I have a two part hack to save your boots. The first part is one of my favorite hacks under $5. You can hang six pairs of of boots in your closet, make sure you hang three on each side so it balances properly, tallest boots at the bottom and short boots or ‘shooties’ towards the top. The second way to protect boots is to use pool noodles to keep boots that are stored on the floor ‘standing tall’. To measure all I did was put a 99¢ pool noodle in each boot, I marked it with a sharpie and cut with a serrated bread knife.