How to Store Sneakers Long Term

Hey, everyone. It’s been a while since I wrote about sneakers on the blog, and now I’m excited to discuss how to store sneakers long term. As some of you know, both my sons are kind of sneakerheads. In fact, their collection is getting so large we had to fix extra storage units in the garage to keep them all in.

How to Store Sneakers Long Term

Anyway, as much as I love sneakers, there’s one thing that really bugs me about them: storage damage. Over time, exposure to dust, sunlight, and moisture can cause sneakers to yellow, fade, and develop mold.

In this article, we will discuss how to store sneakers long term to prevent any damage from occurring. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Air Out Sneakers Before Storing Them

Before you put your sneakers away for the season, make sure to air them out first. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a nasty surprise when you open your storage box or bag next spring.

Sneakers can develop all sorts of unpleasant odors, from sweaty feet to wet socks. And if they’re confined to a small space, those odors can start to build up.

So before you tuck your sneakers away, give them a good airing out. You’ll thank yourself when you take them out of storage next spring and don’t get hit with a wave of stinky sneaker smell.

Put Shoe Trees in Your Sneakers

We all know the feeling of slipping on a brand-new pair of sneakers and enjoying that perfect fit. But over time, even if shoes are well-made, over time they can start to lose their shape and become too big.

One way to help your sneakers keep their shape is to insert shoe trees. Shoe trees are typically made of wood or plastic and they help to fill out the toe box, preventing the fabric from creasing or folding over.

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They also absorb moisture, which can prevent the inside of your shoes from becoming damp and smelly. So next time you buy a new pair of sneakers, be sure to pick up a couple of shoe trees as well. Your feet will thank you!

Put Sneakers in Plastic Ziplock Bags

Plastic ziplock bags are actually a great sneaker storage solution. It’s a better alternative than storing them in cardboard boxes, naked in shoe racks, or in their original boxes. Plastic ziplock bags provide an extra layer of protection against the elements by sealing out dust and moisture. They also prevent sneaker colors from bleeding or transferring onto other surfaces. When stored in a cool, dark place, sneakers in ziplock bags will stay fresh and like new for years to come.

It’s important to store shoes in big enough bags. Ziplock bags come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the right size for your needs. For example, if you’re storing a pair of low-top shoes, a gallon-sized bag should be sufficient. However, if you’re storing a pair of high-tops or basketball shoes, you’ll need a larger bag such as a 2-gallon or 5-gallon size.

Store Sneaker Collection in a Cool and Dry Place

Since you’re a sneakerhead you know that keeping your kicks in pristine condition is important. But did you know that where you store your sneakers can have a big impact on their longevity?

Ideally, you should store your sneakers in a cool, dry place. This will help to keep the material from degrading and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. If you live in a humid climate, consider using a dehumidifier to keep your sneaker collection in tip-top shape.

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And if you’re serious about your sneakers, you can even invest in a special sneaker storage system. Whatever method you choose, just make sure that your sneakers are properly protected from the elements.

Label Sneaker Bags With the Date You Stored Them

Most of us have a drawer, box, or closet full of shoes we never wear. They’re not our style anymore, they’re too uncomfortable, or we simply grew out of them. But we can’t seem to let go.

Maybe we just don’t have the time to go through them and sort them out. Or maybe we’re holding onto them for sentimental reasons. This is often true for sneakerheads.

Whatever the reason, those shoes are taking up valuable space in our homes. And one day, we’ll probably trip over them and curse their very existence.

sneaker long term storage

In addition to protecting your sneakers from storage damage, ziplock bags can also help you stay organized. Label each bag with the name of the sneaker, the date it was stored, and any other relevant information.

This will help you keep track of your collection and ensure that you rotate your shoes regularly to prevent them from becoming damaged from overexposure.

That way, you’ll know exactly how long they’ve been sitting there gathering dust. And when the time comes to finally get rid of them, you can do so with confidence knowing that you haven’t been holding onto them for years longer than you should have.

Rotate Sneakers Every Few Months

Just like a car, your sneakers need a tune-up every once in a while. And just like a car, if you neglect your sneakers, they will eventually break down – often in the most inconvenient of places. Rotating your sneakers regularly helps to prevent this by giving each pair a chance to air out and recover from the wear and tear of daily use.

Additionally, rotating your sneakers helps to evenly distribute the impact of your steps, which can prevent warping or creasing.

So next time you reach for that same old pair of shoes, think about giving them a break and try something new instead. Your feet (and your shoes) will thank you for it.

Consider Buying Shoe Storage Units

Now you should be all set when it comes to preserving your sneakers long-term. But instead of just storing sneakers in i big pile in the closet, you might want to find a shoe organizer unit you can put your sneaker collection in.

If you’re a true sneakerhead, chances are you have more than a few pairs of shoes. In fact, you probably have too many to count.

shoe storage units

One way to keep your sneakers safe is to invest in some quality storage units. Shoe storage units come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can choose the perfect one for your needs. You’ll find some great articles, lists, shoe storage ideas and reviews here: Shoe Organizers.

For example, if you’re short on space, you might opt for a wall-mounted unit that can hold several pairs of shoes. Or if you have a large collection, you might need a freestanding unit with multiple shelves.

Whichever type of unit you choose, make sure it’s made from durable materials that can withstand the weight of your shoes.

To Sum Up

Now that you know the proper way to store your sneakers, go forth and multiply your sneaker collection! Just kidding, but seriously – following these tips will help ensure that your Air Jordans are in pristine condition for years to come. And if you ever forget how long you’ve had a pair stored away, just check the date on the label. Happy shopping from us at Footweardrobe!

Patricia Merken

Interior design blogger

Neat freak and shoe lover. American expat in Switzerland.
Blogger and mom. Blogs at Footweardrobe.