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Long term shoe storage

Happydayz

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I'm going to have to put my dress shoes (as well as nearly everything else) into storage for roughly 18 months. Having never stored shoes for this long I'm not sure what the best approach is to take in order to care for them properly.

The self-storage unit that I've rented is climate controlled meaning that the unit will be between 50-80 degrees year round. I've also taken the liberty of giving each shoe one last cleaning with a focus on leather conditioner.

What I don't know is if it makes a big deal to store the shoes flat on their heels or if I can store them turned to the side. I still have the original Allen Edmond boxes from when I purchase them and when I went to store them I noticed that all of the shoes were turned to the side. Not sure if this would cause any issues over a year and a half, or if I'm just being paranoid.
 

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Originally Posted by Happydayz
I'm going to have to put my dress shoes (as well as nearly everything else) into storage for roughly 18 months. Having never stored shoes for this long I'm not sure what the best approach is to take in order to care for them properly.

The self-storage unit that I've rented is climate controlled meaning that the unit will be between 50-80 degrees year round. I've also taken the liberty of giving each shoe one last cleaning with a focus on leather conditioner.

What I don't know is if it makes a big deal to store the shoes flat on their heels or if I can store them turned to the side. I still have the original Allen Edmond boxes from when I purchase them and when I went to store them I noticed that all of the shoes were turned to the side. Not sure if this would cause any issues over a year and a half, or if I'm just being paranoid.


I woudld put shoetrees inside, use a leather conditioner and then a shoe cream (no wax) and finally put them inside the shoeboxes flat on their heels. They will be better maintained that way.
 

Happydayz

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Yeah I figured that flat on their heels would be best. However it takes a bit more space to do that which is why I'm wondering if putting them unto their sides for an extended period of time will cause any issues. They will all have cedar shoes trees
 

JayJay

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Originally Posted by Happydayz
They will all have cedar shoes trees

Storing them with trees is a good idea.
 

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