll at the top, allowing the wearer to adjust the boots to the ideal height. As a general rule, the boots fit properly when the top of the boot falls about a hand's width above the knee.
These boots can zip, lace, or hook, depending on the design, and some companies make boots with gussets, straps, or other features which allow the wearer to adjust them. This can be crucial for women with bigger or more muscular legs, allowing them to adjust the boots so that they are comfortable, while women with more thin legs can tighten the boots to ensure that they stay snug and look attractive.
Manufacturers make thigh high boots with a variety of heel heights and styles, from ballet boots to flats. Learning to walk in thigh high boots in any heel style can be tricky, as the boots can be somewhat restrictive. Sitting and dancing gracefully can also be a bit of a challenge, especially in new boots; women should try out new thigh highs at home to get used to them and break them in before taking them out on the town, and in the case of leather boots, an application of moisturizer can help to make the boots more supple and comfortable.