It’s important to keep them in a dry area, especially if they’re made of suede or leather. If you have space, keep them in the boxes or in dust bags as dust can accumulate and leave grey marks – especially on suede.
It’s also very important to make sure that your shoes are clean before you put them away for storage – the longer you leave dirt the harder it is to get out.
It’s a good idea to store your shoes by type and season – it will save time if your summer shoes are at the front of your storage space when it’s summer, the same for winter, spring and autumn.
The best place to store your shoes is somewhere cool and dry – make sure they won’t get too hot during the summer or freezing cold during the winter. The fluctuations in temperature will make the fibres of leather and suede break down, and it’s not ideal for any trimmings that may be made of plastic either.
When you’ve found a place to keep your shoes and you’ve made sure they are clean, there are things you can do to keep them even more protected whilst they aren’t being worn.
Make sure you stuff the toe end of your shoes with balled paper – ensure its acid free as well, just to be on the safe side. Avoid using newspaper as it could colour stain your shoes. Cut up toilet rolls also work well!! Avoid storing suede or leather in plastic, airtight bags… the material needs to breathe or it will become mouldy.