Tall boots are a great accessory for every woman’s wardrobe unfortunately they can be a flop to deal with in the closet or the shoe storage area because they have a tendency to fold over. This can some times lead to permanent creases in the boots that can affect the fit and appearance; not to mention the tidiness of your shoe display.
I have been noticing lately that my black leather boots from JJ’s Footwear are starting lean like the leaning tower of Pisa.
To help combat this there are boot inserts I could have bought to help them keep their shape. Store brand boot shapers can range in price from $10 to $30 for one pair. I decided to go for a more budget friendly do-it-myself method. I spent $5 on a blue swimming noodle (that’s what I said, a blue swimming noodle — I know you are shocked I chose blue) and was able to cut shapers to fit one pair of tall and two pairs of short boots. What a bargain!
Not all swimming noodles are created equal. There are the cheapy brands in bargain stores which tend to have a smaller circumference and are not as firm. I find the ones from regular department stores, which are $1 to $2 bucks more, are thicker and sturdier. So do not skimp. Look at the instant difference with the noodle inside my right boot (left in image):
To make your own, stick the full size noodle into your boot and gently push it down until you feel it pressing against the sole of your boot. Take your sharp scissors and make a small cut to mark the length of the soon-to-be boot shaper. Pull it out and continue to evenly cut through the shaper. Don’t worry it cuts pretty easy. I chose to have the boot shapers extend just above the boots (I may cut them down later) but you can cut them lower so the bright color is not so predominant when you look at your beautifully shaped boots.
Once cut put the boot shaper back in your boot and then follow the same directions for the second boot until you have your two booty shapers.
Save the remainder of the noodle for a future craft project or cut for another pair of boots.
Store your boots and admire how tall they stand!
This is a quick, easy, and inexpensive solution to help keep all your boots standing tall.