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To some, shoes are a treasured possession -- and occasionally a collection -- but even if you don't have a personal love for shoes, it's especially easy to damage footwear during a move. For example, leather or suede can become moldy or mildewed if they get wet during transit, and shoes may become crushed or scuffed if packed improperly.

To avoid such damage (especially if your belongings will be in storage), follow the steps below, keeping in mind to pack your shoes with care and precision.

Supplies

Most likely you will already have packing supplies (preferably free packing materials) for your upcoming move on hand, which you can also use to properly pack your shoes.

For this project you will need:
  • Packing paper
  • The original shoe boxes (if they are still on hand)
  • Small to medium sized moving boxes
  • Packing tape
  • A permanent marker

The packing process

Once you have all your supplies ready, it's time to get packing!
  • Stuff your shoes. Shove packing paper into all the crevices of your shoes so they retain their shape in transit. Avoid using newspaper as the ink may transfer. Fill boots up to the opening to keep them from being crushed during your move.
  • Wrap them. After your shoes are all stuffed with paper to keep their shape, wrap the exterior in more packing paper to protect them from damage. Once you have wrapped the first shoe around one time, add the other shoe next to it and wrap them together. Take care to not do this too tightly as a tight wrap could also damage shoes.
  • Pack them. Shoes travel best on their own in their original boxes, but if you have already gotten rid of the original packaging, it's okay to pack individual pairs in small boxes. Several shoes in a medium-sized box is also acceptable. Keep similar shoes together to utilize space and place heavier wrapped shoes on the bottom.
  • Box them up. If you have separated your pairs of shoes into small boxes, you are ready to move them into a larger box to make moving them easier. Place heavier boxes on the bottom of this box and lighter ones on the top.
  • Seal and label. Once you have properly packed your shoes, seal the box with packing tape and label it clearly on the top and at least two sides with a description of the contents and the location in your new home it should be moved to. Also be sure to add this box to your moving inventory.
  • Load them. To save your shoes from damage during transit, load them into the truck near the ceiling, on top of heavier objects and furniture.

TIP: To save money on your move and room in your moving boxes, stuff your shoes with your socks so they hold their shape. You were going to need to move them to your new home anyway.

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Still worried about your shoes? Hire professional movers to take care of the wrapping, packing, loading, moving and unloading of your shoe collection for you. Fill out this fast and free quote form to find movers in your area, and don't forget to review the company after the job is done to let others know how they did.

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on August 8, 2014

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