Be honest – when you take your shoes off at the end of the day, do you kick them off at the front door, or give them the star treatment? Caring for your shoes will undoubtedly help them last longer, but care includes more than just keeping them clean. Not storing your shoes properly is more than just a pain – it can damage your shoes and what a waste of money, not to mention good shoes!
Crushed shoes are the result of being flung into the wardrobe one on top of the other without a single care for how this effects the shape or the potential scuff marks. If you can, try and install some shoe shelves into your wardrobe, which will automatically give your shoes a place to rest. Shoe trees are another must if you want your shoes to keep their shape – cedar wood shoe trees also have the added benefit of absorbing moisture from your leather shoes, which will help them last longer too.
Have you ever had one of those days where you just couldn’t find anything? It normally happens at the most inconvenient moments too – like rushing out the door for work or to make your dinner reservation on time. Finding one shoe and spending 10 minutes looking for its partner is hardly a good use of your time, so take a few minutes to straighten out your shoe cupboard to prevent headaches like this again.
Clutter is the bane of our lives, and when we don’t keep on top of it, it can quickly take over. Never has this been more apparent than in our wardrobes, where you can easily lose shirts, holiday clothes and shoes – they just seem to disappear into the void. Take some time to clear out your wardrobe and recycle or donate what you no longer wear. This will not only free up some much needed storage space, but you might even rediscover a favourite pair of shoes buried in there somewhere that you totally forgot about.
If you’re planning to put particular shoes away for the season, like storing your winter boots for the summer, then make sure you clean and polish them properly first. You need to get rid of dirt and air them out so they are completely dry before you put them into storage otherwise the damp could deteriorate the leather.
Suede shoes generally need that little bit more care and attention anyway, as a more delicate fabric that can mark easily. Moisture is a big problem for suede, as it can easily mould if not carefully treated and stored in dry conditions. If you have damp in your wardrobe, your suede shoes will be the first things to get ruined. Make sure they are stored away from moisture to keep them looking great.