I’m not the type of person who keeps shoeboxes to store her precious shoes and boots in after every wear. It’s just too much of a hassle, and plus, I like to see all of my boot options as I’m getting dressed in the morning. Instead of storing boots in their boxes, I keep them in perfect shape by reusing empty wine bottles as boot shapers.
For a while, I was researching the best cedar boot shapers and even got a pair of inexpensive plastic boot shapers from my dear Kansas City cobbler. While making the sell (they were only $8 for the pair), my cobbler, “Dad,” as his oiled-up work shirt read, also told me that using rolled-up newspapers worked well, too — though the papers could become less stiff over time. Then it dawned on me that I had pairs upon pairs of boot shapers just outside on my patio — in my glass recycling can.
If you drink as much wine as I do (hey, it’s good for your heart!) and have as many pairs of boots as I do, then save a little extra cash ($8 bucks a pop, as cheap as that is, adds up if you own more than 10 pairs of boots) and reuse your wine bottles as boot shapers. Bonus: If you forget what type of divine wine you had, you can always check your boots for a little memory jogger.
If you don’t drink as much wine or have as many boots, remember this tip, straight from the cobbler’s mouth, for choosing which boots in which to place boot shapers: Choose the boots that have plastic, not metal, zippers to shape. Why? Plastic zippers are less sturdy and more prone to breakage when they slouch over, so it’s important to prioritize shaping those first.
Do you use boot shapers? What other ideas for creative reuse do you have? Share them in the comments section.
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