Sneaker tips from professional collector Michael Savage of New Canaan, CT

For sneaker enthusiasts, a collection is more than just an accumulation of shoes; it’s a representation of passion, style, and sometimes, even cultural significance. 

In fact, we’ve written about the psychology of sneaker collecting and what drives the obsession. But once you’ve got the sneaker bug, it’s important to take care to protect the soles of your collection and display with panache. 

But with great collections comes the responsibility of proper display and storage. 

Here are some tips and ideas to help you showcase your sneakers creatively while keeping them protected.


Shelving Options

  • Shoe racks: A classic choice, shoe racks come in various materials (wood, metal, plastic) and sizes. Opt for open shelves for better visibility and choose a sturdy rack that can accommodate the weight of your collection.


  • Floating shelves: These space-saving shelves mount directly to the wall, creating a clean and modern look. They’re ideal for displaying prized sneakers or limited-edition pairs.


  • Stackable boxes: Clear plastic boxes offer dust protection while allowing you to see your sneakers. They’re stackable, making them suitable for smaller spaces.


  • Sneaker display cases: Invest in acrylic display cases for your most valuable or collectible sneakers. These protect them from dust, moisture, and UV rays, and their elevated design adds a touch of sophistication.

Lighting Techniques

  • Natural light: If possible, position your display area near a window to utilize natural light. However, avoid direct sunlight as it can cause fading and discoloration.


  • LED strip lights: Strategically placed LED strip lights can dramatically enhance your display. Choose warm white or daylight bulbs for an even and natural-looking illumination.


  • Spotlights: Use spotlights to highlight specific sneakers in your collection, creating a focal point and adding depth to your display.

Protecting Your Sneakers

  • Regular cleaning: Wipe down your sneakers with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. Use sneaker cleaning solutions specifically designed for the materials of your shoes.


  • Shoe trees: Invest in cedar shoe trees to help maintain the shape of your sneakers and absorb moisture.


  • Stuffing: When not on display, loosely stuff your sneakers with acid-free tissue paper to help them retain their shape and prevent creases.


  • Controlled environment: Ideally, store your sneakers in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area. Avoid storing them in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, as this can damage the materials.

Creative Display Ideas

  • Theme your display: Group your sneakers by color, brand, or even inspiration (e.g., sports legends, music artists).


  • Incorporate memorabilia: Surround your sneakers with related items like posters, jerseys, or tickets to create a unique and personal display.


  • Get artistic: Consider using mannequins or sneaker stands to create dynamic poses for your sneakers.


  • Think outside the box: Repurpose vintage suitcases, crates, or even skateboards as unique display shelves.

By following these tips and letting your creativity flow, you can transform your sneaker collection from a simple storage solution into a visually stunning and personalized showcase of your passion.

At the same time, you’ll see the financial evolution of your sneaker collection continue to grow.



Mike Savage of New Canaan is the Founder of 1-800 Accountant that helps businesses with their accounting services and needs through cutting-edge technology and customer support. 

In his spare time, Savage enjoys creating unique koi ponds, collecting Michael Jordan sneakers, vintage Lego sets, and admiring muscle cars and unique pop art. He and his wife also spearhead the Savage-Rivera foundation to help impoverished families in Honduras.