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How to Make Sure Your Shoes Always Look Brand New

Consider this your shoe bible.
How to Make Sure Your Shoes Always Look Brand New
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Consider this your shoe bible.

You don’t have to be shoe-obsessed to appreciate a well-organized and curated shoe closet. All you need is to set aside a day to evaluate its contents and classify them. In addition to storage strategies, proper care and maintenance of your shoes are equally important in keeping them tidy and in good condition. 

STORAGE SOLUTION

If you’re inclined to keep your shoes in boxes, try a uniformed approach. These standard-sized shoe boxes are stackable and their contents can easily be viewed. 

Transparent shoe box, P395, MAKE ROOM, Estancia Mall
PHOTO BY Make Room

ARRANGEMENT

1. By heel height

Keep your stilettos on the higher shelves and your flats, sneakers, and flip-flops at them bottom.

2. By color

This system works just as well for shoes as it does for clothing. Arrange similarly-hued steppers together to make it easy to pick out a pair to match your outfit.

3. By season

Keep boots and cool weather shoes that you use less frequently on the topmost shelf.

PHOTO BY Koji Arboleda

SPECIAL CARE

Special pairs call for some extra TLC.

1. Feather shoes

DO: Wrap the feathered area with Japanese or craft paper to wick away moisture.

DON’T: Leave them out of the box; the dust alone can cause discoloration.

2. Lace-up flats

DO: Roll the long straps into a coil and tuck them neatly into the shoes.

DON’T: Crumple the straps; this will make them look old and ugly fast.

3. Tall gladiators or boots

DO: Keep the plastic inserts that come with most tall shoes.

DON’T: Store them folded; you wouldn’t want to crease the leather.

CLEAN UP SCHEDULE

Timely care for your precious pairs:

After wear: Wipe the insides and soles of your shoes with baby wipes before properly storing them.

Every week: Air out your shoes. Take them out of the box for an hour and check for mold.

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Every quarter: Replace dehumidifiers and condition shoes. Check for pairs that need repair.

Every six months: Assess your picks for the season and switch up closet arrangement as needed.

Annually: Figure out what you haven’t worn the past year and decide what to keep or let go.

EXTRAS

Keep pesky moisture away with these handy helpers.

1. Charcoal

2. Dehumidifier

P88/each, SAIZEN, Robinsons Galleria
PHOTO BY Saizen

3. Water- and dirt-proof spray

 

Shoe spray, P740, COLLONIL, collonil.ph
PHOTO BY collonil.ph

Bonus: Foam shoe inserts like these keep your heels at their best whether stored at home or stashed during travels.

 

Ultra-lightweight foam-padded shoe trees, around P700/pair, PEDAG, amazon.com
PHOTO BY amazon.com

*This originally appeared in Preview October 2015 issue.

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