Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Do you keep the boxes?




Seriously... with, like, malaria and poverty and racism and gun-crazy assholes running around, you'd think I had bigger things to worry about, but here's my concern of the day:

Do you keep your shoe boxes?

I used to work in the shoe business, and my boss - a guy with a sick collection of Prada and the like - was a box-keeper through and through. I am presently a box-keeper, too. I like the glossy feel of the YSL box, opening it to reveal my Tributes (which I can't seem to wear to work because while they look very glam on net-a-porter models, they make me look like a wobbly hooker). I love handling the oragami-like and brilliantly engineered Te Casan boxes (while lamenting the end of that innovative label). And I am grateful for the metal gromment on Kors boxes, which makes it easy to pull those shoes from the stack. But I am about to overhaul my office/closet and am considering ditching all the boxes in favor of just shelving them. But seriously... dust. I mean, let's be honest. As often as a girl wears glitter Loutoutins (read: only for one Christmas party a year, at best) shouldn't I keep them boxed? Putting them out on open shelves seems a little too Mariah Carey, right? A little above my pay grade?

How do you store your shoes, shoe whores?

49 comments:

Emily said...

I'm a box keeper. Unless I've pilfered the box for use elsewhere, that is.

niche said...

I had this debate with myself in the past. Having thought about this long and hard, I realized that most celebrity (and fashion insiders) closets I have looked at have shoe closets that appear open but are actually behind glass cabinets or wardrobes. So essentially decreasing the amount of dust exposure. The only (semi) famous person I can think of with a good sized shoe collection that is truly open air is Jenna Lyon from J Crew.

Stick with the boxes or build custom cabinets. If you had cheap shoes, I would have said who cares.

rebecca said...

I keep only plain white boxes and buy more for the rest of the shoes. My "closet" is open shelving in my bathroom, so I go for blank and uniform.

Of course, if you go for open display, you maybe could get a feature in the NYT lamenting the dusting protocol required of your closet.

p.s. you would think a link called wobbly hooker would be enough of a warning, but I was not at all prepared.

mamacita said...

The shoe whore in my life favors shoe trees and those little chamois sacks. I am too slovenly for such as that.

hunkate said...

no i don't keep the boxes. cause they're mostly from payless :(
money for travel does not equal money for shoes in my life right now, unfortunately.

Colleen said...

I keep the boxes. Recently though, I have been replacing the more beat up boxes with the plastic ones from the Container Store. I like that I can see the shoes, that the boxes are less dusty, and that they are all the same size which makes stacking much easier.

court. said...

none of my shoes come in pretty boxes.

my high end lovelies mix in with the Marshalls specials. I just don't have the room.

LB said...

I don't keep the boxes. I bought a linen shelf to hang in the closet. I forgot where I got it, probably Ikea or Container Store. The shoes are shielded on 5 of 6 sides. I don't notice a problem with dust. My boots, on the other hand, get relegated to the floor with either official inserts to stand up straight or old wrapping paper tubes stuck in the legs.

muranogirl said...

CIty living has forced me to take them out of the box - space my dears is at a premium. If you have the space then keep the boxes. When I walk into my teen daughter's room she has hers out of the boxes in rainbow order - Converse next to ballerina flats next to heels she can barely maneuver in.

Jamie Adler said...

I TOTALLY keep my boxes, and put scarves, hair pieces, and misc accessories in them. My son tried to use a Prada box for a diorama project and you would think he was taking the actual shoes and burning them the way reacted. I also keep great bags, and am equally protective over them. My favorites are the designer H&M bags! I think they may even be ebayable!

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

I agree with niche, glass doors would be great if you decide to do away with the boxes. That could be really pretty. I want to get a china cabinet and add more shelves and put my shoes in there.

David said...

I keep the boxes. It holds the shoes, the shoe horn that usually comes with mens shoes, and the dust bag that is handy when packing. It also holds the shoe trees when I'm wearing the shoes. Otherwise that shit ends up all over the closet and bedroom.

Nick @ Cupboards said...

Guys perspective here...

I am absolutely a box-keeper. When I installed cabinets in to my closets I specifically left high space for me to stack about 5 high and 10 wide(it's full, btw and I've moved to another area).

