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tennis_lover_x
08-04-2010, 11:29 PM
Sometimes, there is a certain make of shoe I like so much, I want to stock up on them, in the event they are discontinued or altered significantly by the manufacturer.

This may mean putting them away in storage up to a year or longer. Is this advisable? Or, should I not bother? Will the properties of the leather or rubber, or air shock absorbers lose their effectiveness over time by hardening or deteriorating?

justsomeguy
08-05-2010, 04:19 AM
Yeah dude, it's pretty common. I stocked up on Vapor 4s a few years ago and am on my last pair now. They were in the top of my closet for about 3 years and were still perfect when I pulled them out.

struggle
08-05-2010, 04:50 AM
cool dry storage, not your attic, maybe not the basement.

10ACE
08-05-2010, 05:14 AM
^^^ ontop of that seel your shoes in a plastic ziplock bag or even better that machine that suck the air out- if just the ziplock use those silica pack(?) the ones that keep moisture out- u find them in beef jerky packs- they're square white packs looks like sugar pack- feels grainy like sand.

Alex75
08-05-2010, 06:25 AM
you can't really be sure, some vintage shoes seems to hold steady and some completly disintegrate. up to 5 years you should be ok though. and maybe the recent materials will age better.

lidoazndiabloboi
08-05-2010, 09:16 AM
^^^ ontop of that seel your shoes in a plastic ziplock bag or even better that machine that suck the air out- if just the ziplock use those silica pack(?) the ones that keep moisture out- u find them in beef jerky packs- they're square white packs looks like sugar pack- feels grainy like sand.

from what i heard is, ziplocking the shoes will keep it from changing colors, but the glue in the shoe will dry out and the shoe will basically rip apart when you use it.

10ACE
08-06-2010, 06:04 AM
from what i heard is, ziplocking the shoes will keep it from changing colors, but the glue in the shoe will dry out and the shoe will basically rip apart when you use it.

That's why u need the silica packs to keep the moisture from getting to the shoe and drying it out. I know shoe heads who have saved OG jordans placed like 5-10 silica packs, and the foam sole and air is fine.

ollinger
08-06-2010, 06:09 AM
I gather you're not married. Many women have shoes for particular occasions that they've had for decades.

bad_call
08-06-2010, 06:12 AM
from what i heard is, ziplocking the shoes will keep it from changing colors, but the glue in the shoe will dry out and the shoe will basically rip apart when you use it.

exactly that happened to 2 pairs...:shock:

bad_call
08-06-2010, 06:13 AM
That's why u need the silica packs to keep the moisture from getting to the shoe and drying it out. I know shoe heads who have saved OG jordans placed like 5-10 silica packs, and the foam sole and air is fine.

not understanding this logic...

bad_call
08-06-2010, 06:14 AM
I gather you're not married. Many women have shoes for particular occasions that they've had for decades.

maybe it's the rubber sole/adhesive...:idea:

10ACE
08-06-2010, 07:30 AM
not understanding this logic...

I phrased it wrong- it regulates the moisture- spaced- you don't want the polyurethane to dry out, and break down.

If you want to truly read about how to keep your kicks to last-- the storage part is towards the end--- read this

http://niketalk.yuku.com/topic/15471

bad_call
08-06-2010, 10:17 AM
I phrased it wrong- it regulates the moisture- spaced- you don't want the polyurethane to dry out, and break down.

If you want to truly read about how to keep your kicks to last-- the storage part is towards the end--- read this

http://niketalk.yuku.com/topic/15471

thanks for the link. btw - the outsole bottoms came unglued on my tennis shoes after a long layoff from playing.

after reading the article - silica not good to use for long term storage.

"1) Shoes are made of pliable material. To be pliable, they must have some form of moisture in the material to remain that way. Sealing them in plastic bags, and adding silica packs, which REMOVES the moisture from the shoes, is going to literally ruin the shoes."

10ACE
08-06-2010, 11:16 AM
thanks for the link. btw - the outsole bottoms came unglued on my tennis shoes after a long layoff from playing.

after reading the article - silica not good to use for long term storage.

"1) Shoes are made of pliable material. To be pliable, they must have some form of moisture in the material to remain that way. Sealing them in plastic bags, and adding silica packs, which REMOVES the moisture from the shoes, is going to literally ruin the shoes."


OP: I mean how long are we talking about? I have kicks from 5-9 years ago that I store properly and have no problem with the glue or the sole- I use some for basketball

It goes back and forth who's to say--

recommends for storage- but not in reference to prolonged storage

2) Silica packets help by taking moisture out of the air. Moisture will eventually ruin your shoes. It's recommended that a couple small ones be placed in the box. **** is a really good source to buy silica packets. Another suggestion is hit up your local electronics store. Ask them and their delivery guys to give you the little packs that fall out of boxes. Tell them to just put a tiny box somewhere and toss them in, and give them $5 at the end of the week or when the box is full.

Then this

4) I think everyone is overdoing the silica pack-and-replace every 6 weeks bit too. They're designed to last longer than people think. I'm using damp rid in the closet, which I think is a lot smarter than a 10 gram bag of silica in the box next to the shoe. With the Damp Rid, it's in a container, removes moisture from the air, and isn't sitting on top of a shoe. You realize that what a silica pack does is absorbs the moisture around it, but what happens when it can't absorb more? It leaks, all over what's next to it. Just get a $5 quart sized container of damp rid, and use the canister it provides, and leave it near the bottom of the closet where it can't be kicked over.

back to this

For storage, use a silica pack, not a gross national products worth of it. One is more than enough. Buy some Damp Rid in the canisters to put in the closet. It does wonders. You are trying to keep the sweat from absorbing into the shoes, not to keep the moisture in the leather from drying out. Also, try not storing one box on top of another, on top of another on top of another on top of another. All you are doing is putting a lot of smelly, sweaty shoes in one place, and they are basically keeping the sweat and funk from the other shoes in them. Stack them side by side, upright or horizontal on a shelf, with some room above them for air to pass through and clean them out.

As far as Ziploc bags, I don't think this is any better than Saran Wrap in regards to sealing them up. The leather has to breathe. Locking it in an airtight container, and then hoping 15 years down the road its going to be crispy when it comes out is insane. Once you take it out 15 years from now, you WILL pass out from the smell of rotten leather, and if you come to and wear the shoes, they'll crack like a sidewalk.