Tips for storing your shoes, boots and sneakers

Tips for storing shoes, boots and sneakers

There is something about shoes that we all love. They help us accessorize like a pro and make our daily tasks a little bit easier. That is why we want to preserve them for years to come. And, in order to do that, we must make sure we store them properly. You might think that this is easy, but trust us, it is not. Luckily, that is why we are here. We will share with you some, hopefully, useful tips for storing your shoes, boots, and sneakers. Moreover, these tips can help you when storing your seasonal shoes or when you are preparing them for a move too. Thus, if interested, keep on reading.

Purge First!

One of the most important things to remember when preparing your shoes for storage is that the more pairs you have, the more money, time and energy you will need for storing them. The same applies to packing your wardrobe for relocation or storing, too. Thus, save yourself from all those troubles and purge! That is, try to declutter as much as you can. And, how can you do that when parting ways with shoes is always hard? Well, try to take out all of your shoes and place them on the floor. Think about the shoes you have not worn in years. Will you wear them again? If not, consider selling or donating them to somebody. And, if they are ruined, let them hit the bin. Do the same with shoes that you always leave for the next summer or next winter. If they do not fit you now, donate, give away, sell or throw them away.

Pile of shoes.
If you have tons of shoes, do your best to declutter and organize before storing them

Clean Each Shoe Thoroughly

Once you have decluttered and organized your shoes, it is time for cleaning. If you decide to skip this step (as most people do) you might end up having shoes that are completely ruined. So, if you want to preserve your favorite shoes for the years to come, clean them thoroughly before you pack them for storage. But cleaning them is not that simple. Why? Because each pair of shoes is made out of different materials, and different materials require different cleaning techniques. Here is what you need to know:

  • Leather Shoes and Boots – Always clean them with using a damp cloth. Never soak them in water.  Once the dirt is removed, put some shoe polish.
  • Suede Shoes and Boots – Remove the dirt by using a soft bristle brush. If there are scratches, use an eraser or a cloth with some white vinegar or rubbing alcohol on it.
  • Sneakers – Soak them in the mixture of warm water and detergent.  Use a toothbrush to scrub the dirt off.
  • Cork and Rope Wedges – Create a mixture of water and white vinegar. Soak the toothbrush into that mixture and then rub the shoe gently.

Prepare the Shoes for Storing

After cleaning, the next step is preparation for storage. This preparation is necessary whether you plan on storing your shoes at home or in a storage unit. Of course, a storage unit can be one of the solutions for storing your shoes, but make sure it is a climate-controlled one if you opt for that. That is important if you want to find your shoes in the same condition as you left them. So, how does one prepare shoes for storing? Well, first you will need some packing materials – cardboard boxes (if you do not have the original boxes your shoes came in), packing paper, plastic wrap, and duct tape.

Firstly, put some tea bags in each shoe. That will help them stay fresh. Then, take crumpled packing paper and stuff it inside your shoes too, in order for them to remain having the same shape. Finally, wrap each shoe using that same packing paper and plastic wrap, put it inside the cardboard box and seal everything with duct tape. Voila!

Sneakers are safe in a box with desiccant
By preparing your shoes for storage properly, you will prolong their ‘life’.

Pick a Shoe Organization System That Suits Your Needs

Now it is time to decide how you will store your shoes. Again, this step is necessary whether you plan on keeping your shoes at home or in a storage unit. Of course, keeping them in their boxes, as mentioned in the previous paragraph is the best solution. That will keep them safe from dust, sunlight, water, etc. Plastic boxes are also an option. You can easily store both of these boxes and stack them on top of each other. Just make sure you keep them of the ground. Moreover, you can use shoe racks and cabinets as well. These kinds of organizing tips for storing your shoes, boots, and sneakers are great as they keep everything neat and protected. Not only that, but they also provide a great organization system for the shoes you use on a daily basis.

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Always keep your shoes well organized and above the ground

 Always keep your shoes well organized and above the ground. Alt.tag: Tips for storing your shoes, boots, and sneakers: shoes on a shoe rack.

Make Sure You Have a Climate-Controlled Environment

If your shoes are kept in a place that is not climate controlled, they might get damaged really quickly. Thus, having a climate-controlled environment is of key importance, not just for when renting a storage unit, but when you plan on storing your shoes at home too. Just like there are tips for storing clothes properly in a self-storage space, there are ones for storing shoes, too. Thus, shoes have to be kept somewhere far away from sunlight, dust, pests, and water. All these things can ruin your shoes forever.

So, if you rent a storage unit, make sure it is a climate-controlled one. And, if you plan on storing your shoes at home (in the basement, attic, garage, etc.), make sure that the area you use is dry and clean, as well as not constantly influenced by different weather conditions. All of these tips for storing your shoes, boots, and sneakers will go to waste if your footwear ends up destroyed, after all!

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