DIY Adjustable Boot Shapers

Yes, you can buy boot shapers.  I had a hard time finding them locally and decided I’d rather make my own.  You can make them for about half the price of buying them.

Lucky for me, I have a husband who can engineer just about anything I ask him to.  He enjoys the challenge, which plays to my benefit!  Below are his instructions for creating your own boot shapers, the math is at the bottom.


  • Quilting template/stenciling plastic ($1.99 ea)
  • Ribbon ($1.99 for value rolls)
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Thread or string
  • Pencil
  • Tape

The idea was to make a conical section of plastic that would easily lace. I created a simple jig that would allow me to trace out the templates using some basic trig, pencil and string, I was able to make a simple template maker.

I used a stick and tape to create a rotation point at the end of the work space. To this, I tied a length of string. At the distance of the first line I tied a loop into which I could insert a pencil and at the farthest line I made another loop.

Using these loops I could use the string to draw a nice arc along that would become the bottom and top edges of the template. On the bottom arc I measured the circumference of the ankle and drew a mark, put the pencil in the far loop and used the mark on the inner arc to mark the end of the sweep of the outer arc.

Using a straight edge I drew a line from the inner mark to the outer arc’s mark which completed the outline of the template.


Next I cut the template out and used it to create additional templates.


To create the holes for the lace up, measure in 1 inch increments and then use a hole punch.

Next, simply lace up the ends and then place boot shaper into the boot and adjust before tying.

Here is the math!

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