Shoe and boot storage

7 Secrets for Best Storage of Your Shoes & Boots

Clear plastic shoe box storage makes organising easy.
Clear Plastic Shoe Boxes

Proper shoe storage will help you save money rather than purchasing new ones all the time. There are different ways that you can store your footwear to prolong their life!

Storing footwear well gives your space a tidy appearance as well so what’s not to love?! Above all keep the shoes in a good position, keep them dry and keep them clean.

Several factors contribute to wearing out of shoes. These include humidity, aridity, and gravity. Avoid leaving shoes on the ground when taking them off. It exposes them to the natural elements that can lead to their deterioration.

Cedar Wood Shoe Cubby

To help you organise your shoes quickly I’m sharing some expert tips for storing them both long and short term. Here are my 8 revealing secrets for your best boot and shoes storage.

Use Wooden Shoehorns

This technique is excellent for long term storage. The wooden shoehorns help maintain the shoe’s shape since you will not be wearing it for a long time. It is crucial to find the right size to avoid overstretching the shoe, leading to shoe damages.

Let the shoes open for at least a day before inserting the shoehorns. It is to ensure that any moisture trapped within the boot evaporates, leaving it dry.

Use Silica Packets

Silica packets are ideal for lightweight shoes (you sometimes find these inside the carboard shoe boxes when you buy them). Materials used to make summer shoes are fragile hence lack humidity tolerance. Inserting a silica packet into the shoe storage rack will help absorb humidity making the area dry.

Ensure That Shoes And Boots Are Clean And Dry Before Storing

Clean your shoes before storing them. Apply the recommended leather conditioner on the uppers and the soles of leather shoes and boots.

Stuff Shoes with Acid-Free Paper

Avoid using newspapers to stuff shoes stored for the long-term. Go for the acid-free paper since it is absorbent and helps maintain the shoes’ ideal moisture level and protect them from damage. Fill up the inside of the shoe with enough to soften the toe area and to avoid overstretching.

You can also purchase unbleached muslin cloth since it dries away the moisture and protects metallic buckles in shoes from scratches.

Use Clear Plastic Shoe Boxes for Storage

Store your shoes in clear plastic boxes to preserve them and easily identify them.
Open Front Plastic Stackable Shoe Boxes

Shoe boxes are ideal for long-term storage. They offer footwear the highest level of protection from extreme temperatures, sunlight, and dust that can lead to wearing out of the shoes.

Should you need to open stacked boxes easily these open fronted ones pictured above are best.

Stuffing shoes and storing them in the boxes can help maintain flexibility and preserve the shoe’s leather material. Plastic containers are ideal – especially when they are clear ones since it’s easy to identify your shoes quickly. 

Ensure that the shoes are dry to avoid mould growth. Any acid-free storage box is suitable for maintaining the health of your shoe.

Place Shoes In A Climate-Controlled Environment

Extreme climatic conditions weaken the fabric and make the leather turn brittle. Placing your shoes in a climate-controlled environment helps to maintain the shoes in good condition.

Use Boot Shapers For Boot Storage

Boot shapers are the ideal shoe storage technique for tall winter boots. They help keep boots in shape. Use boot shapers to prevent taller section from falling off to the side.

Hanging boot shapers help preserve shape and defy gravity for knee high
Hanging boot shapers help preserve shape and defy gravity for knee high boots

This article is a guest sponsored post on Shoe Storage in in conjunction with The Holding Company.

I’d love to hear your tips on best storage of your shoes and boots, please leave a comment below!

About Rachel

Rachel Davies works throughout Devon and Cornwall to provide home staging for houses that need staging for sale. A background in interior design and design management gives her the edge on other home staging companies. She is a degree qualified interior designer and also a qualified project manager.

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