If you have some leather shoes that you know you will not be wearing for a while, instead of cluttering up your closet, you should store them in your self-storage unit. However, you shouldn’t just throw them in your storage unit. If you want to keep them in good shape, you will need to do a little prep work first.
Best Storage Unit For Your Leather Shoes
The best type of storage unit to store items such as leather shoes in are climate controlled storage units. You want to avoid storage units that experience extreme temperature changes between hot and cold.
Having to endure extreme differences in temperature can speed up the process of wearing out your shoes. The fibers in your leather shoes will break down more quickly when not stored in a stable environment.
Cleaning Your Leather Shoes
Before you store your leather shoes, you need to clean them. Leftover dirt and debris can attract bugs to your shoes that find that kind of thing yummy. Dirt and other debris, left unclean and untouched for months, can result in the leather on your shoes degrading over time.
First off, if your shoes are wet, you should allow them to dry before you even think about putting them in your storage unit. Storing wet shoes can lead to mold and mildew down the road, which are both things you want to avoid.
Once your shoes are dry, you should use a scratch-free soft brush to remove any dirt that has accumulated on your leather shoes. You can purchase a scratch-free soft brush at your local shoes store or even at your local department store. You do not want to use a brush with stiff bristles, because it will leave marks on your leather shoes.
Next, if your leather shoes have any scuffs on them, you will want to use a leather cleaner on them. You can purchase a leather cleaner at most shoe stores. You will apply the cleaner with a soft cloth, allow it to sit the recommended amount of time on your shoes, and then wipe it off.
Finally, before placing your leather shoes in storage, you should also polish them. Cream polishes usually work best for leather. You will want to apply the cream in a circular motion. Take your time and be sure to polish the entire shoe. Then, take a second clean cloth and go over your shoes to remove any excess polish.
Packing Up Your Shoes
The best way to keep your shoes safe inside of your storage unit is by placing them inside of boxes.
If you still have the original shoe boxes, place your shoes inside of them. If you go this route, be sure to label your shoeboxes so you know what is inside.
If you don’t have the original shoe boxes, one of the best alternatives is small clear plastic storage bins. That way, you can see what’s inside of the bin and your shoes will be protected from the elements.
Regardless of if you store your leather shoes inside of their original boxes or in plastic bins, you should stuff them with acid free paper. This will help your leather shoes keep their shape without compromising the integrity of your shoes. Alternatively, you could also use shoe trees as well.
If you need a little extra space in your house, a climate controlled self-storage unit can be a great place to store your leather shoes that you are not using right now. Just make sure you take the time to properly clean and pack them up in order to maintain the integrity of your shoes.