This $7 Accessory Restored My Squished Boots To Their Former Glory and Turned Them Into Statement Decor

published Oct 21, 2022
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I run through boots like they’re going out of style. And while I’m proud of that sentence, I’m not necessarily proud of the fact that it’s completely true. Even my father, a Texas cowboy, always had boots more worn and yet kept much more pristine than mine. As it turns out, pride in your cool boots isn’t enough to keep them kickin’ for as long as they should. A solution, one that’s taken me way too long to discover, are boot shapers, and these ones from Amazon are my personal favorite.

Available in three heights, these reusable boot shapers come in a pack of six and are made from a high-quality plastic with just enough flexibility to curl into your boot — narrow, wide, short, or tall — and gently expand to shape the sides. I love that these have a hole at the top, so they’re easy to remove, even if you opt for shapers with a shorter height like I did. I didn’t necessarily want the plastic poking out above my boots, and the 10-inch shapers fill out my knee-high styles perfectly without being visible.

I’ve been loving the habit of sliding in my shapers right when I take off my boots. It instantly makes them look proud and beautiful (versus the way they were: scrunched, bent over, folded up, and generally just… sad. Now, I don’t limit my shoe storage to my closet. This fall and winter, I’m displaying all my vintage cowboy and riding boots around my home, from my entryway to my living room. These shapers have made my beloved boots for more than just walking (and kept them well taken care of in the process). What have you done for your beloved boots today?