I'm 5'3" and my torso is slightly longer than my legs, proportionally. My calves are 16" around at the widest part. These boots were just the right height, but they were snug in the calf (yet too baggy in the ankle area). The primary reason why I needed to return them, though, was because the circumference at the top of the boot was SO tight. There is a little bit of goring there for give, and I think that if you had calves that were 15.5" around, these could work. It's possible that the leather could eventually be broken in, but it wouldn't be worth how unflattering (and uncomfortable) it would be in the meantime. The leather does look and feel great, and the style is fantastic.
I bought these for a trip to Chicago to wear with a LBD. There were very comfy and look classy. I'm 5'8" and they came just below my knee. I have a 14.5" calf and can wear these boots over pants with no discomfort. I love these boots!
I ordered multiple pair before keeping these boots. They are very comfortable, but look very trendy too. The platform adds height without discomfort (looks taller). I have worn these with dresses and jeans - love them. They also have good traction on bottom for slippery Minneapolis sidewalks.