Every sneakerhead knows that sneaker storage goes beyond shoeboxes. This is especially true if you’re planning to use your sneakers daily or travel with them. Nowadays, there are plenty of bags out there which you can use to protect your valuable pairs of sneakers, but how do you know which one is the best?
Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a list of five key features to keep an eye out for when shopping for your next sneaker bag. Check them out below.
1. Sneaker case
Let’s be clear – when we say sneaker bag, we’re talking about sneaker duffle bags or sneaker backpacks. And when we say sneaker cases, we mean something which you can slot your sneakers into before storing them in your sneaker bag. The sneaker case should be:
- water resistant
- tear resistant
- collapsible for easy storage
It should also most definitely have a vented system to prevent odor build up. The last thing you want is your shoes getting super funky when stored in your sneaker case. Bonus points go to sneaker cases that slot neatly inside the compartments of your sneaker bag.
2. Ample Space
Your bag for sneakers needs to have storage space not just for a pair of shoes (or even two or three pairs), but for other everyday items you plan to use. You might take your sneaker bag with you to work before hitting the gym, and so would need space for your gym gear. Or you might be traveling and need space not just for your favorite shoes but for your travel gear. Either way, your sneaker bag should have ample space to be multi-functional when you need it to be. Try to pick one that has a laptop compartment quick-access pockets for storing essentials, as they always come in handy.
3. Adjustable Dividers
This is an important one! The best bags for sneakers have a flexible storage system – one which can neatly accommodate items of different shapes and sizes. This means they must have adjustable or removable dividers. These dividers can be moved to create adjustable compartments within your bag so that your sneakers, clothes, toiletries and other gear fit safely and snugly within them. With this feature, your sneaker bag has terrific multi-functionality as the dividers can be used to create single or multiple shoe compartments depending on your need.
4. TSA compliant
This is a no-brainer. The best sneaker bags are those that have ample space and are large enough to fit your gear, but not so large that they can’t be taken on board planes. Make sure you pick up one that’s TSA compliant, especially if you prefer carry-on bags and traveling light. That way, when you travel you have the added security of knowing your precious cargo is within arm’s reach. Plus, sneaker bags that are TSA compliant are often designed to be practical for travel.
5. Quality Padding
Look, what’s the point in spending money on a sneaker bag if, at the end of the day, it can’t properly store and protect your sneakers? That’s why you should get a bag that is well padded on the inside. And for your own comfort, make sure the bag has convenient handles and a padded shoulder strap. There’s no need to have a strap cut into your shoulders while you're commuting or traveling.
The best sneaker bags for you
If the bag for sneakers you’re interested in checks all the boxes and has all of the above features, then you won’t ever have to worry about your shoes or your comfort. At Private Label, we’re changing the game when it comes to sneaker storage. That’s why our sneaker bags are kitted out with all of the above, and have plenty more features! Check out our collection and treat yourself to the best sneaker travel bags out there.