Calf high and over the knee boots are the staple footwear for any fall/winter collection. They make you look gorgeous and turn faces when you walk in them. But, if they keep slouching or falling, they may ruin your appearance.
Nothing is more awkward than keep pulling your boots up with each step you walk. The long shaft of these boots is the crux of their beauty. Sadly, the same shaft is the reason for your leather boots to slouch at the ankles.
Luckily, you don’t have to live with this slouching problem of your boots. There are ways to resolve the issue, and this guide is aimed at explaining just that.
Why Do Long Boots Slouch At Ankles
Leather is a soft material by nature but gets stiff as wood during the manufacturing process. That’s the reason you see over the knee boots able to stand upright on the slabs of your favorite showrooms without any additional support.
When you wear these high shaft boots and break into them, the leather gets soft again and loses its wood-like stiffness. It becomes soft enough that it won’t cause any blisters on your feet, but it is too soft to carry the weight of the long shaft. As a result, the shaft collapses at the ankles and keeps falling on itself.
I don’t say that you have to shell out a lot of money and buy the most expensive boots on the market. The price of the boots doesn’t matter here. Slouching will happen regardless of how costly or cheap your boots are. That’s the very nature of leather.
Luckily, you can delay the slouching and remedy it once it takes place. How? Let’s discuss:
Tips to Keep Your Boots From Slouching
There are seven tips listed below to keep your boots from slouching. Tips 1-3 are to prevent slouching when storing the boots and tips 4-7 are to avoid slouching when wearing the boots. Together, they will help you keep your boots up for long preventing them from falling down.
1. Get the Right Fit
This one is significant.
If the fit of your boots is on the bigger side, the shaft won’t be able to take support from your calf. Thus, the entire weight of the shaft will be on the ankle area of the boots. Within days, this ankle area will collapse, and the shaft will fall.
Always aim for a snug fit. A fit that wraps around your feet, ankles, and calves just like a second skin. As a good rule of thumb, choose boots that require your feet to wiggle a little and then a sudden thud to get into the boots.
2. Use a Boot Rack
Storing your boots in an upright position is probably the fastest way to make them slouch while wearing. In this case, the shaft has no support and is bound to fall on the ankles.
Storing your boots by laying them horizontally on the floor is also not a good idea. The boots will soon bend at the ankles and slouching will kick in.
Instead, use a boot rack that gives a skeleton to your long boots and take off any strain on any area of the boots. For a boot rack, there are many products available on the market, but I love the one that doesn’t take up a lot of space such as Boot Butler.
3. Use a Boot Shaper
A boot shaper is another good option to prevent your boots from slouching in storage. If you keep your boots on the floor in the corner of your room, always insert boot shapers in them.
Boot shapers are like a pair of flexible plastic sheets. You can bend, roll, and insert them into the shaft of your boots. They will prevent any cracking or sagging during storage.
4. Wear Tights, Leggings, or Socks
Give the shaft of your boots something to hold on to. The idea is to take the weight off the ankles and give the shaft something to grip on to.
Prefer to wear tights, leggings, or long socks that have some texture on them. This texture will give your boots something to get a grip on.
5. Add a Plastic Strip to The Inside of Boots
If the leather of your boots is not able to support the shaft, attach a hard piece of metal on it (on the inner side). It will give your boots a skeleton and prevent them from slumping. Start the strip just below the ankle and extend it up to the mid-calf.
To attach the metal strip, better take help from a cobbler. A cobbler may charge you a small fee for doing the job, but it is the most effective way to keep your boots up and prevent any slouching.
6. Prefer Boots With A Zipper
Long boots that come with a zipper stay firm and do not slouch at the ankles.
A zipper is usually made of plastic or metal that gives a skeleton to your boots. This skeleton keeps the shaft upright without depending on the support from the ankle.
Moreover, zipper boots look stylish as well.
7. Fashion Yourself a Boot Bra
A boot bra works by attaching the top of the boots to an elastic strap that is wrapped around your lower thigh. The boots and straps are usually attached using titch buttons or Velcros. You can make a boot bra yourself that is custom fit to you. Learn how:
- Measure your lower thigh by wrapping a knit elastic strap around it. Preferably measure at an inch below from where your boots reach up to.
- Cut the length of the elastic that you just measured.
- Fold the strap and sew along the loose ends to form a circular band.
- Sew a couple of titch buttons at equal distance on this strap.
- Sew a couple of titch buttons on the inner side of your boots too.
- Sew them in a way that buttons on the strap and buttons on the boots line up.
- Wear your band, wear your boots, and snap the titch buttons together.
- Voila! You will not experience any boot slouching anymore.
Tip: If you find titch buttons to be too cumbersome, you can also use Velcro patches. Here’s a handy video to learn that:
Before You Go
As you can see the job of keeping your boots from slouching is not a daunting task. The key is to provide some support to the shaft and not let its weight burden the ankle area of the boots.
Even a slight slouching may ruin the look and grace of wearing long boots. To remedy this, I have enlisted all the ways that can prevent mild to an extreme level of slouching. Use the suggestions and get ready to take on the world.