October 13


How to Pack Shoes in a Suitcase (Without Ruining Them)

By Teddy

October 13, 2022

Packing shoes in a suitcase can be a bit of a challenge. You want to make sure they don’t get too scuffed up, but you also don’t want them taking up too much valuable space. Here are a few tips on how to pack shoes in a suitcase so that they arrive at your destination in one piece (and without taking up half the suitcase).

What causes shoes to be damaged in a suitcase

Most damage that happens to a shoe while traveling in a suitcase is due to them being improperly packed. When shoes aren’t packed correctly, they will move around much more and the friction against other objects can cause damage to the materials.

Biggest things to avoid when packing your shoes

  • Placing heavy objects on top of your shoes because they will end up being squished.
  • Packing them without them being wrapped properly causing them to rub against other shoes or objects, which causes scuffs.
  • Much rarer is being damaged by a metal object or even cut. This happened to me when I packed a charger right next to my shoes. The metal prongs of the iPhone charger left an imprint on the shoe.

Use a shoe bag

Packing your shoes in a suitcase can be a tricky business. If you’re not careful, you can end up with scuffed toes, crushed heels, and bent soles. The best way to avoid this damage is to pack your shoes in a shoe bag.

A shoe bag is a soft, padded bag that helps to protect your shoes from bumps and scrapes. It also keeps your shoes from getting tangled up with your clothes, which can lead to wrinkles and creases. If you don’t have a shoe bag, you can also wrap your shoes in soft towels or socks. This will help to cushion them and keep them from shifting around in your suitcase. With a little bit of care, you can avoid damaging your shoes when you travel.

How to pack your shoes in a suitcase safely without a shoe bag

  1. Start by wrapping each shoe individually in tissue paper or another soft material. If you don’t have tissue paper other materials you can use are towels, or shirts. I have personally used pillow covers when packing my suitcase and they worked well. The purpose of this is to protect them from getting scuffed up by other items or shoes that can move around in the suitcase. 
  2. Sort your shoes by the heaviest and most durable to the most delicate. This will be important once you start actually packing your suitcase.
  3. Once your shoes are wrapped and sorted, it’s time to start placing them in your suitcase. The best way to approach this is to place the heaviest most durable shoes on the bottom of the suitcase. This is because it will take the most pressure with other objects stacked on top of it, which could cause a flimsy pair of shoes to crease or deform.
  4. Once you have your foundation it’s time to start creating a “shoe sandwich” with your clothes and shoes. You do this by put your heaviest shoes on the bottom of the suitcase, followed by a layer of clothes, followed by another layer of shoes, and so on until you’ve reached the top of the suitcase. This method will keep your shoes from getting squished and will help prevent creases from forming. This style of packing your shoes makes it so there is as little room for movement as possible for your shoes to rub against anything while traveling.
  5. You are ready for adventure!


Packing shoes in a suitcase doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By following these simple tips, you can make sure your shoes arrive at your destination unscathed – and without taking up half the suitcase!

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