Keep those kicks fresh, son
Shoes are an investment. They cost money and you’ve spent time looking for just the perfect pair. If we learned any stereotype from Sex and the City, it’s that every woman is shoe obsessed. Whether you have a hundred pairs or are more like me (2 pairs of heels: one nude, one black, one pair of boots, one pair of running shoes, one pair of hiking boots, 2 pairs of flats: one black, one brown, one pair of sandals, one pair of moccasins) you’ve somehow accumulated 9 pairs of shoes without even trying.
Like everything, you’ll want to pack shoes in shoe boxes if you still have them. That will help shoes get to the next destination without scuffing, being misshapen or losing one of the pair.
For the rest of us who toss the box out because we don’t have walk-in closets to host even our small shoe collection, here are instructions how to pack shoes for the rest of us. While the running/athletic shoes can probably take a beating (and you’ll likely be wearing them on moving day), the rest of the shoes will need some love.
Pop quiz: Do you live in a hot and humid climate? Or is it hot and humid even part of the year? Do you have a basement you’ll be storing your shoes in? If you answered yes, please don’t toss your shoes in a box, seal with tape and then leave it.
Fact: Leather retains moisture. Moisture + heat + weird foot bacteria = mold. Moldy shoes, is that what you want? Well if you just toss them in a box that’s what you deserve. And that’s why we can’t have nice things. Thanks, you.
So how do you pack shoes without their original box packaging? Why, you! Thanks for asking! Let me tell you!
Start with a flat work area. Lay a stack of ink-free packing paper on the work surface. Have pile of shoes nearby, like real close to you without it being all up in your business. This is a very quick process and you’ll want all supplies close by to make this efficient. Wrap shoes in pairs. Start with one shoe, place on one corner of packing paper. Using one sheet of packing paper, roll shoe forward in packing paper until covered, then nestle the opposite shoe the opposite direction the first, wrap and roll until packing paper is nicely tucked into shoe shape. For most shoes this will leave you with a nice rectangle shaped package.
You can stuff shoes with socks or crumpled packing paper to help them maintain their shape in transit. Bonus: you may need those socks you stuffed inside the shoes. If you do, that may help motivate you to unpack a box.
It is important leather shoes are never wrapped in plastic / bubble wrap because leather needs to breathe. Let them breathe! Those cows and alligators already suffered murder to be placed on your feet, give them some respect. If you don’t listen to this plea and let’s say it’s summer when you’re moving and don’t need those winter boots so you leave them packed up until the fall when you’re ready to frolic in the changing leafs, don’t be surprised to pull out some moldy shoes. Again, this is why we can’t have nice things.
Obviously heavier shoes go on the bottom of the box with lighter and more delicate heels on the top. Medium and large sized moving boxes works well for this task, you’ll want to choose the size that fits your collection. Wrapped shoes can also be placed on the bottom of a wardrobe box, before you hang clothes from the metal hanger. Once you’ve packed your box full of shoes, secure the box for moving shoes with packing tape and do the obvious, label box on all sides. Hello, congrats, we told you this was a quick task! Now give yourself a cookie.