A woman can never have too many shoes. For some, it’s unnecessary storage, but for most it’s a compulsive buy. And it’s not a girl’s fault always, as you do need different pairs of shoes to team up with different outfits and occasions such as dress shoes, work shoes, flats, sandals, winter boots, sneakers, or running shoes. And when you own more than a dozen pairs, it is important to store them well. That’s when a good shoe closet comes handy.
We met some shoe lovers in the city who tell us how they maintain their shoes, and also give us a peep into their shoe closet.
Payal Gupta, jewellery designer
Payal Gupta, 30, is completely obsessed with her shoes. "I’m a very organised person. I colour coordinate and keep my shoes. No matter how late I come from a party, I clean my shoes and put them in the right place in my closet," says the Jimmy Choo shoe lover. She prefers wearing Gucci and Feragamo for their comfort. "My shoe wardrobe is custom-made and imported from Singapore," says Payal. "You can’t keep your shoes with your clothes. You need a separate area for them. Hence, having a shoe closet is a compulsion, not a luxury," she says.
You should change the paper in you shoe closet every 3-4 months.
Never go for bad heels — it might lead to a neck and back problem.
Try to keep your expensive pair of shoes in a shoe box.
Make sure the closet is well categorised and that there is no space wastage.
Poonam Bajaj, fashion designer
Fashion designer Poonam Bajaj says that a shoe closet is a practical way to manage one’s shoe collection. Bajaj, 30, who only stores her expensive shoes in her closet, says, "I love picking shoes from Charles and Kieth, shoe garage in Shahpur Jat." Comfort comes over style for her. "I recently bought my wooden shoe closet that cost me around R50,000. I searched on the net and got it customised as per my requirements," says Gupta.
Make sure your closet is cleaned everyday.
It’s better to have a covered closet than an open shoe rack as it prevents the settling of dust and dirt on your shoes.
Use a room spray to keep your closet fresh and free from bad odour.
It is advisable to have glass doors on your closet so that you can see your shoes easily.
Manjaree Jindal, fashion stylist
Fashion stylist Manjaree Jindal says, "Love your shoes, as Cinderella discovered, the right pair of shoes can change your life." The 30-year-old, got her shoe closet designed and custom-made from furniture designer Mickey Gurmokh, whom she met in Jaipur. "I asked him to design my closet, which cost me R25,000," says, Jindal. According to her, "Dust is shoe blight! Always protect your shoes from dust while storing as it can damage them". Jindal, who feels on top of the world trotting about in her stylish pairs, says, "I can be wearing anything at all, it could be the most dull outfit, but as soon as I put on the right pair of shoes, it lifts up my look. There isn’t one pair of heels in my closet that doesn’t work that magic."
Use shoe bags, they work pretty well and if you don’t have a shoe closet, you can also store them away in little shoe boxes.
Always clean your shoes after wearing them. Depending on where you’ve been you must clean your shoes, especially the heels before you store them away.
Use anti-stain sprays for satin/cloth court shoes as it prolongs the life of your shoes. Use either leather conditioner or nubuk sprays on your leather shoes to keep them supple for years to come.