How to Pack Shoes

You may be tempted to toss all of your shoes into the bottom of a box when packing for an upcoming move. This not only puts them at risk for physical damage, but also makes it that much more difficult to unpack when you arrive at your destination.



If you have shoe boxes, pack the shoes in the boxes, otherwise some packing paper will protect the shoes from scuffing and other damage. It is a good idea to let shoes air out for a couple of days after wearing before packing them.

  1. For shoes in shoe boxes, wrap each shoe in a half piece of packing paper to protect from rubbing or scuffing.

  2. Line a box with crumpled paper. Put boxes and shoes in the box.

  3. Shoes without boxes can be wrapped as a pair in a single piece of packing paper.

  4. Fill in gaps with crumpled paper. Close the box and secure with packing tape.

  5. Label the box.

Things to note when packing your shoes for a move.

Footwear May Contain Moisture

There is a chance that your shoes could mold during moving and storage if they aren’t properly prepped and packed. Be sure to air out leather athletic and work shoes prior to packing so that they are free of moisture when you place them in the box. As an extra measure of security, you may want to powder the insides to ensure all moisture is drawn out of the leather and fabric.

Protect Your Dress Shoes’ Finish

It is recommended that you wrap shoes in tissue paper and place them in the original shoeboxes to prevent damage from contact with other shoes. This will protect patent finishes and ornaments from accidental damage during transit. If you’d like to avoid wrapping and boxing shoes in pairs, you can also place them in a closet door shoe hanger. Folded carefully, this innovative storage solution can keep your shoes organized and firmly in place during your move.

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