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The 5 Boot Storage Solutions

Where to Store Every Boot You Own


I have two pairs of boots I wear almost daily during the cold winter months in Connecticut: a pair of Hunter boots in the rain and snow, and a pair of Frye boots every (sunny) day. I tried on hundreds of boots over several years before I came up with this combination that fits my lifestyle perfectly, and both pairs cost me a pretty penny (several of them, actually) so I took a great interest in researching the best way to store boots, and what I found, like shoe storage, is that boot storage is based on the type of boot, and when you wear them. Here are my picks for the best boot storage solutions.

1. If You Store Boots on the Closet Floor

The problem with most boots is that they tend to tip over and end up on their sides, even after you've taken the time to neatly line them upright.

Boot Storage Solution: Line your boots up as you do your shoes in the closet, but use boot shapers that clip together to keep them upright. Another option is The Container Store's boot stand.

2. If You Store Boots in the Mudroom or Garage

Boot Rack by Rack Em
Photo by Rack Em

You don't want to track rain and mud into your home, so you leave them by the door.

Boot Storage Solution: For dirty, messy boots you want to store outside or in the mudroom, I love this Rack'em boot rack. I would put my rain boots on this, and you can also store Uggs the same way.

3. If You Store Boots by the Door

Ballard Boot Tray
Photo / Ballard Designs

You're walking in the door and take your boots off in the foyer.

Boot Storage Solution: Boot trays can be used in the mudroom, in the entry way or foyer and on the inside of your hall closet. This way, instead of becoming a pie on the floor, your shoes and boots and co-exist peacefully on a nice tray. 

4. If You Store Boots in a Large Closet

Boot Shapers and Boot Hangers
Photo / The Container Store

You have a large closet and when you're getting dressed, you like to be able to see your boot collection to mix and match with your outfit.

Boot Storage Solution: For those people with a large closet and lots of hanging space, boot hooks are a great storage option. You can hang your boots on a closet rod just as you would clothes. I recommend hanging boots on the bottom of a double-hang, closer to the floor.

5. If You Want to Store Special Occasion or Out-of-Season Boots

Womens Mid Calf Boot Boxes
Photo / Stacks & Stacks

Boots can take up quite a bit of space in a closet, so they need to be moved into a storage during the warmer months. And, some are so expensive you want to keep them away from tiny fingers or paws.

Boot Storage Solution: Boot boxes are the best way to store out-of-season boots. For most people that means storing winter boots during the summer and the boxes' space-saving design means they will fit well into any storage area. Make sure to measure your boots before purchasing a boot box

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