Good boots are not cheap, especially leather ones. They must be packaged properly to prevent damaging the material or deforming the shoes. Whether sending work boots or fashionably high-heeled ones, here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship boots to ensure that they arrive in good condition.
When shipping previously used boots, make sure that the pair is clean and free from any dirt or dust before packing. You can also insert clean tube socks with baking soda inside each shoe to absorb any moisture and eliminate any odor. Fill the boots with crumpled newspaper to hold its shape and prevent creases. Alternatively, a wooden or plastic boot tree can be used to keep the footwear‘s shape.
Wrap each boot in tissue paper secured with tape. Make sure that the tape adhesive only sticks on the paper and not on the boot. Then, cover the entire boot in bubble wrap.
Place the boots inside the box they came in with. If the original box is no longer available, you can use a regular shipping box that is not too big nor too small. An over-sized box will have plenty of spaces that need filling up for the boots not to move around while forcing the boots inside a box that is too small might create unwanted folds and creases. Fill any space inside the box with packing materials such as crumpled paper or bubble wrap to prevent the boots from shifting during transit.
If the original box is too flimsy, it must be placed in another box that is sturdier and a bit larger. Fill the spaces between the two boxes with more packing materials to avoid movements. Close the box and seal with packaging tape.
If the first box used is sturdy enough, double boxing may not be necessary. Simply wrap the sealed box in brown packing paper and wrap generously with packaging tape.
Attach address and labels into the package and take to your local post office or shipping company. Consider buying insurance when shipping high-value designer boots to cover you in case of loss or damage.