In customer service, we often get asked, “What’s the best way to store my Hubbards when I’m not wearing them?” Here are our top tips for keeping your shoes in excellent shape!
1. Avoid Placing Your Shoes on the Floor
While it’s tempting to kick off your shoes in the entryway as soon as you get home from a long day at work, try to keep your shoes off the floor. Shoes that are left on the floor are prone to collecting more dirt, dust and can even be a tripping hazard.
A better solution for storing your shoes in the entryway is this stylish bench with cubbies from Pottery Barn. Not only will your shoes have their own designated place, but it’ll make putting your shoes on and off a whole lot easier with the supportive bench!
Pottery Barn, Samantha Bench, Mahogany Stain, $399 (on sale for $279)
2. Store in a Cool, Dark Place
When you’re not wearing your Hubbards, avoid placing them in direct sunlight. This will help prevent fading and give the shoes a chance to cool off from your warm feet!
Closets are the perfect option for storing your shoes since they often are the darkest, coolest place in the house. To maximize your closet space and keep your shoes organized, try this sleek 2-shelf shoe stacker or these stylish drop-front shoe boxes from The Container Store.
The Container Store, 2-Shelf Shoe Stacker, White, $17.99 (on sale $13.49)
The Container Store, Grey Drop-Front Shoe Box, $14.99
3. Sort into Categories
There’s nothing worse than when you can’t find that pair of shoes you want to wear! To avoid this, try sorting your shoes by category and color. For instance, all of your work shoes could be arranged underneath your work clothes in your closet. And all of the casual shoes could be in the entryway or on the other side of your closet.
If you have lots of pairs of work and casual shoes, organize them by color too so you can easily find the pair of shoes you want. This will save you time and stress when getting ready for work in the morning or packing for a trip!
From Left to Right: 24 Seven Boots in Black Leather, Market Cap Oxfords in Whiskey Leather, Ivy Legend Penny Loafers in Cordovan, Founder Oxfords in Black Leather
4. Use Cedar Shoe Trees
A great way to extend the life of your shoes is to insert cedar shoe trees into them. Not only will these help maintain the shape of your shoes, but they also help to absorb odor, moisture and protect against moths. Save yourself some trouble and get these because no one wants to slip into a pair of shoes and discover there is a moth inside!
The Container Store, Cedar Shoe Tree, $19.99
5. Store Boots Upright
It’s important to store your boots in the upright position. This will help maintain their shape and allow for more room to store other shoes. Boots, especially taller ones, tend to fold over and take up more space. They can also get smushed between other shoes, causing them to lose shape.
For taller boots, try one of these boot shapers from The Container Store.
The Container Store, Women’s Boot Shapers, $9.99