Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Do You Use Your Shoeboxes?

I almost always throw out a shoesbox when I get home from from shopping. If a pair of shoes comes with a travel bag I will keep them in that or lined-up in my closet.

I’m not big into the “Eco-this/that” but since we’re all trying to be more “green” shoeboxes might be an area to consider. I certainly don’t mind taking my shoes home in a bag (paper of course!).

My guess is that since women usually have more shoes than men they keep the boxes to make storage easier.

Men , I bet, throw out the boxes(or keep baseball cards in them) or buy more elaborate storage if they’re really into their shoes.

I dont know why I think this is interesting but since we have a more even mix of men and women readers than most blogs or magazines we can get a more varied response to this type of question.


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  1. Lynne

    June 30, 2008 at 10:29 am

    i do not!i like looking at my shoes – especially the really prety ones i never wear here in taos.

  2. Po Li Loo

    June 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I usually keep my shoes out of boxes in a closet but keep a couple handy in case I need them for storage purposes. I recycle the boxes I don’t use. But then again, I don’t think I have that many shoes to begin with!

    From Iowa City, Iowa.

  3. Anonymous

    July 1, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    For a sneaker or flop? Never. For a good shoe? Always. Storage and space is tough in NYC and keeping them in their boxes works best for me… that is until of course, I need the pair on the bottom and the tower of boxes comes crashing down.

  4. Anonymous

    July 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm


    keep them! of course!! the only CHANCE to keep things organized and storable!

  5. {this is glamorous}

    July 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I do keep the boxes to store my “overflow” shoes, with polaroids of each pair on the outside for easy identification. My favourite shoes, however, are displayed on a large, open shelving unit in the hallway.

  6. Annarita

    August 8, 2008 at 6:25 am

    I use some of the shoeboxes for jewellery (bracelets, necklaces and so on) and I toss the other.

  7. Annarita

    August 8, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I use some of the shoeboxes for jewellery (bracelets, necklaces and so on) and I toss the other.

  8. J

    September 10, 2008 at 7:41 am

    i toss them. i have a cabinet for my shoes because i usually forget about the shoes when they are inside boxes where i cannot see them.

  9. Andrew

    April 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I think part of the charm in buying shoes is the packaging. I keep all of my boxes. I love the look and design of certain boxes. Overall though I keep them for better organization and identification.

  10. Soul Brother No. 7

    May 19, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Too many comments to know if any sneakerheads have spoken up.

    You ever meet one, you’ll understand that keeping the boxes for your shoes are just about a must. Even more so when you wear a large size like US 15 as I do. I’ve always liked shoes but I started keeping them in the boxes in 2002 out of necessity, as it’s the only way to keep things neat, since not everyone can afford to build a shoe closet like some guy on MTV Cribs.

    In recent times, as I’ve started to buy more shoes from Ross and Nordstrom Rack (don’t sleep on either store), boxless shoes are beginning to accumulate. In order to box those for storage, my only option is to give away shoes that have seen better days and fallen into disuse. Hard task when the boxes preserve them so well and I rotate every single day.

    For the record, readers, I have plenty of non-sneakers too.

  11. Paste

    October 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I recycle them. i believe if we recycle all of our paper, we do not have to cut down the trees.

  12. joyphiltre

    May 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    For me, the absolute best solution is a couple of space-saving vertical fabric shoe cubbies hanging in the closet. Each has about ten slots. My everyday shoes of the season go in there to be grabbed quickly; nice/out of season/rarely worn ones stay in their boxes, and the one or two most recent purchases will be "on display" to be admired and worn in the here and now.

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