Consider this image — you have a new pair of boots that fit like a glove and are oh-so comfortable, but it’s time to take them off. You bend over, grab the heel and pull … not a wiggle. OK, try it sitting down. Put your foot on your knee, push down on the back of the heel and pull up on the toe … nothing.
Or, you can use a bootjack — a V-shaped piece of metal or wood that you put the heel of one boot into, while stepping on the back of the jack with the other foot. This allows you to stay standing with your foot straight, giving the best leverage for getting your heel up and out of the boot.
You can purchase a fancy metal bootjack from a farm store or you can make one yourself from a branch and a scrap of wood. Here’s a design for a forked-limb bootjack you can put together in a couple of minutes.