Whilst it may be obvious that your shoes can become damaged whilst on your feet, many people don't consider the damage that can come to them in the safety of your own home.
The best place to store your shoes is in a shoe box, which can be purchased online if you haven’t got one for them! Then store the boxed shoes in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. In order to preserve your shoes and prevent them from becoming misshapen during storage, make sure to keep shaped tissue paper in the toes if you have some handy. Alternatively you can shop around for some shoe trees which work as 24/7 feet, specifically designed to keep the shape all along the shoe and also prevent odor build up.
Shoe trees are especially important for closed leather shoes, as they can absorb the moisture from your feet throughout the day, and this can cause them to dry out in unusual positions if they are left without support, which can lead to misshaping and cracking of the leather.
If you have several pairs of shoes you want to keep correctly shaped, it may seem daunting that you’ll need to invest in a shoe tree for each one. One key thing to remember is that a shoe tree is a whole lot cheaper than another pair of shoes, and while it can be useful to have one for each pair, you don’t necessarily need to. Just remember to keep swapping your shoe trees around throughout the week so no shoe feels neglected.
When shopping around for shoe trees, keep in mind that they are not all created equally, whilst it can be tempting to go for the cheaper option, remember to read up on the reviews for each one to make sure you're getting good shape and quality for your money.
If you do keep your shoes stored in their boxes, don’t forget to check on them regularly, this can be a common setback many shoe connoisseurs face when they go to retrieve a very special pair they haven't used in months, only to find there has been a storage problem or the shoe has deteriorated. The earlier you can catch a problem, the easier it is to solve!
If you prefer to keep your shoes out on display for the world to see, that's fine too. Be sure to keep them clean and dry, away from particularly humid rooms and out of direct sunlight. Shoes kept out can also be coated with a protection spray to protect them from the odd splash of water, dirt or dust creeping into the material.