So you’ve started collecting sneakers, or streetwear like Supreme, or both, but what is the best way to store your new heat to keep them clean and dust-free?
Not all those who collect sneakers have them displayed neatly in an Instagram-worthy storage unit in a room dedicated to all things sneakers. Most people will have to use the space they have, which means being clever with storage solutions. If you want to ensure your pair will look good as new for as long as possible, then take a look at the top tips here:
- Store in a cool and dark place. Heat and sunlight will damage your new kicks and cause cracking and colour fading.
- Keep them dust-free. Place them in zip-lock bags and either put them back into their original box or into a plastic box.
- Let them breathe. If you are keeping them stored in boxes, then take them out every so often for a day to let them breathe.
- Clean them. If you wear them and want to store them, clean them first as the stains will be harder to remove over time.
- The soles will go yellow – eventually. Oxidisation will occur no matter how pristine you try to keep them.
- Be clever with stacking. There are all sorts of clear plastic boxes available now to suit all types of budgets. You can get drop-front boxes, slide out boxes, and sneaker-specific ones; it all depends on your available space.
- Remove the paper. The paper in the boxes is slightly acidic and can cause yellowing.
- But keep the boxes – if you ever want to sell a pair of your prized sneakers, then it’s recommended to keep the original box to add to their value.
Supreme quality can be a bit hit and miss, but they tend to last well over the years if you take care of them. Since Supreme typically costs more than your average high street prices, it is important to keep them looking as good as new for as long as possible.
- There is no one-fits-all for clothing, so it is down to each individual item whether it needs to be hung, folded or stacked. Hanging your outerwear is fine, but careful with your tees and sweaters as the hangers will stretch and mis-shapen the neckline and shoulders.
- If you are going to hang your clothes, do not use wire hangers. Use wooden or velvet covered, and insert the hanger from the bottom of the item to avoid stretching the top.
- If you need to wash your Supreme items, especially if has a box logo, then turn it inside out and use a cold/delicate wash. Do not tumble dry unless you are actively trying to shrink it and shake out before drying flat.
- Ensure that the print or box logo does not get creased when folding. If you are worried they will get dusty when folded and stacked then you can buy plastic wallets to keep them in; as with sneakers though, let them breathe once in a while.
- You can also hang your long sleeved tees or sweatshirts without stretching the neck. Simply fold the garment in half and wrap around the hanger.