How to Properly Store Your Shoes with Care
The moment we get home we tend to shove away our shoes everywhere and just dive into our beds. However, knowing how to store our shoes properly with care will make them last for years which saves you a ton of cash.
Various methods come into play when storing shoes, however, not all of them are actually necessary. What’s important is to keep your shoes clean, dry, and also, in good shape. With that said, here are some shoe storage tips tailored for you.
Use a Shoe Tree for Short-Term Shoe Storage
- Gravity, humidity, and aridity. This trio is the sole reason why shoes tend to become damaged over time. Materials become stiff as they age. Vintage shoes, for example, that are being stored for too long in storage can be deformed over time. If you opt for short-term storage, you may want to use a shoe tree to keep the shape of your shoes intact or just reshape them by hand before putting them on the shelf. Don’t just throw them away into a pile because they will lose shape if you do so.
Use Wooden Shoe Horns for Long-Term Shoe Storage
- When it comes to long-term storage, a wooden shoe horn is just what you need to keep them in their shape. When opting for one, you must choose one that’s appropriate to your shoe sizes to avoid stretching. There are also adjustable shoehorns in the market which is pretty handy compared to a one-size variant only. Before you put them shoe horns, let your shoes rest for at least a day after wearing to let moisture evaporate.
Stuff Shoes Using Acid-Free Tissues
- Keep your shoe’s moisture levels normal by stuffing it with acid-free tissue paper. These tissues also protect your shoes from deteriorating. So instead of using newspaper, start using acid-free tissue paper to stuff your shoes from now on. For boots and thick leather shoes, use an unbleached muslin fabric instead.
Clean Before You Store
- This is already a golden rule that not only applies to shoes, but also to other items as well. Before you put your shoes into storage, take time to clean them thoroughly. For leather shoes, apply some leather conditioner to its soles and uppers. Stuff shoes using acid-free tissues (mentioned above) to smooth the toe box and heel. Wrap them using muslin before finally putting them into storage.
Consider Getting a Shoe Organizer
- If you don’t have one, then it’s time to buy one. There’s a lot of shoe storage options that are available for you ranging from shoe racks to custom cabinets. If you want to opt for long-term storage, then the solutions listed below is just what you need.
- Shoe Storage Boxes – These special boxes give extra protection to your shoes to keep them away from harsh sunlight, dust, and fluctuating temperatures. If you have vintage shoes, using shoe storage boxes to store them help preserve their leather material. You can also use plastic boxes as an alternative. But before using one, make sure that your shoes are dry and clean to prevent mildew buildup.
- Shoe Racks/Cabinets – Shoes that you wear regularly is better stored on shoe racks with an open front. Having an open front allows air to circulate around the footwear. Shelves with open fronts are also ideal for boots and leather shoes. Putting your shoe rack in the garage or entryway is the ideal places to put them shoes. Placing racks in these convenient places gives everyone the chance to put their shoes away more carefully, meaning no more throwing away or building a pile of shoes around the house.
- Shoe Tree – Shoe trees actually don’t fit for long-term storage but let’s just talk about them in this last anyway. Shoe trees are best used for flats and casual footwear that you frequently use. Preserve your shoe’s shape by switching the way you hang your shoes.
Keep Your Shoes in a Climate-Controlled Storage
- Extreme humidity and temperature is your shoes worst enemy. The duo ruins your shoes, making it brittle, weaken fabrics, and causes glue to loosen up. Shoes stored in the attic/basement can also become unusable especially if it is not maintained.
Roll acid-free cardboard for boot storage.
- If you have winter boots with you, preserve their shape by inserting rolled acid-free cardboard into their shanks. This prevents creases from weakening materials at the ankle as the boots flop to the side.
Use Silica Packets for Light-Weight Shoes
- Lightweight shoes such as summer shoes are made from fragile materials. But with the use of a silica gel, it helps remove dampness once they’re inside storage. Also, another important thing, keep bright colored shoes away from sunlight to retain its color. Direct sunlight can bleach your shoes and loses its color if exposed for long periods of time.