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Equipment / Tools
- Packing tape
- Medium heavy-duty boxes or bins
- Newspaper and paper towels
- Hanging shoe organizer
- Bubble wrap
- Shoe boxes (optional)
How to Pack Shoes for Moving
Pack Your Bulky Shoes
Grab a heavy-duty medium-sized box or plastic bin. Line the bottom of it with your bulky shoes, standing them upright in pairs. If any of your bulky shoes are prone to being crushed, stuff them with newspaper or paper towels before continuing. Use the bottom of as many medium-sized boxes as you need—it’s much better to have multiple smaller, moveable boxes than one or two impossibly-heavy boxes that are practically bursting at the seams.
Pack Your Everyday Shoes
Next, reach for that hanging shoe organizer and place it on the backside of a door. Fill each of its pockets with your everyday, non-bulky, non-delicate shoes. Place one shoe in each pocket, and keep pairs next to each other. Once the organizer has been filled, carefully remove it from the door, and fold it over itself two to three times. Place the folded-up shoe organizer into one of your heavy-duty medium-sized bins, on top of the bulky shoes.
Pack Your Delicate Shoes
There’s one more step left in your shoe-packing process, and it’s the one you should give the most care to: packing shoes that are fragile, expensive, or prone to scuffing. If you have the original shoe boxes for any of these shoes, pack pairs in those first, and then place them in a bulky-shoe-lined box (but not the one with the hanging shoe organizer). The remaining pairs should be separately wrapped in bubble wrap, keeping individual shoes apart. Place the bubble-wrapped shoes inside the bulky shoe boxes.
Once your shoes have been packed away, seal your boxes with a few layers of packing tape and label them. Take care when moving them so as not to disturb their layout. Once they arrive in their new home, unpack them as soon as you can so that they don’t become crushed or disfigured over time.
More Tips for Packing Shoes
- Short on moving boxes and bins? Use your hard-shell suitcases. Hard-shell suitcases can be a great place to keep everyday or delicate shoes when moving. But keep bulky shoes away, as suitcases are probably too small for more than one or two pairs so they aren’t an efficient use of space.
- If your move will take a while, or your items will need to sit in storage for a week or two, make sure you don’t pack all your shoes away. Instead, keep a couple of useful pairs with you in a suitcase or box you’ll have easy access to throughout the move.
- Don’t pack your shoes in the same box as your clothes, towels, or other linens. Shoe odors can leech into fabric over time, even if your shoes don’t seem that smelly at the time of packing.