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5 Top Tips for Optimum Shoe Cupboard Organisation

You know you are a certified shoe lover if you think there is always room for one more pair.  The challenge is where to put them!

If your shoe cupboard is bursting at the seams, it’s worth taking some time to do a spring clean and get organised in time for the next season. In our minds, when it comes to footwear, it is absolutely worth investing in quality, durable designs that deliver on comfort. So, storing your shoes in a way that keeps them looking new year after year AND fits your busy lifestyle is a win / win to us!

We’ve compiled our five top tips on how to optimise your shoe storage.

     1. Categorise.

Firstly, separate shoes by season. It’s likely that a third of your shoes will stored for 6 months (boots vs sandals).

Then, separate those shoes you’ll be wearing now into categories that work best for you. You might find it easiest to style your outfits in the morning by categorising into silhouettes, such as boots, pumps, sandals, sneakers, etcetera. Or, you might have a ‘top five favourites’, or ‘daytime, evening and exercise’ section.

Whatever you go for, having a plan to stick to will help you reach for what you want more easily, and your favourites won’t get lost when getting ready in a rush.

    2. Give them space.

Don’t store shoes on top of one another – it can be easy to do as a quick space-saving idea, but can cause scratches, crushing and warping – not ideal! Look for storage options that enable each pair to be separated from one another, whether that’s a tiered rack system, individual shoes in their boxes (if you have the space), or even re-purposing a bookcase for shoes.

     3. Consider your storage locations.

For shoes you wear most often, open storage that lets damp leather or fabric breathe will keep shoes fresh, without letting dust settle for too long. A wire shoe rack is a good solution as it provides airflow and, being visible will encourage you to keep it tidier. Keep these shoes in a convenient location – this way it is more likely to be used.

For pairs that won’t be used this season, find a space that’s easy enough to get to but not in the immediate vicinity, and pop them in a Mikko Shoe bag or source clear shoes boxes for extra protection before you stow them away. (For more tips on storing seasonal shoes, check out our more in-depth blog post).

    4. Store your boots upright.

When they’re standing upright and looking their best, you’ll be more likely to reach for your beautiful boots when getting ready, as you’ll be reminded about how great they look on. They’ll also take up less space in the wardrobe this way. Boot stuffers are ideal for keeping kinks out of the leather while not in use.

     5. Before you store, clean.

This means wiping away any surface dirt or mud that has accumulated over the day, before it gets a chance to settle in and stain or damage the leather or fabric. For optimal condition, give them a quick once-over with a polish or protector spray. This will help your shoes to last longer, and next time you reach for them, they’ll be looking as good as new, and ready to go!

Sticking to a considered organisation routine may add a couple of extra minutes to your day, but will help you keep your quality Mikko shoes supple and gorgeous, year after year. Quality shoes are precious and worth the extra care. Plus, having an organised storage solution can actually save you time (and money) in the long run!

Happy organising!

Michaela and the team at Mikko.

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How to store your footwear

Shoe care tips for the winter season ahead

With the drop in temperature, many of us will be reaching for our pre-stored winter wardrobes, whilst gradually packing away our open toe styles.

Each brand stocked at Mikko is designed to last the test of time. However, like all things worth cherishing, quality footwear performs best when given the love it deserves. We think it’s important to look after your favourite shoes to ensure they can be enjoyed for seasons to come.

With this in mind, we’ve collated our top tips for bringing life back to winter footwear that may have been in storage, and likewise, how to best hibernate your summer shoes to ensure that come sunshine, they’ll be looking as good as new.

Summer shoe storage:

Firstly, ensure your summer shoes are clean and dry to avoid moulding over time – natural products, such as leather, are particularly prone to this issue.

By giving your shoes a good clean before they’re stored, they will also be much less likely to be affected by mould. We have a number of high quality cleaning and conditioning products such as leather lotion and delicate gel should you be needing them.

Following that, it is ideal to store your footwear in fabric bags to minimise the dust during storage. A number of our brands, such as Arche provide these with each pair purchased. We also have calico bags , which are made in-house here at Mikko, available to purchase here, or provided free with online orders. (Tip – they’re also perfect for travel!).

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If you have the room to store shoeboxes, this ensures there is no scuffing from rubbing against other shoes. At Mikko there are always plenty going spare and we love to recycle! If you need a top up during the change of season arrangements, feel free to pop in to any of our stores for a few boxes free of charge!

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Once your shoes are all packaged up, it’s best to store them in a dry place, away from a direct light source (whether natural or artificial) to avoid fading.

Winter footwear sprucing:

As for your winter gems, now is the ideal time to protect them from the elements ahead. Give them a dust off and buff to get them ready to wear. Our top tip is that at the beginning of the winter season, all suede and leather should be waterproof sprayed (aside from patent). This will provide the protection they’ll need for the rainy season ahead.

For those long winter boots, make a habit of slipping in some boot fillers each time you take them off to keep their shape throughout the season. We often have a number of great foam fillers on hand in our stores, also available free of charge.

Mikko shoes truly are precious and we want you to enjoy your high quality and beautifully designed shoes for years to come.

Winter, we’re ready for you!   Get inspired by our latest AW19 catalogue.  See you in store soon.

Michaela and the team at Mikko.

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