The worst advice we’ve ever heard about shoe storage

© Depositphotos.com/Craig Robinson

© Depositphotos.com/Craig Robinson

How do you store your shoes? From storage boxes to shoe racks, there are a variety of ingenious ways to keep your shoes looking, feeling and smelling their best while also keeping your home free of unwanted clutter.

While shoe racks and storage containers are great ways to store your shoes, many people still use outdated, ineffective shoe storage methods. In this blog post, we’ll share the four worst pieces of shoe storage advice we’ve ever heard.

Don’t store your shoes in boxes… it’s bad for them

From sports trainers to leather boots, the best place to store your shoes is inside a shoe storage box. Unfortunately, some people believe that storing your shoes inside a box is bad for them due to lack of fresh air and sunlight.

Shoes do need fresh air, but only when they’ve recently been worn. If your shoes are completely dry and clean, there’s nothing hazardous about storing them in a storage box, especially if it’s a clear one that allows some sunlight to reach your shoes.

Most shoe storage containers have small vents and holes to allow air to reach your shoes, making a lack of fresh air a non-issue. Besides, if you wear your shoes once a fortnight, they’re getting plenty of fresh air already.

Store your shoes outside to give them fresh air

This advice is typically given for sports trainers and casual shoes, which often end up damp and dirty after use. Storing your sports shoes outside can be a good idea, but only if the weather is dry and warm.

When it’s damp and cold outside, the ‘fresh air’ your shoes are exposed to can turn into the perfect environment for mildew. Keep your sports shoes outside for one or two hours after they’ve been worn to dry them out, but bring them inside after.

Use a shoe spray to freshen them up and – once they’re dry and clean – store them in a shoe storage box or on your shoe rack. Wet environments are the number one destroyer of shoes, so make sure your sports shoes aren’t left out in the rain.

Don’t use shoe sprays… they’ll damage the fabric

When you’re out and about, your feet are perspiring and making the inside of your shoes damp. Most of the time this dampness is eliminated by sunlight, but if you’re an athlete (or you live in a warm, humid area) it might not be completely beaten.

Shoe freshener sprays allow you to quickly neutralise the moisture and bacteria in your sweat that makes your shoes smell. Most shoe sprays use light chemicals and natural substances to neutralise the smell and prevent your shoes from stinking.

Don’t be afraid to use shoe sprays on sports shoes, casual shoes and other everyday footwear. If you wear leather or suede shoes, use a special leather protector spray to neutralise odours while keeping the leather material free of chemical damage.

Keep your leather shoes away from sunlight

From loafers to high heels, leather shoes can add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. Many people mistakenly believe that sunlight will ‘crack’ leather shoes, but it is actually harmless – and even good for your shoes – in small doses.

Sunlight dries out the inside of your shoes and prevents moisture from perspiration or the environment damaging them. Dark environments are ideal for mildew, since there’s no sunlight to neutralise the bacteria in your shoes.

Don’t be afraid to keep your leather shoes in sunny areas such as your front door or hallway for short periods of time. If you store them, make sure they’re kept in a light environment that’s free of moisture to prevent mildew from growing.