The Prettiest Way to Keep Your Boots Standing Tall

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
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Now that it's boot season, we are all thinking of better ways store our boots. When they are all slumped over, they wear out faster and can even crack. I've seen the trick using a pool noodle in a lot of places, but my version easily gives you a pretty way to keep your shoes upright.

Look at how sad my boots are. They are all slumped over each other, and it's starting to wear them out.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

I used an old pool noodle, a colorful fabric, an exacto knife, some ribbon, and pinking shears (not pictured and optional to this project ). If you don't own pinking shears, just pick a fabric that isn't likely to fray.

Step 2: Cut Your Noodle

I put the noodle inside the boot and marked it a drop lower than the top of the boot. I marked lower than the height of the boots because the fabric ends will add a little height. Then I cut the pool noodle using an exacto knife.

 Step 3: Cut Your Fabric

First, I cut my fabric so it was about 2.5 inches bigger than the pool noodle at the top and bottom and a few inches larger than the pool noodle's circumference. I used pinking shears (scissors that cut little zig zags) so that my fabric wouldn’t fray, if you don’t own pinking shears, use a fabric that won’t fray so you don’t have to hem the fabric.

Step 4: Wrap It Up

Then I rolled the pool noodle up like a pack of Christmas crackers.

Step 5: Tie the Ends

Then I tied off the ends with ribbon. I made 3 pairs of these boots, because I have 3 pairs of tall boots.

Now they stand up tall and stay in good shape.

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  • Rebecca Rebecca on Feb 11, 2019

    Why not recycle a couple of soda bottles and you can fill them with beads or colored sand. Or just use what ever you have around the house! You can even put the drying packets from your medications in the bottom of the bottle and put small holes in the bottles.

  • Cee83995732 Cee83995732 on Oct 05, 2023

    Cute idea! Thank you for sharing.

  • Pat Bellin Pat Bellin on Oct 05, 2023

    Wonder why you have to wrap in fabric? Couldn’t I just use the noodle bare?

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  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 12, 2024

    Good idea. I already use the pool noodles, never gave a thought to wrapping them in fabric. Something to consider

  • Carol f engler Carol f engler on Jan 28, 2024

    been doing this for over five years. i got pink ones so i do not wrap them easy peasy