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Shoe Care Tips for Shoe Hoarders

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When the time comes to cleaning out the old wardrobe, it’s never easy to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. This is especially the case with shoes as they will always fit no matter how much weight you gain or lose, notes the editor of “Personal Stylist and Closet”, Alison Lukes Teer.

Besides that, some shoes hold sentimental value; maybe they were the shoes you were wearing when you had your first kiss, the ones you wore at graduation or the shoes that were given to you by a dear relative before they passed on, not to mention those that cost twice as much as your whole outfit. Still, they have to go someday, don’t they?

According to, “Marie Kondo”, author of the bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, in order to clean out our closets, we need to answer the following questions for every item:

  • Do I love this?
  • Do I regularly wear this?
  • Does this item spark joy?
If you …

…answered “no” to the questions above, yet still kept the shoes…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

Are You A Shoe Hoarder?

Most women own about 40 pairs of shoes where men may only have around 15, claims a closet consultant at “The Container Store” in Clarendon.

If you…

…own any more than that…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…have an embarrassing amount of outdated old shoes that you would never wear in public…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…had a garage sale that didn’t include shoes…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…still have a pair of shoes you bought in the 8th grade…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…borrowed your best friend your Nikes and called her an hour later to see if she was done with them…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…took a photo 14 years ago and you still own the shoes you were wearing…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…have multiple pairs of shoes that don’t even fit you…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…caught the heel of one of your Jimmy Choo Love Glitter Pumps in a vent and stopped traffic for several hours while trying to get it out…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…lost a pair of your Gucci Zephyra Jewel Sandals and put up missing posters all over…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…bought your mom a pair of Christian Louboutin Follies Jeweled Pumps just so she wouldn’t borrow yours…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…were caught playing in a McDonald’s jungle gym with your shoes on…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…have over $12,000 in shoe repair receipts…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…had to move into a bigger apartment to accommodate your shoes…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…got a call saying your husband was missing with your shoes and you offered a reward for the shoes…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…blew out the candles on your birthday cake and wished for more shoes…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…were dancing barefoot in the rain while your shoes were in a corner under an umbrella…

…you might be a shoe hoarder.

If you…

…were offered a million dollars for your shoes last year and are still wearing the same shoes today…

…you might have gotten the money and bought another pair along with many more shoes. hehe hehe

Tips to Store Shoes for Long Periods

If you…

…are a shoe hoarder…

…then you might find the following tips helpful since with proper storage, your shoes may last many seasons.

  • Before Storing Make Sure Your Shoes are Dirt, Dust, and Moisture-Free to Avoid Odor and keep the material from degrading.
  • To clean suede or leather shoes, use a non-scratchy soft brush to remove dust and dirt, then remove stains with a suede or leather cleaner.
  • To clean canvas or other cloth shoes just brush off dirt with a cloth or brush then remove stains with soapy water.
  • To clean shoes made of plastic or other hard substance, wash with soapy water after brushing off dirt.
  • After washing place shoes in a ventilated area and allow them to dry overnight before storing. Charcoal packets can be used to absorb both moisture and odor.
  •  To help keep their shape, stuff your shoes and boots with acid and print-free paper as acid can damage the material and print can rub off. This will also prevent permanent crease lines on your boots, which comes from the tops staying bent over too long. Or, you can purchase shoe trees or boot stands.

The above are just a few shoe care tips you can implement to ensure your shoes stay in tip-top condition for as long as you need them to, or at least until you can bring yourself to give them up.

So what do you think? Do you have any tips or best practices that I forgot to mention? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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