I forgot to take them off!
I love this boot and is very pleased with my purchase! I purchased a 9 and I still have room, thats my fault, because since I broke my ankle I am not sure what size I wear in shoes. None the less, I wore these boots and they were so warm and comfortable that even once I got home....I was still walking around in them. I totally forgot that I still had on boots and it still took a second reminder before I took them off! I have big calves as well but I didnt really have a problem with the laces. I am really happy about this purchase. The first time I wore these I was at an outdoor mall shopping...yes in the winter months!!