When the autumn and winter months roll in, there’s one type of shoe we always turn to: the boot. Cosy, comfy and super stylish, boots are the ultimate transition footwear. They ooze class, they keep your feet warm and comfortable, they’re the quintessential autumn/winter footwear.
One problem you may face is how to keep your boots up when wearing them. If you’ve just got yourself a brand new pair of boots, you don’t want your look to be tarnished by them slouching. There are many things to bear in mind when wearing a pair of over the knee and knee high boots– in this article we’re going to be looking specifically at how to keep your knee high boots up.
What will help my knee high boots stay up?
One of the biggest issues with knee high and over the knee boots is keeping them up. There is nothing worse than having to keep yanking up your boots back up as you’re walking along, but using these methods you can save yourself the trouble.
- Tights or leggings. If you are going to wear tights then choose a pair with a bit of texture. This will ensure that once your boots are on, they stay on and have something to grip onto. Woolly or glitter tights are the best and leggings will also keep your knee high boots up.
- A plastic bag. Stay with us here. When you slip your foot into your boot, make sure it is wrapped in a plastic bag. Once you have pulled your boots up, tear away the bag and voila- your boots will stay up.
- Knee high socks. These will give your boots a bit of grip to hang on to and more importantly they will keep your legs warm during the cold winter months. If you don’t want your socks to be seen, choose a pair that are the same length as your boots to keep them hidden- or select a neutral colour such as black.
- Fashion tape. This is a little bit like double-sided tape that sticks to the inside of your boot then to your leg. You might find you need to use a few strips as a tough boot material will be harder to stick.
- Rolled up card. A sheet of thin rolled up card slipped inside your boot and wrapped around your leg will help to keep your boots upright. Choose card in the same colour as your boots to avoid any unsightliness.
- Elasticated hair tie. If you’re out and about and you find your boots slipping down, use an elasticated hair tie around your knee and this will give your boots something to hang onto.
- Boot stuffing. Use boot trees, newspaper, or even pool noodles to help your boots keep their shape. Without stuffing, boots can fold and the creases that are made tend to become a recurring problem.
- Boot clips. You can store your boots individually if your knee high boots don’t stay up. Invest in some boot clips to hang them up in their own space. This will keep them upright and prevent boots from folding over.
Keeping thigh high boots up: a simple hack
If your thigh high boots aren’t staying up, we’ve got just the hack for you. You can make yourself a nifty little device, also known as a boot bra, that will keep your knee high boots standing tall and proud.
For this, you will need industrial-strength touch fasten strips, knit elastic, sewing materials and scissors. Then follows these steps:
- Take your knit elastic and wrap it around your lower thigh to measure it. Measure your thigh from around half an inch to an inch below where your thigh high boots reach up to. Make sure the elastic is pulled tight, so it will stay in place but still comfortable.
- Cut the length of elastic you measured that’s required for your boot bra.
- Fold the elastic in half and sew along the loose ends so that is makes a complete circle.
- Take one of the touch fasten strips, it doesn’t matter which side, and attach it to the outside of your elastic strap.
- Take the other half of the touch fasten strip and place that about half an inch down from the top of the boot. Fasten in place either by sewing or with some fabric glue.
- There you have it, you’ve just fashioned yourself a boot bra. Put your foot through the boot bra and pull it up so that the touch fasten strip is facing outwards. When you pull your boot up, you should find that the two touch fasten strips line up. Fasten these together and voila.
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