I got the score of a deal, sample Madeline boots, even though I knew the calf area would probably be too small on me. I'm 5'4, about a size 12/14, 175#, and w. tree trunk legs. I sized up to a 9, and they still don't even come close to sliding on my stocky nubs. I've been telling myself I should be losing this baby weight and not alter them, but I'm starting to think that might not happen (if ever) until the babe gets older/weans--say, another year. Do I get the calves stretched/worked on, and how? Anyone have any experience w. doing this? I really want to rock them out this year, regardless of my size!