The Prettiest Way to Keep Your Boots Standing Tall

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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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  • Cathi DiRuzzio Agar Cathi DiRuzzio Agar on Oct 28, 2017
    Adorable.....but why do you even need to wrap them in fabric?

  • Pat Cummings Pat Cummings on Oct 29, 2017
    Couldn't you put baking soda in the center of the pool noodle to absorb foot odor?

  • 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.


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  • Canaan Rice Canaan Rice on Jul 14, 2021

    I use rolled up magazines

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 04, 2021

      Some boot shafts may be too soft or too high to be stay upright with the length of magazines. They may need a stiffer and taller inside support to keep from drooping over.

  • Lady L Lady L on Jul 14, 2021

    I use old folders or notebooks from my kids school year. Works great