Preparing Your Shoes for Post-Winter Hibernation
5 Things You Must Do Before Storing Your Winter Shoes!
Have you looked outside lately? Spring has arrived – finally! After the harsh winter we all just lived through, your cold weather shoes and boots have likely taken a bit of a beating. All of us at Cobbler Concierge have a great love for our footwear collections (we are sure this is no surprise), so this is the time of year to look over each pair and get them ready for winter storage.
1. Give your shoes a deep clean
After a season of snow, slush, ice melt/salt, and other debris check each pair for residue that can be wiped clean with one of the many products on the market designed for either fabric or leather. For deep cleaning, particularly for leather shoes, have a professional like Cobbler Concierge handle the job. In addition to cleaning, any needed repairs can be tended to at the same time. More than once we have opened a shoe box to slip into a shoe at the beginning of the season only to find the lifts are in need of replacement. It’s a frustrating way to start the day. Our shoes are now repaired at the end of the season rather than the beginning of the next one.
2. Check for Repairs
Don’t forget to check the soles. Many winter boots (and shoes) feature textured bottoms that are great to help avoid slips and falls. However, dirt and tiny stones can easily get stuck in the crevices. Try a clean toothbrush with stiff bristles and warm water to remove debris.
3. Check the insoles
How do the interiors of your shoes look? Are the insoles in still providing support? Are there any spots where you have worn through the insoles? Be sure to have those replaced to ensure proper support and the early demise of these shoes.
4. Invest in proper storage
Now for the storage. We suggest maintaining shoes, particularly leather ones, in their original cardboard boxes if they are still available. Fabric shoes can be placed in plastic, but leather should not as the plastic will not breathe, making it possible for the leather to dry out and crack (this holds true for your handbags and totes as well). Boxes will keep dust off your shoes, bugs out of the fabric and leather, and easily enable you to identify each pair when it’s time to switch back again (either via the label on the outside or through the clear plastic). You may want to place a sachet into each box as well. Choose lavender, lemongrass, or another favorite to help minimize any odors and make you smile even wider as you welcome your footwear friends back next season. Lastly, if you opt for shoe racks instead of boxes, which many do, consider shoe or boot shapers to help ensure each pair maintains their shape during the months of shoe hibernation.
If you find yourself wondering how to store your winter shoes and still have closet space to feature your go-to spring and summer sandals and mules look no future than Cobbler Closet. Cobbler Closet offers the perfect seasonal shoe storage program for any shoe addict plagued by a limited closet size. Cobbler Closet stores shoes starting at $5/pair and offer huge discounts on any repairs while your shoes are housed in our facility. Better yet? After your 10th pair, we’ll store your shoes for FREE! Click here to request more information!
Proper care, maintenance, and storage of your shoes will prolong the life of each pair. You’re not the type to just ‘buy’ shoes; you invest in your collection. Rely on Cobbler Concierge to help you get the most of that investment.
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