I've known about Hunter wellies since around 1986-1987. I've owned two pairs in that time. That's how well they last. Unfortunately, I have the same problems with all tall boots.... I have muscular calves. The standard "men's" Hunter wellies no longer work for me. I scrunch them down which is hard on the boot. I have recently become aware of the Huntress style which is designed for women with more shapley legs and am excited about spending a ton of money on another pair. Having a hard time deciding between glossy black and regular green.