Fall is here: boot care and storage


Fall is finally here. I am impatiently awaiting the first few consecutive chilly mornings so I can break out my winter wardrobe. In the mean time, I have discovered some easy ways to remove the scuffs and dirt of last season from my favorite boots. 

Knee high, ankle, biker or combat — I love them all. And they all pose the same problems. The easiest way to take care of your boots is to think preemptively — and I’ve got some excellent solutions.

Boot shapers

Boot shapers are one of the best, least expensive things you can do to make sure you boots last. Available in either white or black plastic, these simple boot shapers are all you need. These inserts work to prevent creases, cracks and sagging in leather and other materials. Metal tensions bars create a snug fit in any style or size boot. Keeping boots upright and open also helps keep footwear dry and odor free.

You can also find nice cedar boot shapers if you’re looking for something a little more heavy duty. Plus, who can resist the fresh scent of cedar in the fall?

Boot racks

It’s also important to allow your booties to dry properly on cold, wet days. Book racks allow you to securely hang boots upside down so they dry quickly and properly without compromising the shape or quality of your favorite kicks. Some even feature a bottom tray so dirt and water do not get on the floor.


While it’s best to think ahead, some times scuffs happen. Here are some quick tricks to get rid of ’em:

  • Vaseline: On patent leather boots, you can use a dab of vaseline to buff out scraps and scuffs.
  • Nail polish remover: You can also use this trick on patent leather. If the shine dulls, use some of that vaseline to bring back the luster.
  • Eraser: Got a scuff on vinyl boots? A pencil eraser will get it out quick and easy.