Last year when transitioning from summer into fall I shared some tips on summer shoe storage. This year I thought I would follow-up as we transition from boot to sandal weather with some tips on how to store your winter shoes.
With winter shoes, especially ones made of leather, it is important to clean and store your shoes correctly. I’m no expert on shoe or leather care, but I know I was clueless when I purchased my first pair so I want to share with others who are trying to figure out how to properly care for their shoes and some times on shoe organization.
36 or 38 Quart Containers – all my boots fit into two of these bins. If you take a look at my first shoe organization post you can see I have quite a few pairs of them.
Tissue or Newspaper – if you keep the tissue and cardboard that comes with the shoes use those, otherwise use some tissue paper or newspaper to help your shoes keep their shape.
Clean. Leather shoes take a beating during the fall and winter season, especially in places where there is snow and salt used to clear paths for pedestrians. So it is very important to clean and condition them before storing them away for the season. Otherwise you may come back in a few months to dry, cracked, stained leather.
Keep in Shape. Before putting your shoes into boxed make sure to stuff them with the tissue or cardboard they came with (if you kept them when you first bought the shoes) or with newspaper into the toe box and around the ankle to help the shoe retain it’s shape while in storage.
Paper or plastic? It’s recommended to store you boots in their original cardboard boxes or boxes that allow for air to come through. But I did not and could not find an affordable few in stores or online, so I settled for some plastic ones. For the storage bins I was able to fit three layers of boots.
Think about gravity! I put my heaviest boots on bottom and layered my lightest on top to help prevent any additional creasing that could happen in the months they’ll be in storage. As you add each layer pay attention to how the shoes stack, I placed wadded tissue and newspaper to pad some spaces between the boots to help keep the boots lay flat, rather than crumple over each other and risk adding creases while in storage.
The bins were the perfect length for long boots, but that doesn’t mean you can’t store ankle boots in it too.
I hope this was helpful! I’d love to hear any storage tips you may utilize when switching from season to season.