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5 Tricks In Storing Shoes

Keep your favorite pairs in good condition with these tips

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

When storing shoes, you can't just keep them in one corner. You should also clean it first before storing them in a cabinet. To help you store and care for your shoes properly, here are a couple of must-dos to consider:

Read the original article ("Closet Catalog") in the February 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Wipe them clean

Brush off dirt and remove stains from your shoes before storing them. This prevents degradation of the material. Use a soft-bristled brush for suede and leather, and soap and water for plastic and canvas shoes. Do this to your everyday shoes as well.

Stow them away

Store your shoes by season or purpose. Group together dressy shoes and heels used for special occasions, flip-flops and sandals for summer, and thermal or rain boots for rainy months. Doing this will keep your closet organized while making it easier for you to find the pair that you need.

Keep everything accessible

Everyday shoes may be stored in cubbies near the entrance of your home. There should also be a separate spot for wet shoes that need to dry out. 

Photo by Rene Mejia.

Go for all-natural scents

Mothballs have toxins that may leave an unpleasant smell on your shoes. Use cedar instead, to repel moths and give off a fresh scent. 

RL Tip: You may opt to use Echostore’s Home Basics Odor Buster (P195) or Messy Bessy’s Messy Man Active Spray (P130). These natural neutralizers can be sprayed onto shoes’ insoles to get rid of their funky smell.

Don’t pile them

Stacking shoes one on top of the other should be avoided. This will cause the shoes to lose structure. Instead, store each pain in clear boxes that can be stacked.

 Photo by Ocs Alvarez /ACME Visual Productions.

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