Today I’m continuing on with how I manage my collection. Probably the easiest storage I’ve found is what I use for shoes. The boxes above are photo storage boxes, and can be found in craft supply stores like Michael’s and A.C. Moore. They are the perfect size for most pairs of shoes, and they are acid-free. Best of all, they are cheap. I bought most of these several years ago on sale for $1 each, but now they usually run $2 on sale. Still that is a bargain for acid-free storage.
I’d like to claim responsibility for this storage idea, but it comes from Jonathan of Kickshaw Productions and The Fashion History Museum.
I store the boxes in a shelved closet, in chronological order. Unfortunately, I have to store the boxes two deep on the shelves, but it is still very easy to quickly find any pair in the collection. Each box is labeled with the number of the item, and a short description. Someday when I have nothing to do, I’m going to add a photo of each pair to the front of each box.
Inside each box I have a piece of muslin to wrap around the shoes for added protection.
And to make sure the shape is correctly maintained, I use muslin as needed to support the shoe.
These are early 1950s swim shoes, made of mesh, with a textured rubber sole.