Slipping out of a pair of boot foot waders is not always as easy as it should be, especially if the boot foot is a little on the tight side. This simple, easy to make boot remover makes shedding waders or hip boots a breeze. I was dealing with a badly swollen right ankle and getting that foot out of my waders was nearly impossible on my own. My buddy Richie Simons finally got tired of having to pull, yank and jerk on my boot every time we left the beach, and lent me the boot puller that his brother Ed had made for him years earlier. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how easily the boots came off. No more bending and reaching, or using one foot to push the boot off on the other foot (I actually pulled a calf muscle trying to get the boot off the swollen right ankle and foot.). All you need are a 16-inch length of 1×6-inch pine, two 1-1/4 inch stainless steel wood screws and some polyurethane, and you can have your own boot puller. The only tools required are a screwdriver, drill, 3/8- or 1/2-inch drill bit and a jigsaw.
At one end of the 1×6, cut the butt end at a 30-degree angle and then cut off the first two inches with the angled cut. Save that piece. With the remaining 14-inch piece, sketch out the outline of a heel at one end of the wood. It should be a slightly tapered U-shape about 4 inches deep that the back end of your boot can be slipped into. Cut it out. Take the two-inch piece of wood and mount it on the bottom of the larger piece 7-1/2 inches from the opposite end. Use the drill bit to countersink two 1/4-inch deep holes into the angled edge and insert screws. When you turn it over, it should sit at about a 30-degree angle. Apply multiple coats of polyurethane and the next time you take off your boots, you will be smiling. To remove boot, insert heel into slot, place opposite foot on board, and foot should slip out easily.