Spring Cleaning for Your Shoes and Feet

Ah, springtime! The season of rejuvenation, blooming flowers and longer days. It's nature's way of saying, "Hey, let's get moving with purpose!" This anticipation and hope give us a new surge of energy, making us ready to tackle the day. But first, let's tackle spring cleaning, including our shoe closets.

Spring Cleaning the House

Martha Stewart is the queen of home and gardening tips, so we went directly to her to get the best advice on how to spring clean your home. In her Ultimate Spring-Cleaning Checklist, we learn how to expertly clean each room in the house. Leave it to Martha, or her team, not to miss a detail, but that’s what we love about her. 

So, get up and put on your Z-CoiLs. We have work to do! 

Here’s Martha’s list of what to clean in every room:

  1. Clean baseboards
  2. Dust
  3. Vacuum
  4. Mop
  5. Shampoo rugs
  6. Wipe walls and ceilings
  7. Reseal grout lines
  8. Clean upholstered furnishings
  9. Polish metal door and window hardware
  10. Wax surfaces
  11. Clean window furnishings
  12. Wash window screens
  13. Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans
  14. Implement first safety (aka change the batteries in smoke detectors)

Now, onto the fun stuff. Let’s talk about shoes!

Refresh your Shoe Closet

Raise your hand if you've got an overflowing shoe closet or a heaping pile of shoes in the corner of your closet. Don't worry; you're not alone. Shoes are more than just fashion statements; they're essential for our foot health too.

Check out these shoe stats from a 2023 report:

  • The average person in the U.S. owns 6 pairs of shoes.
  • Women lead the pack with an average of 19 pairs!
  • Men are not far behind with an average of 12 pairs.
  • Nevada is the most shoe-crazy state with 19 pairs per person.
  • San Antonio, Texas, is a shoe-crazy city with an average of 12 pairs per person!

Now that we've established our love affair with footwear, let's dive into tips and tricks to keep our shoe game—and foot health—strong.

Step 1: Declutter Your Shoe Sanctuary 

We get it. Saying goodbye to shoes can be tough, especially when there are memories attached to them, or they still look brand new. But if they're just collecting dust or falling apart, it's time to bid them farewell. Consider selling them online or donating them to a local charity. Out with the old, in with the new isn’t just a mantra, it’s the first rule of decluttering.

Step 2: Rescue and Repair 

If your shoes need TLC and repairs, don't wait! Don’t delay taking them to the shoe repair shop, otherwise, they’ll remain in your closet taking up space. This is the perfect time to decide if they're worth saving, or if it's time to let them go.

Step 3: Cleanse and Refresh 

Give your remaining shoes the attention they deserve by brushing off the dirt, washing or wiping them down, polishing the scuff marks and using a little baking soda to deodorize them. For additional tips on how to clean different types of shoes from leather to canvas, read this article from Good Housekeeping.

Don’t neglect your Z-CoiLs either! By simply replacing the insoles or coils, they will be ready to spring into action for another season.

Don’t forget about your closet either —vacuum or sweep the floors and wipe down those shelves.

Step 4: Organize  

With your shoe collection ready for action, it's time to get organized. You can sort them by color, heel height or occasion (work, athletics or dress) to make it easy to find the right pair of shoes when you are in a hurry. Whether you're a DIY organizer or prefer something ready-made, find what works best for your space, style and budget.

Step 5: Treat Your Feet to Z-CoiLs Treat yourself to a new pair of Z-CoiLs—your ultimate footwear for summer adventures. Whether you’re taking a beachside stroll or a morning walk, our Sidewinder sandals and Freedom Classic sneakers are designed to keep you moving comfortably. With built-in orthotics, coil heels, rocker soles and extra cushioning, your feet will thank you.

So, there you have it—spring cleaning for your shoe closet, with a focus on foot happiness. Ready to step into the season with style and comfort? Let's do this!