Knowing how to pack shoes correctly can help save you the frustration of ending up with smashed, misshapen or even broken kicks. Unsurprisingly, moving shoes correctly has more steps than just tossing them in a box or bag. If you take a little time and extra care, your shoes can be in tip-top shape at the end of your move.
Use Shoe Boxes (If You Have Them)
There’s a reason they come in boxes in the first place, they have to get to the store safely! If you have a collection of old shoeboxes (or similarly sized and sturdy packages), follow these steps:
Make Shoe Burritos (If You Don’t Have Shoe Boxes)
Although packing in the shoebox is the best way to go, most of us do not keep shoe boxes lying around. So, if the original box is not available, you can wrap up your shoes into shoe burritos (no, that doesn’t sound yummy to us either).
Green Tip: If you want to cut back on your paper use, you can use blankets, pillows or soft clothes instead.
Keep Your Shoes in Shape
Shoes can often be stretched out or smashed during a move, just like they are in your suitcase. To prevent this from happening, take a piece of packing paper or a clean sock, and stuff it into your shoe. If you are packing boots or shoes that go over the ankle, be sure to pack them all the way up to the top!
Keep Your Shoes Smelling Great
Nothing is certain but death and taxes… and stinky shoes. If you don’t want your box of shoe burritos to smell like dirty feet when it’s unpacked, try these options.
Spray your shoes with anti-bacterial spray or a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water and let them dry before packing. This will kill off odor-causing bacteria. Make sure your shoes won’t be damaged by the spray, of course.
Final Shoe Packing Tips
And now you are set to go!
Taking the time to follow the steps above may be a bit time consuming, but in the end, it will keep your shoes looking and smelling great, and you will be saved the trouble of possibly having to buy new shoes. And if you really want to have some fun while unpacking, pretend it’s your birthday and you are getting a huge box of brand new shoes.
Are there any hacks for packing shoes you’d like to share?
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