These are very cute, both in the picture and in person. However, I do not have very thick calves, and these boots absolutely do not stay up. The strap, buckle, and lacing are also for decoration, as far as I can tell, so there is no way for me to keep them up. This forces me to wear them as slouchy boots, but I think they are cute and stylish as slouchy boots - it's just not what I initially wanted. I would recommend them if you want a good, slouchy, below-the-knee boot. They're also warm, which is nice, and very flattering to the foot if you get the right fit for your size.