How To Pack Shoes For Moving


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by JonoF

October 25, 2020

putting a shoe in a box

It’s probably not surprising the one of the least considered items when packing for a move is shoes. Organising for moving day can be busy and stressful, and it’s easy to miss some of the important planning aspects of the move.

Like every other part of your move, it’s important to make sure you plan correctly when packing shoes, to not only be organised when you get to your new home, but also your shoes arrive safely in good condition without any damage.

This article aims to help you best plan and the best and most appropriate wats to pack your shoes. We broken down the article into different sections, to make it easy to follow and hopefully not miss any important planning.

Count Your Shoes & Assess Inventory

Many of use have many pairs of shoes. Also many of us find it hard to throw a good pair of shoes out, even if we haven’t worn them in a very long time. We recommend you get rid of ny pairs of shoes you don’t wear anymore, but more about that later.

It’s common that if you don’t count all your shoes now, you’ll find more under your bed, or in your back shed, meaning you won’t be as organised as you need to be when moving.

During this process you can also get an idea of what sort of packing material and how many boxes you are going to need. This is a good time to check if there are any pairs of shoes that are beyond repair.

Once you have decided how many pairs you are going to keep and pack, it’ time to move onto sorting.

Sort Your Shoes

Organising your shoes into type, style and amount of use, is going to save you a lot of time unpacking and getting organised at your new home. Like all of us, there are shoes that we wear all the time, and others that we only wear on occasion.

So it makes sense to sort and categorize them. For example, casual shoes should go in one category, sporting shoes, athletic shoes or sneakers into another, and dress shoes, high heels, specialty shoes, designer shoes, stiletto shoes into another.

Get Rid Of Shoes You Don’t Wear

Many of us like to keep shoes we don’t wear that often. They don’t take up much room, and we like to think we’ll wear them at some stage. However when your moving and packing shoes, you really want to reduce the amount of stuff your are going to move, and id that means reducing the size of your shoe collection, then so be it.

You don’t need to throw the unwanted shoes in your shoe collection in the trash. Many local charities will be happy to take any pairs of shoes you don’t want anymore.

Ensure All Pairs Of Shoes Are Clean and Dry

This might seem obvious, but it’s best to make sure all your shoes are clean and dry. This is an important part of preparing for the move. You also should take a little bit of time to do some preventative maintenance such as polishing leather shoes.

This will ensure your shoes are not damages during moving and or storage if there is a period of time where they are stored. You don’t want shoes to be become moldy or smelly.

If you do have shoes are particularly smelly, it’s worth taking some measures to reduce the smell before the move. Ways to do this include:

  • Using a odor remover you can purchase from the store
  • Put your shoes in the freezer. This sounds strange, but you can put your shoes in a plastic bag, and freeze them. This will kill all the odour causing bacteria.
  • Add some baking soda in the shoes. This will absorb smells over night
  • Adding lemon peel or other citrus peel will absorb smells.
  • Add a tea bag to the shoes when packing in the storage containers
  • Stuff your shoes with crumpled socks, paper towels, tissue paper, or bubble wrap. This will not only absorb smell, but will make sure the shoes don’t collapse when stacked, and reduce moisture, and potential mold from growing due to the moisture.

It’s important when considering how to pack shoes for moving, to use the right packing material for each different pairs of shoes. For example, flip flops probably don’t need to be packed at all as it’s unlikely they will be damaged during moving and packing.

More important pairs such as dress, work ot sporting shoes, care should taken to make sure they are packed correctly.

For those pairs that you really want to take care of, make sure they are stuffed with clean dry paper of crumpled socks, tissue paper, and then wrap them in clean packing paper, bubble wrap, or towels.

Quick Tip: Pack shoes on their sides. This will help keep their structure and less likely to be damaged, reduce scuff marks, and less damage during shoe packing and moving.

For really special shoes, you should then pack them individually in shoe boxes and put each shoe box into a storage box along with other pairs.

Other types of shoes that are not that important, tie the shoelaces together and pack them in the storage boxes.

When considering how to pack shoes for moving, you have a number of options when if comes to boxes and containers. The following are good options:

  • plastic storage boxes with lids – these are handy as they are very sturdy, and unlikely to get crumpled or crushed.
  • cardboard storage boxes – these are a good cheap option, but make sure you use quality packing tape
  • suitcases – these are good option if you have them spare. Be sure to not pack your sures with your clothes in the same suitcase.
  • General duffle bags – A good option if you have some spare, but be aware that these can crumply easily. It’s the best way to pack shoes in these are not that important of least likely to be damages along the way.

Pack Non Season Shoes First

One of things you’re going to want when you get to your new home, is be able to access the footwear you need quickly, the easiest. Therefore it’s best to use a packing solution, that if you pack out of season shoes, seasonal shoes or those that you will not need immediately, first.

You should also try to pack the heavier shoes first and on the bottom of storage boxes. This will not only make them easier to move, but will esure heavier items won’t crumple lighter items on the bottom. This is one of those tips for moving that is often missed. If you pack your shoes this way, it also makes it easier to unpack when you get to the destination.

Quick Tip: Make sure you use strong, good quality packing tape on the bottom of the boxes (if using cardboard boxes). The last thing you want is for the bottom of the box to break in transport. Also where you can, use the original shoeboxes

Also, don’t forget to keep aside the shoes for moving you will need for moving day. If the move is more than a few days, you might want to put aside a second pair of shoes for moving.

Consider Your New Home & Unpacking

You should also consider of you are going to unpack your shoes on arrival, ot keep them in the storage boxed until you get around to unpacking. This makes it even more important to pack your out of season or least worn shoes first, and on the bottom of storage boxes.

Make sure your shoes and footwear that you need often are easy to access, or in shoes boxes you can get to easily.

While it might seem trivial to consider how to pack shoes and footwear for moving, and may be a last minute consideration, like every other aspect of moving, if you take some time to plan, it will make the process much less stressful, and can also save you money.

Choose The Right Mover

Last, but certainly not least, is to choose the right mover. There are so many options and companies available throughout the USA, it’s important to check reviews, talk to them over the phone, and find the best moving company for your particular situation.

For more lacking tips for your upcoming move, checkout some of our other articles.

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