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Storing you shoes: Bags or no bags?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hopkins_student, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    How do you store your shoes? If they came in cloth bags do you store them in the cloth bags, or do you leave them out so you can see them?
     
  2. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    No bags. Bags will prevent against dust, but are detrimental to breathing and airing out.
     
  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    See 'em. I save the bags for travel and the like. But mostly the bags just sit in a big pile.
     
  4. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    Bags are for travel. I have a large bag in my corner. You really only need a few bags and can throw the rest out...but i just can't part with mine.
     
  5. minimal

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    Preferred method: in their bags, inside their original boxes. This prevents rub marks from where the shoes contact the box, especially if the shoes are in the box for a long while between wearings. The boxes get a little jostling since they are stacked and get rearranged occasionally.

    My shoes are never put in their boxes damp: usually I have them air out
    for an hour after wearing, then in go the shoe trees. The next day they go into the bags and back into the boxes.
     
  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    All my shoes stay in their dust bags on shoe trees. I don't understand the breathing comment, my bags are made of fabric and are wide open at one end so my shoes have no "breathing" problems
     
  7. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Preferred method: in their bags, inside their original boxes. This prevents rub marks from where the shoes contact the box, especially if the shoes are in the box for a long while between wearings. The boxes get a little jostling since they are stacked and get rearranged occasionally. My shoes are never put in their boxes damp: usually I have them air out for an hour after wearing, then in go the shoe trees. The next day they go into the bags and back into the boxes.
    Same here. Well other than the box thing, I don't keep the boxes. I live in Tucson and have an "Arizona Lawn" outside (gravel [​IMG] ). PILES AND PILES OF DUST - CONSTANTLY! Shoe bags help me stay sane. Otherwise I would be cleaning and polishing my shoes every day. I enjoy douing it but not HAVING to do it for all my shoes.
     
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    gamelan Senior member

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    bags if they come with them. otherwise, i use the paper that shoes normally come with to prevent the shoes from touching each other (yes, it's a disease or something).

    i store my shoes 24 hours after i've worn them to make sure they've had time to dry. and i always use shoe trees.

    -Jeff
     
  9. hossoso

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    See 'em. I save the bags for travel and the like. But mostly the bags just sit in a big pile.

    +1. I just use the bags to avoid scratches during transport.

    +1 for leaving them in a pile too, as shoe bags should be stored.
     
  10. minimal

    minimal Senior member

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    Just to clarify: I put them in their boxes so that they can be stacked (and therefore take up less space) and also so that I can easily see what is where. Otherwise, if there are 4 pairs of shoes inside the same bags how would I know which to grab? When they're in boxes, the labels make it obvious.

    I heard that in the remake of the movie "Alfie", the main character puts polaroids of the shoes on the outside of the shoeboxes. Cute, but I know what they look like from the label.

    I always thought it'd be nice to have some dovetailed wood shoeboxes made up, with airholes for circulation, a slanted divider to separate the pair, and a slot in the front for the original ID label from the box. Maybe someday...
     
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    Another just for travel here.

    I keep them stacked in their appropriate boxes on the shelf with shoe trees. I have the bags that came with them lying flat on the bottom of the boxes to prevent scuffing.
     
  12. grimslade

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    All my shoes stay in their dust bags on shoe trees. I don't understand the breathing comment, my bags are made of fabric and are wide open at one end so my shoes have no "breathing" problems

    Well, let's see. Does your skin breathe better with a shirt on, or topless? (no visual aids, please [​IMG] ) Even a layer of fabric, even on open at one end, affects air flow, etc. That's all I'm saying.

    Honestly though, life's too short to take shoes in and out of bags every day. I'd go nuts. I'm really just trying to rationalize indolence.
     
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    I never keep them in the bags unless I'm travelling (but I always put shoe trees in them). I didn't spend thousands of dollars on shoes for them to stay in a baggy when I'm not wearing them. I have them all on display on my closet (more of a shrine really) where I can look at them whenever I want.
     
  14. Tomasso

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    I bag my less used and out of season shoes and boots. Think formal shoes, hunting boots, sandals, etc...........
     
  15. Get Smart

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    I never keep them in the bags unless I'm travelling (but I always put shoe trees in them). I didn't spend thousands of dollars on shoes for them to stay in a baggy when I'm not wearing them. I have them all on display on my closet (more of a shrine really) where I can look at them whenever I want.


    +1
     
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    Unworn (yes, I know) and seasonal shoes are stored in bags with trees until the appropriate season. My regular rotation is shoved into every nook, cranny, and storage area of my studio apartment (armoir-6 pairs, underneath the futon-7 pairs, hanging shoe organizer- 5 pairs).
     
  17. AlanC

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    Unworn (yes, I know) and seasonal shoes are stored in bags with trees until the appropriate season.

    Do you put shoe trees even in unworn pairs?
     
  18. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Do you put shoe trees even in unworn pairs?

    Of course [​IMG]

    though mostly only the cheap plastic ones, I'm working my way towards replacing them with wooden ones but it's difficult to get to that particular shop that sells them cheap.
     
  19. hossoso

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    Do you put shoe trees even in unworn pairs?

    I do. I only have 7 pairs of quality shoes and the only shoes I haven't worn are some black Lattanzi shoes. I have kept trees in them, I plan to wear them to some of my fathers' performances at Benaroya Hall this month. I had an aversion to black shoes long before joining this forum and am still apprehensive but the performances are formal and I don't want to shame the family name.
     
  20. Tomasso

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    I plan to wear them to some of my fathers' performances at Benaroya Hall this month. I had an aversion to black shoes long before joining this forum and am still apprehensive but the performances are formal and I don't want to shame the family name.
    [​IMG]
     

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