For those who want to be organized but don't have a designated area, labeling the ends of the boxes with whatever terminology allows you to know what you've got in there adds uniformity and a quick reference guide. My advice is to use the peel and stick postal labels. You can get them big enough to cover most of the end of the box(if you don't like the different colors, etc.).

Awesome topic!

Robin said...

I keep many of the boxes, especially the high-end ones because they remind me that those shoes were damn expensive and I'd better take care of them. I have a compartmentalized 48-pair shoe grid (from Lowe's, some assembly required and wasn't that fun!) in which I keep most of my shoes that are in-season. Stacked on top of that are in-season special occasion shoes, in boxes, with white labels on the end that say what shoes they are. Stacked on the left are the off-season shoes, in boxes, with labels on the end to say what shoes they are. On the other end of each of those boxes is another label that corresponds to a pair of the in-season shoes. When the weather changes I switch out all the shoes in the grid from in- to off-season. Snow boots, wellingtons and sneakers are in a two-shelf rack to the right of the grid. Fashion boots are lined up in front of the boxes and in winter go into two under-bed boxes (which in winter hold flip flops and espadrilles). It's all very organized and the switch out gives me a chance to audit what needs to be tossed or go to the nice Turkish shoe repair man.

When do we get to talk about purse storage? ;-)

Lisa said...

I am a firm believer in acting above your pay grade. I have all of my heels on display. The only shoes that I have boxes for are wedges and flats, which don't work in my display system.

Bonnie said...

YES! I definitely keep my shoes in the shoe boxes they came in and organize them on white shelves. I wouldn't mind some pretty boxes from Closet Fetish... http://www.closetfetish.com/

Sharon @ Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Not a box keeper, but that ends up making me a shoe duster.

Anonymous said...

oh god I feel so inferior, Charlie dog come back here with my $10 shoes.

phoenix said...

I keep my boxes because it's easier to store them in the off-seasons. It actually hurts me a bit to throw the boxes out (which is what I had to do recently in London because I didn't have the room in my luggage.)

Anonymous said...

I only keep my Alaia boxes, which at the moment is only 2. :)

Anonymous said...

I keep the boxes, with a polaroid of the contents on the outside!

Peggy and Fritz said...

Hands down a box keeper. For inexpensive shoes and flip flops I have a hanging shoe holder where I slide them in. All other ones, and anything where I had to sell everything I own to get a pair of shoes is in a box.

Anonymous said...

Container store sells the clear plastic containers which: prevent dust, allow you to see the shoes, and keeps your closet all neat and tidy.

honey living said...

I feel like this is one of those things that you dont have to have a hard and fast rule on. If some of your shoeboxes make you happy and compel you to keep and display them, i say go for it but it doesnt mean you have tp do it across the board. Youd still be able to make the closet nice and interesting looking that way without being too matchy or anal looking.

honey living said...

I feel like this is one of those things that you dont have to have a hard and fast rule on. If some of your shoeboxes make you happy and compel you to keep and display them, i say go for it but it doesnt mean you have tp do it across the board. Youd still be able to make the closet nice and interesting looking that way without being too matchy or anal looking.

Anonymous said...

Keep the boxes!! A shoe without a box is like a... well I don't know what it's like. It's just - wrong.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

No. Because mine all have DSW final sale stickers permanently stuck on them. :-/

mary said...

Definitely keep the boxes!! They can be works of art in and of themselves.

Kevin said...

I pile mine in a rubbermaid. This is the way I stick it to the man

Monica said...

I keep the really sexy ones in an unkempt pile on my closet floor so I can feel like a champ wading through the laundry trying to find my other peep toe zipper pump.

Dianna said...

I have custom open shelves for my shoes. They are like little pieces of art I put on my feet. You spend too much on mortgage payment shoes to keep them in boxes in a closet. Seriously...mortgage payment. Show them. Love your shoes. Build some nice shelves to show off your shoes. You will enjoy looking at them!

I think you should talk about shoes more.

Lady Blue said...

God fucking damn you Decorno! You have the YSL tributes? Do you know I devoted a whole post to lusting after those shoes? I love your style.
Anyway, I used to keep boxes until I moved and was like, okay this is a fucking joke. So I tossed all my boxes and was left with zillions of shoes all over the place. So I bought this plastic, under the bed, shoe separator holder thing from container store. It's flimsy as hell, and the dividers barely keep my shoes separated, but hey, it keeps 2 dozen pairs of shoes all situated in one spot AND dust free. So it works.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

I most definitely don't keep mine -- it's footwear, after all, not a fetish.
They do get some kinda dusty though.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Blake said...

