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Take Wrinkles Out Of Boot Shafts

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Take Wrinkles Out Of Boot Shafts

Great DIY tips on removing pesky wrinkles in your boot shafts that may rub against your ankles. Also how to prevent them in the first place.

Question: I have a nice pair of western leather boots but the shafts have wrinkles in them making them uncomfortable. How do I make the shafts stop rubbing my ankles?


Thanks for your question for The Boot Guy! Those wrinkled up shafts can sure be irritating. You really don’t need to stiffen them up as some people may think. The answer is getting the wrinkles out. That will make them comfortable again.

Here is a great DIY Tip from Slim, The Boot Guy to help make your Boots more comfortable.


  • Dampen the inside of the boot tops. 

Dampening Boot

  • Stuff the boot top full of something to get the tops to stand up straight. You can use rolled up newspapers. My choice is to some empty, large size, 32 oz, Gatorade bottles they fit snuggly in the boot and hold the top up nice. (But you can use whatever fills the boot shaft well and keeps the leather taunt.)Allow to dry naturally and the tops will be straighter.

  • You should keep something inserted in the tops of your boots whenever you are not wearing them to keep the wrinkles away. Many use boot savers for this also, which are great to keep your boots upright when they're just sitting in your closet.


  • Check out our video below, demonstrating the method! 

Slim, The Boot Guy Slim, The Boot Guy 




  1. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Terri,
    I would try the tip suggested above, dampening the boots and stuffing them so the leather is held taunt for a period of time. Or when you aren't wearing. Hope this helps.

  2. Terri Swisher Terri Swisher

    I didn’t stuff them & My boots folded over & now i have a wrinkle at the ankle. How Do I get it out

  3. Stan Stan

    The scallops (openings at the top) on my vintage boots are warped and bow out instead of being straight up and down. Is it possible to straighten them - I'm considering putting a towel on the inside and trying to iron them flat. Will that work? Thanks.

  4. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    It sounds like the boot may either be too loose or too tight. It would help if you sent a picture of the problem to our email: [email protected] so we can provide some better insight.

  5. Melanie Tacey Melanie Tacey

    Hi I am just wondering how to stop the zip part of my boots sticking out after I have done them up

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