Care For Your Shoes….I Do

Storing your shoes in boxes keeps their shape longer. It also maintains top condition.

When you’re a woman with larger feet, it’s important to understand that caring for your shoes is even more important than other women.  You see, if I wore a size 7 shoe, I would always know that if my shoes fall apart, it doesn’t matter.  Why? Well because then I’d be able to walk into almost ANY shoe store around the world and find my size.  Isn’t that right?

Well, I wear a ladies size 12 (USA).  That’s a UK 10.  A European 43.  So needless to say, finding shoes can be a real challenge.  When I do, I care for them.  How?

I spray my shoes before wearing them with a protector.  I also keep the boxes.  Yes, I keep the boxes.  The other option is I get those storage containers.  Occasionally I even keep the stuffing and the little silica packets that come in the box.  These are really important for keeping moisture from building up.  Especially if you tend to sweat in your shoes or walk in moist conditions. Moisture can breed mold or mildew on your shoes which looks like white patches.  They sometimes are even fuzzy looking patches.  It’s best to let your shoes dry completely before you store them in a box

Silica get packets are used to prevent moisture and damge to goods. They are silicone dioxide and considered non-toxic. But it’s not safe to ingest and you should clean eyes thoroughly if you rub eyes after handly.

If you ever do get mold on your shoes using pure white vinegar can help eliminate this problem.  Click Here for tips on cleaning mildew and mold from shoes.

Mold on Shoes

Mold on Shoes

For tall fashion boots, storing them using a boot tree is the best way to help them keep their shape.  What I do during off-season is keep the stuffing or buy tissue used for gifts to stuff in the front of the boot.  It helps keep them dry along with the shape of the toes.  If they are soft leather you can fold them and keep in a storage box.


Invest in boot trees to keep your expensive footwear in good condition.


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