If I ever get around to creating our family crest, it will definitely involve a pair of boots. Between the three of us, we own 12 pairs of work, snow, and hiking boots— all of which are in heavy rotation— but we don't have a decent way to store them. Here are 7 boot-friendly storage ideas, all of which can handle footwear that's a lot more challenging to store than flip-flops.
I love the concept of this DIY Vintage Crate Boot Rack by Finding Home, (shown above) especially since the crates could be turned vertically to accommodate taller boots. Stack your crates, insert boots, done!
Install shelves set far apart, like the ones in Bianca & Craig's Moody Glam Apartment, or remove shelves to allow space for taller pairs.
I found this lovely shoe armoire via Millie Girl, and though it's obviously styled within an inch of its life, the idea is solid. That bottom shelf could easily hold five pairs of tall boots, while the shelves above would be perfect for shorter hiking boots.
If you have a bunch of knee-high boots and ample closet space, I'm jealous and I'd recommend hanging the boots in your closet as seen in Martha Stewart.
If you have giant closet with room for wall-mounted shoe racks like this one featured on Bliss, I'm even more jealous and recommend hanging your boots from the wall. Amazon sells pretty silver ones for $22.99/set of 3 or understated stainless ones for $9.98/set of 6.
I dream of having an entryway bench someday, so I don't have to unlace my tall winter boots while standing on one foot while carrying groceries and dripping snow everywhere. When that day comes, I might steal this idea from Martha Stewart Living and store our boots under the bench in handy rolling bins. Someday, Martha!
How do you contain your household's boot explosion?
Also on Apartment Therapy: Top Ten: The Best Shoe Storage Options