Storing Your Shoe

The two main important factors in the longevity of your dress shoe are ironically what you do to the shoes when you’re not wearing them. The first factor is the condition of the leather, and the second is the shoe’s architecture.  A shoe tree is the one tool that can do both simultaneously. So before you read further, own an excellent cedar wood shoe tree. The trick is to purchase one any time you buy a shoe (if it’s within your means).

The first two hours or so that your shoe is off your feet requires a shoe tree to maintain the architecture of your shoe. A pair or two is enough if a man can’t afford a pair for each shoe in his wardrobe. Please leave them in the last worn shoe until you remove the ones on your feet. Besides the shoe’s shape, it helps draw unwanted liquids from your shoe after wearing them. A cedar wood shoe tree will also cause your shoes to smell good.

Don’t store shoes when they’re wet. Tightly stuff paper towels in them and keep them in an airy space away from direct heat or sunlight. Once the water is out of the shoe (it should be out after 24 hours), place a shoe tree in it and go through the entire polishing regime before storing it.

Shoes should be positioned upright as though worn and not any other way. No matter how tight your closet may be, it would be best to find a way to place your shoes so they stand right. A shoe rack can be an excellent investment.

If you have seasonal shoes that you wear only during a particular season, take your time to polish or clean them well before you store them for the season. If possible, a professional shine is invariably a solid investment.

The reason is that the shoe’s leather or fabric might have stains, and if you don’t clean it well enough to get rid of all of them, six months might be too late.