OK, I don't keep my shoe boxes, my closet isn't big enough. However I do display a nice pair of orange "rockin" shoes peaking out from my closet, just to remind myself that I am a "hip, cool mom", with 6 kids!!!! cough, hack---my lovlies are stored in shoe bags under my bed where my girls won't crush the heels playing dress up. I DO HAVE ANOTHER BOX ADDICTION---I keep the bottom part of the velvetta cheese cardboard boxes (i don't care for the cheese)because they are the perfect size to keep my drawers and whatnots in. For example---I have a card catalog that I store my jewelry in---slide one of the boxes in there and wala!!!You can cover them with cool fabric or paper and use them to organize make up, pens, the list is endless!!!

ruthanne 17 said...

how about WWJennaDo?

seriously, i echo Robin's purse comment and Rebecca and the wobbly hooker. My coffee is all over the screen...

I keep the boxes, makes for neater storage. otherwise they end up in a heap in the corner of my closet and you can never find 2 of the same kind!

love this topic and the comments.

The Townhouselady said...

Box with polaroid or now a digi print out of the shoes.

Side note: Damn I miss polaroids!

I love the shoes and I love the boxes.

I don't keep my jewelry out displayed out for the world to see. You only see it out when I decide to pull a piece out of the jewelry box wear it.

Same goes for footwear.

The overt displaying of shoes just feels pretentious and reeks of trying too hard.

red ticking said...

you would KILL me if i told you. i am so bad.

Anonymous said...

Anon said:
I keep the boxes, with a polaroid of the contents on the outside!

... I call bullshit. No one actually does this. Just because Cosmo or whatever said to do this (along with some lame sex position or making engagement chicken or whatever) doesn't mean anyone actually does. This goes hand in hand with people who say "oh I take photos of my best outfits so I remember them for next time and can get dressed in a pinch!" Unless you are incredibly bored or incredibly wealthy, I don't buy it.

Photo or it didn't happen.

Now, back to my small city closet and its ikea shoe divider.

jeff said...

I have two pairs of shoes boxed up in case I have to get a job someday.

The rest are out there in the open so I don't purchase Mark Nason shoes at 5am - cool shoes, but I look like a white trash man whore.

Missed you, Decorno.

teamaldrich said...

I'm in the clear-plastic-boxes-from-Container-Store camp. Dust-free, you can see, I label them with my label maker, and rotate the stacks seasonally.

Anonymous said...

I have always used boxes that my shoes came with...however, i am thinking i would like to outfiit my closet with some boxes from Bellochio (www.bellochio.com) the aqua and red boxes...much prettier than a plastic box...even with "cheap shoes"...take care and it last forever!

katiedid said...

I keep the shoes that I like to think I will wear to that special event, that charity ball, that red carpet moment in boxes up on a shelf in my closet. Mostly, there is a big shoe mountain in the bottom of my closet.

s. said...

I have stacks of clear plastic drawers which hold most of my shoes; I like that they keep out the dust but let me see at a glance what I have. I do keep some of the prettier shoe boxes for additional storage, but honestly have problems remembering what's in them; they're more decorative than functional, I guess.

Anonymous said...

And... when did you stop working in the shoe business?

Anonymous said...

I'm the bitch that uses matching plastic boxes with photo descriptions. Cardboard boxes break or worse, roaches like to live in them.

Jane K. Schott said...

Did the boxes with photos, now keep them in a 5 drawer dresser. No boxes, no dust, better organized.

joanna said...

stashing it any corner I can possibly find in my laundry room. What laundry room, there is no more laundry room. It is now my humongous shoe closet.

Lindley said...

i like closet fetish shoe boxes. you can insert pics and they come in various colors.

www.korculastyle.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

One pair per step on our stairs, like the heathen that I am. This includes everything, from skanky, cheap, Ross pumps to my Fluevogs and boots from Paris. Also, my boyfriend's high heels. I like to think it adds "visual interest." And by visual interest, I mean: more crap to dust.