Tips and tricks for convenient shoe storage
A shoe rack should not only store your shoes when they are not in use, but should also protect them from damage. Crumpled toes, scuff marks and creases are all common problems of an inadequate shoe storage system.
Choosing Shoe Storage for Your Home
Most homes will require multiple forms of shoe storage. A place to store commonly worn pairs of shoes near the door is often appreciated, while more special pairs should be stored in a closet.
One great solution for an entryway is a shoe storage bench. This bench has cubbyholes beneath the seat to store pairs of shoes. It also conveniently offers a place to sit when taking off or putting on shoes.
A shoe storage cabinet is a great addition to a mudroom or even a large closet. The advantage of a shoe storage cabinet is the protection the doors offer the shoes. Buy preventing dust from entering the cabinet, it is less likely your shoes will need cleaning.
A shoe rack can fit in almost any location. It can go in a spare bit of closet space, underneath a coat rack, or near an entryway. The key to choosing a shoe rack that can be used by the whole family is picking one that can accommodate a wide variety of shoes.
A closet shoe organizer can come in many forms. The most common form, an over the door organizer, should be avoided unless inexpensive shoes are being stored. The best closet shoe organizers have a fixed space for each pair to shoes to prevent smashing and creasing. If boots are commonly worn in your house, a closet shoe organizer should have a spot to accommodate a few pairs.
Tips for Shoe Storage
Before putting your shoes away, it is important to follow a few quick steps to keep your shoes looking their best. First, shoetrees should be purchased and used in all fine leather shoes. Second, any dirt or dust should be wiped off with a soft cloth. Third, shoes should not be worn on consecutive days if at all avoidable: giving your shoes a day of rest will prevent smells and uneven wearing. Fourth, the shoes should be checked for any signs of wear. Shoelaces can be purchased to replace fraying ones and soles can be fixed or replaced by any cobbler.
Written by Amy Whittle