To close out 2008 and herald the new year, I would like to give one final reminder to enter the ShoeBlog holiday giveaway, which ends TODAY. To enter, simply submit a comment and leave your email address over on the original shoe post here.
Although I know you’ll find great uses with the $100 Gift Certificate we are giving away, one of the items I’m most excited about in the holiday giveaway are these sturdy and easy to organize shoeboxes. We’re giving you a whole set of boxes for you to start the New Year right and proudly display your favorite shoes.
To show you how functional I found these shoeboxes, I used the shoeboxes on part of my shoe collection. These are some of my nicer (i.e. more expensive so that I don’t wear them often) shoes and/or the party/evening shoes.
Here’s the before picture. It was incredibly difficult for me to figure out what was in many of the shoe boxes. I would usually have to open them all, which I have to admit wasn’t always a bad thing because it was nice to find a pair of shoes I totally forgot about. Of course, when time is an issue, not having a complete shoe inventory was a problem. To further make my life more complicated, whenever I needed my Stuart Weitzmans nude pumps (bottom right corner, purple box) I felt that I had to do a mini excavation in order to reach the shoes since they were piled under a bunch of other shoes and boxes.
Now here’s the after picture. There were a ton of ways to go about organizing this part of the shoe wardrobe using the clear shoeboxes however this is the one I liked the best. For shoes that I really wanted to see displayed, I used the larger men’s clear shoeboxes (lower left corner) . Aren’t the Dries Van Notens and lace Stuart Weitzman’s lovely? I also found the side door openings quite handy for easy access to the shoes (even shoes on the bottom of the pile!). As an added bonus, the shoe boxes were easily closed so I could protect the shoes from getting dusty but they are also well ventilated too. Now, while I preferred to use the larger men’s shoe boxes, space is an issue for me. That’s where the smaller women’s clear shoeboxes came in. Like the men’s shoe boxes, these were sturdy (meaning you can stack lots of things on top of them), had the easy to access side opening, and transparent for me to see what shoes were in the box.
In the end, I still kept a few old shoe boxes lying around. But you’ll find that I kept those boxes on the topof my pile since they lacked the side opening for easy access.
A few of our readers asked where they could purchase the clear shoeboxes just in case they didn’t win the contest. The shoeboxes I used and the ones in our giveaway are from Diva’s Emporium. Depending on the quantity and type of boxes you order plus the strength of the US dollar, the price for each box runs between $3-$5. For me, it’s a price worth paying to protect and display my shoes. Plus, the time I saved from having to rummage through a shoe pile was priceless for me.