How to store shoes – lots of ideas to get organised!

by Sylvia

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I have never been that much into shoes, so shoe storage was never such a big issue for me. But as I have started to appreciate the value of fabulous shoes and acquired more, I find that I need better shoe storage. At the moment they are spread over a few places in the house, but not stored in such a way that I can easily see all my shoes. And what you don’t see, you don’t wear. So, time to find some better shoe storage solutions!

Shoe cupboards are of course the ideal. The only requirement of course is that you need lots of space. I guess it would be every girl’s dream to have shoe cupboards (and the shoes) like the 2 pictured above. But even though I can’t complain about my current living space at all at the moment, there is no room for these lovelies.

shoe recks

Shoe recks are ideal for smaller spaces or can be fitted in cupboards. I like the middle one above from Ikea which is great for just outside the door (it’s customary in Asia to take your shoes off before entering the house). The disadvantage is that they can quickly give a messy appearance to the house.

hang your shoes

A good solution is to hang your shoes. You can make use of spaces that are currently not used and your shoes are clear to see. A disadvantage for me is again that it would look too messy. However, if you have a dedicated clothing room this could be a great solution. I love the solution above middle where the shoes are hanged in such a zen way, that it’s even nice to look at!

under the bed shoe storage

This is a very nifty solution if tyou have the kind of bed picture above. If you have a normal bed than under the bed drawers could work well too. You would need to know where to find your shoes though.

shoe storage alternatives

These are some great alternatives for small spaces. The caroussel on the left actually looks really nice. I also like the idea of using wine storage for shoes as you see pictured on the right.

over door shoe storage

This can be another efficient way to store your shoes. All of these can be hanged inside or outside of doors.

public shoe display

If you are really proud of your shoes, you can also store them as works of art or pride in your living room or other public areas. This is what Lissy does  from A girl in Boston.

shoe boxes

I do a lot of my own shoe storage in boxes. I like the idea of using shoe boxes or boxes that are just a bit nicer (you could wrap your shoe boxes with paper so they all look the same) and then putting an image of the shoe in front of the box (as seen on the left picture). That way you still get an easy overview of all of your shoes, without your house and cupboards looking messy. If you don’t mind putting a lot of shoes in one box then the above right solution looks nice too, but you will not get a good overview.

My personal ideal would be to have good shoe shelves in my cupboards. If ever I get the chance to design or buy a new wardrobe, that is what I would do. For now I think I’m going to look for some good shoe boxes. See through ones when they are placed in cupboards and nice closed ones with pictures in front for open spaces.To me shoes make a space look messy very quickly, so although I want to be able to see them easily, they need to be hidden away from public view.

All of these solutions and many others have been pinned to my shoe storage pinterest board where you can also see the sources of many of these images, so be sure to check that out. I will update that board as I come across new solutions.

How do you like to store your shoes? Any more ideas welcome!

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Rachel {Raw-kul}

Sylvia, this is such an AWESOME post! I have always had storage issues with shoes, I really needed this! :-)


thanks Rachel. Hopes this helps to find a solution for you!


Thanks for the lovely article. I am half way there. I dedicated one cupboard to shoes but ruined it by putting other things there as well, like draws for necklaces.
Biggest problem is boots. All the lovely pictures don’t show long boots. And I own quite a few. Takes up lots of space.


Yes, I think boots will just have to be stored at the bottom of your cupboard most of the time… I see if I can find some solutions for boots as well and pin them.


We have an antique ottoman by the door where everyone can sit down and take their shoes off. then they can be conveniently stored away. Also we have a small shoe rack beside this where we keep our slippers. Its a very old house dating from 1800 and storage space is at a premium, so this method really does work for us. You do have some excellent ideas for storage.


Yes, that is similar to way I do. Although I don’t have something to sit on! A lot of my every day shoes are stored near the entrance in a cupboard and then my more special shoes upstairs in another…. Thanks for your feedback!


I agree with you about shoes making a space look messy very quickly. For the every day running in and out of the house shoes, I do have an over the door shoe bag in the foyer closet. For my nicer shoes, I still use boxes in my small clothes closet…mostly because it’s tidier and we always live in the world’s dustiest houses so if I had room for nice shoe cubicles like your top photo, I’d have to always be dusting my shoes. I like the idea of making all the boxes look alike with a photo of the shoe on the box…that sounds really tidy! I have teased my husband about putting my prettiest shoes in our curio cabinet and getting rid of all the useless knick-knacks. :-)


And I’m sure he really likes the idea :)


LOL!! He has a couple nice pairs of shoes, too, so I told him he could have a shelf. :-)


Great! Well, if it ever becomes a reality be sure to send us a picture!


I definitely will! :-)


Great ideas Sylvia!!!! Indeed shoes can make a space so messy and if we have just a few on hand we may forget the others. It’s happening with me.
I have a shoe reck but it’s full, so I have some in boxes. I also have to divide S/S from F/W because of the space.
The over doors system is also very interesting.


Good luck with getting organised!

Heather Fonseca

Normaly my shoes live in clear plastic shoe boxes in my small closet, but like you I’ve been purchasing new ones and now ther are regular shoe boxes stacked up on the side of the closet with more shoes on top of them. It’s not ideal, but all my garments need to fit in my closet space. Our house is very small. We want to move to a larger home but when we do I will be looking at closet space and will design something really great for storage!

Love Ted shoes on the wall like art. If you had a collection of expensive shoes that would be a beautiful way to display them.


I’m like you Heather. Sofar, mainly shoeboxes…. until I find something better!


Great post and a common issue for us all.

The problem with putting shoes in boxes is “mold” I am in the real estate business, specializing in property management.
Closets tend to be dark, and mold likes “dark”, especially moist and dark; leather shoes are a prime target. I have seen cases where mold gathered in toes of the shoes and spread throughout the closet area.


Good point. The boxes I’m currently using are open at the front, so I guess that helps. Or use boxes only for shoes you use frequently?


As much as I’d love to display my shoe collection, I’m all for keeping their original boxes which makes it easy when shipping and keeps them from collecting dust. At the moment I have the boxes stacked according to style and a Polaroid of each pair on its box! A bit OCD but makes my life so much easier :-)


Hi Rana. Thanks for your feedback. Yes it’s a good tactic to do it this way, but I’m currently really enjoying seeing my favorite shoes (finally made some space by getting rid of a lot of old t-shirts!)


Hi Sylvia,
Thanks for including my shoe display in your post! It was one of the best things I’ve done. I not only enjoy seeing my beautiful shoes every day but I also freed up space in my closet for other things.

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