With airlines charging evermore for passengers to travel with luggage, suitcase space is at a premium. Packing your carry-on effectively could be the difference between having to pay for another suitcase in the hold (£££) — or not (side note: also remember to weigh your luggage at home before leaving for the airport).
Shoes present a challenging conundrum to the Tetris-like operation of suitcase packing because, unlike your clothes, they’re bulky and won’t simply fold into place.
Then there’s the issue of hygiene. You don’t want your much-loved (and much-worn) pair of Birkenstock sandals coming into contact with freshly washed holiday attire.
Let’s face it, behind electronic devices, shoes are often the most valuable item in your suitcase. Rivets and zippers can easily scuff and damage sensitive shoes. The right packing method will ensure they remain protected.
Lastly, consider stability. Placing your shoes at the base of your travel case is best from a weight distribution perspective – reducing the risk of it falling over.