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How to Pack Shoes When Moving

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

16th Aug 2018 (Last updated on 4th Jan 2021) 7 minute read

When it comes to packing for your house removals, there’s a great deal to think of. A task you shouldn’t undermine is packing your shoes. By taking some time to carefully pack your shoes, you’ll prevent them from losing shape and damaging your other shoes during the journey.

It can be easy to fall in to a routine of trying to quickly pack up your belongings as you want to get it out of the way, but this will only hinder your unpacking process when the time comes. 

Packing shoes for moving house doesn’t have to be difficult, or does it have to cost the Earth. You’re more than likely to already have all of the necessary packing materials hidden around your house. Alternatively, friends and family or your local supermarket will be more than happy to recycle their cardboard boxes on to you. 

We’ve created the ultimate step by step guide on how to pack your shoes for moving house, including the best packing method to use and the materials that don't cost a thing.

How to Pack Shoes
  1. 1. Declutter
  2. 2. Clean Shoes
  3. 3. Have Packing Material Ready
  4. 4. Wrap in Tissue
  5. 5. Use Shoe Boxes
  6. 6. Label Box
  7. Step by Step Guide for Packing Shoes
  8. Tips for Packing Shoes
  9. Save Time and Money on Your Home Removal

1. Declutter

Most people will have a collection of shoes and will only ever wear the same few pairs. You should take some time to sort through your shoes and decide which pairs are coming with you to your new house, and which will go to a charity shop or eBay. By decluttering your shoes, it'll make the process of packing a lot easier for you. 

If you have a pair that's in good condition but you never wear, take them to a charity shop or consider selling them on a site like eBay. If the shoes are very worn and damaged, you should either try to fix them if doable, or recycle them. Decluttering your shoes before moving house will also help to save on the your house removal costs as you’ll be taking fewer items with you. Don't forget to keep 1 or 2 pairs of shoes out for the remaining days before and the day of the move. 

2. Clean Shoes

Once you’ve decided which shoes will make the cut, you should clean them before packing them away, as you don’t want dirt coming off an old pair of shoes on to a pair of new ones. The shoes must be dry before being wrapped as they’ll only end up tearing the tissue paper and make the box even heavier. 

If you don’t ensure your shoes are thoroughly air dried before packing for moving, then the moisture could lead to mould forming on your shoes, especially if they'll be going straight in to storage. If you're using second hand tissue wrapping paper, make sure there's no grease or dirt on there that could transfer on to your shoes during the move. 

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3. Have Packing Material Ready

Make sure you have enough packing materials ready before you start packing. Don’t underestimate how much material you’ll need, it’ll be better to have too much than not enough. Most of these packing materials you, your friends or family will more than likely already have lying around the house. 

Alternatively, there's plenty of places that will be more than happy to give away their cardboard boxes for free, such as local supermarkets and cafes.

You will need:

  • Packing boxes
  • Original shoe box
  • Tissue paper
  • Brown tape
  • Tape dispenser
  • Labels
  • Permanent marker

To save an extra 10% on packing boxes, use code CMM10 when you buy moving boxes. 

4. Wrap in Tissue

Wrapping each shoe in tissue or wrapping paper is important in avoiding damage to your shoes and the best way to pack shoes when moving. Place a sheet of paper on the floor and simply place one shoe in the corner and fold until it's covered. Do the same with the other shoe in the remaining half of the paper. Make sure you've secured the parcel with plenty of brown tape.

If you're using recycled sheets of paper to wrap around your shoes, make sure the paper is clean and free of stains and dirt as this will easily transfer onto your shoes. 

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5. Use Shoe Boxes

If you still have the shoe boxes that came with the pair of shoes, make sure you use them. Wrap each shoe in tissue paper and secure it with tape, then place the wrapped shoes back in its box. The original shoe boxes were designed to fit the exact shape of your shoes, which will mean less movement and damage to your shoes during the move. 

Once packed in to their original boxes, make sure you place the heaviest shoes into the bigger cardboard first, then load the lighter pairs on top. Fill any gaps and the top of the box with tissue and wrapping paper and then tape the box closed. If you don’t have the original shoe boxes, any cardboard box will do the job if you use the same wrapping technique.

6. Label Box

Once you’ve securely wrapped and packed your shoes, make sure you’ve correctly labelled the box with a colour or number and a list of the shoes that's in the cardboard box. Alternatively, use free labels for moving house and jot down the shoes you’re packing as they go in the box.

You should use colour coded labels, so all your cardboard boxes with shoes in will have a red label. This will make it easier for you and the removal company when it comes to loading the boxes onto the van and unloading in to specific rooms. 

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Step by Step Guide for Packing Shoes

Follow our quick and easy step by step instructions on how to correctly pack your shoes for moving house. This method is commonly known as the "burrito method".

How to pack shoes

Step 1 – Place one shoe in half of a sheet of wrapping or tissue paper and fold half way.

Step 2 – Place the other shoe in the remaining half of paper and neatly fold together.

Step 3 – Secure it with plenty of brown tape.

Step 4 – Place neatly in a cardboard box with the other wrapped shoes and shoe boxes.

Tips for Packing Shoes

Packing shoes for moving house doesn't have to be a difficult task. We've put together 8 top tips to follow for when you start packing your shoes for moving.

1. Stuff Your Shoes

Stuff each shoe with wrapping or tissue paper to prevent the shoe from losing its shape. Focus on mainly filling the feet and toe area of the shoe to maintain a proper shape. 

2. Use Socks

Not only will putting socks inside your shoes stop it from losing its shape, it'll also take up less space when it comes to packing your clothes. 

3. Keep the Shape

 If you have ankle or knee high boots, fill the whole shoe with paper or socks to stop re-shaping. If you're not bothered about ink potentially leaking on the inside of the boots, you could stuff them with rolled up magazines.

4. Don't Use Newspaper

Don't use sheets of newspaper to wrap around or stuff your shoes as there’s a high risk that the ink will run off and transfer on to your shoes. 

5. Avoid Plastic Bags

You shouldn't pack shoes in plastic bags as they're likely to rip and cause damage to your shoes. More importantly, don't wrap leather shoes in plastic bags as it'll trap moisture causing mould to grow.

6. "Burrito Method"

Wrap and pack your shoes using the "burrito method" as we demonstrated in the design above. Place one shoe in half of the tissue paper and fold, do the same with the other shoe using the remaining tissue paper and secure with tape. 

7. Alternate the Shoe

When using the "burrito method", alternate the way the shoe is facing in the tissue paper to save space when you're loading them into the cardboard box.

8. Pack Heaviest Shoes First

When loading the packed shoes in to the cardboard box, place the heaviest shoes in there first. By doing this, it will stop them from damaging your shoes that weigh less. 

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.