Shoes can be expensive and, as they go on and off the shoe store shelves so quickly, they can be difficult to replace. Taking a little extra time to pack them properly will likely save you all the hassle of having to replace shoes that were perfectly good in the first place.
When packing your shoes, you'll need a few supplies. They are:
- Medium-sized box
- Stack of packing paper
- Roll of packing tape
- Permanent marker
How to pack shoes
If you just throw all of your shoes into a box, there's a good chance they'll get damaged. If they stay in storage for a while, they can even get moldy (especially leather shoes, as they absorb moisture).
The best way to keep your shoes safe is to pack them in shoeboxes, preferably the ones they came in. If they're in shoeboxes, they'll be less likely to get crushed, and they'll be less exposed to moisture. Just pack the shoeboxes together inside of a medium-sized moving box (or boxes) and they'll be ready to go.
Chances are, though, you don't have every single box for every single pair of shoes you and your family own. In this case, you'll have to do a little extra work. Use the packing paper to wrap your shoes together. Take one shoe, lay it down on the corner of the paper, and roll it about halfway. Then, place the second shoe opposite of the first and continue rolling. Take the bundle of shoes and lay it on its side in the bottom of the box. Repeat the process with all your shoes, starting with the heaviest shoes and working your way to the lightest (lighter shoes could get crushed if placed under the heavier ones).
TIP: To give your shoes some extra support, you can stuff tissue paper (or socks) into them.
Once all your shoes are packed, tape the box closed, label it with its contents and destination in your new home (e.g., shoes: bedroom), and it's ready to go.