Shoe Storage Ideas

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When you’re not wearing them, take care of them. That means putting them away. These boots may be made for walking, but they don’t do it on their own. The three keys to good shoe storage are: Easy to use, accessible and spacious.

Habits create ease. When a task is a habit, it’s automatically easier because you don’t have to think about it. Make putting your shoes away part of your current routine. When you come inside, you put your jacket and bag somewhere, right? And I don’t mean on the back of the sofa. Include shoe stowing in that routine. For example, jacket in front closet, bag on foyer table, shoes in bedroom closet.

If that’s too much work, create a daily dumping spot for your shoes; under the foyer table, under the coffee table, floor of the front closet, etc. The only way this works, though, is if you’re willing to do a daily or semi-weekly tidy up when you put the shoes back in your clothes closet. To keep them looking nice, select a spot where there’s room for a few pairs so shoes won’t get jumbled together and damaged.

The amount of work you have to do to put something away is inversely proportionate to the likelihood of you doing it. Clear plastic shoe boxes are orderly and keep your shoes clean and safe, but they are a pain in the neck to use, in my opinion. Taking a box off the shelf and opening it is two movements already! You want storage that’s accessible without reaching, bending, opening, shoving aside, etc.

Shoe shelves Uncrowded space is key to putting away almost anything. Just as your file drawers should never get more than 2/3 full, so you don’t have to use muscle power to wedge things in there, your shoe shelves, cubbies, etc., should be roomy enough so you can access them easily.

Roominess also helps prevent damage to your shoes. If you store 50 pairs of shoes in a space where only 30 will really fit, they’re going to be squashed together and get crushed and scratched. If this is your situation, you’ll have to get creative and realistic about your storage options.

Here are some ideas: Rail shoe storage

  • Move your shoes to the front hall closet if that’s where you hang your jackets.
  • Use shelves at the front door, Asian style.
  • Clear the floor of your clothes closet and let it be only for shoes. Then you can almost just kick them off!
  • Store off-season shoes away from those currently in use.
  • Double up or stack flip flops, slippers and other sturdy, compact shoes.
  • Keep special occasion shoes in boxes on a shelf and put a big photo of the shoes on the end of the box to remind you of what’s in there (this is a good trick if you’re worried you’ll forget shoes that you can’t see).

If you buy containers, make sure they will fit your shoes and your closet space

  • Shoe pockets Chunky heels, boots and platforms won’t fit into shoe pockets
  • Over the rail cubbies are great, if you can spare the rail space
  • Wire shelving not so good for stilettos; the heel sinks through and the shoes can get scraped
  • Baskets are only good for casual shoes that can be bashed up a bit. Best for canvas, plastic and very sturdy leather

My favorite shoe containers:

  • Over the door shoe pockets for low profile shoes
  • Over the rail cubbies for bulkier shoes and for doubling up flip flops and slippers
  • Three-shelf unit under my short hanging items for any size shoe and floppy boots
  • Floor space for rigid boots

Figure out what works for you!

4 thoughts on “Shoe Storage Ideas

  1. The organizer is designed to hang on the door with two hooks, and stabilized by 4 pieces of velcro tapes stick to the door at the middle and bottom.

    Pro: big capacity. I was able to take most of my shoes out of storage. No more shoe searching in shoe boxes. I have filled in 75% of the pockets, and it seems holding up well. But my shoes are of smaller size (5.5), thus relatively lighter.

    Con: suboptimal design, flimsy materials.
    1. the two hooks are designed for much thicker doors. Even though my door is of standard thickness, I still have 1/4 inch gap between the door and one side of the hooks. I may cut two pieces of eraser to fill in this gap.
    2. the hooks only have 1″ on the back side of the door (suppose the organizer is hanging the front side). Another hanging on the door shoe organizer I got from walmart has 2″ on the back side of the door, which make the walmart organizer much more stable.
    3. The door velcro tapes are attached to the door by some glue/double-sided tape. When I adjust these piece, some paint came of with it. In hindsight, I should have used tags instead of these velcro pieces. I’d rather have barely noticable holes on the door than peeled of paint.
    4. Small pockets: each pocket is almost 8″ long, 3.5″ high, and 7″ wide. My flats can fit in the pockets fine, but sneakers and clogs need some effort. I also have to alternate the flat shoes and clogs/sneakers in the pockets for easier retrieval and insertion. I don’t like the heels dangling outside the pocket. It makes the shoes below them difficult to access. I managed to put them sideways, but I don’t think this solution will work for longer shoes. I personally think shoes of larger sizes are going to have a difficult time fitting inside these pockets, not impossibly though. I don’t know how an earlier reviewer fit >1 pairs inside one pocket, maybe flipflops.
    5. Except a 1/2″ wide cardboard/plastic like material at the entrance of the pocket, there is almost no support at the bottom of each pocket, just a piece of cloth as divider. That is how my bulkier shoes fit into the pocket more easily when taking spaces from neighboring flats.

    The material is flimsy, and the workmanship is rough. I am not sure how long it will last, but to be fair, the quality is more inline with ‘get what you paid for’.

    Overall, the organizer is a good idea to store shoes, but it can be a much better product. It is easier for small shoes, but workable for larger shoes if frequent retrieval and insertion is not needed.

  2. The organizer is designed to hang on the door with two hooks, and stabilized by 4 pieces of velcro tapes stick to the door at the middle and bottom.

    Pro: big capacity. I was able to take most of my shoes out of storage. No more shoe searching in shoe boxes. I have filled in 75% of the pockets, and it seems holding up well. But my shoes are of smaller size (5.5), thus relatively lighter.

    Con: suboptimal design, flimsy materials.
    1. the two hooks are designed for much thicker doors. Even though my door is of standard thickness, I still have 1/4 inch gap between the door and one side of the hooks. I may cut two pieces of eraser to fill in this gap.
    2. the hooks only have 1″ on the back side of the door (suppose the organizer is hanging the front side). Another hanging on the door shoe organizer I got from walmart has 2″ on the back side of the door, which make the walmart organizer much more stable.
    3. The door velcro tapes are attached to the door by some glue/double-sided tape. When I adjust these piece, some paint came of with it. In hindsight, I should have used tags instead of these velcro pieces. I’d rather have barely noticable holes on the door than peeled of paint.
    4. Small pockets: each pocket is almost 8″ long, 3.5″ high, and 7″ wide. My flats can fit in the pockets fine, but sneakers and clogs need some effort. I also have to alternate the flat shoes and clogs/sneakers in the pockets for easier retrieval and insertion. I don’t like the heels dangling outside the pocket. It makes the shoes below them difficult to access. I managed to put them sideways, but I don’t think this solution will work for longer shoes. I personally think shoes of larger sizes are going to have a difficult time fitting inside these pockets, not impossibly though. I don’t know how an earlier reviewer fit >1 pairs inside one pocket, maybe flipflops.
    5. Except a 1/2″ wide cardboard/plastic like material at the entrance of the pocket, there is almost no support at the bottom of each pocket, just a piece of cloth as divider. That is how my bulkier shoes fit into the pocket more easily when taking spaces from neighboring flats.

    The material is flimsy, and the workmanship is rough. I am not sure how long it will last, but to be fair, the quality is more inline with ‘get what you paid for’.

    Overall, the organizer is a good idea to store shoes, but it can be a much better product. It is easier for small shoes, but workable for larger shoes if frequent retrieval and insertion is not needed.

  3. Wonderful ideas! There are different things that you could use when storing your shoes to make sure that they would not get lost. Those that were mentioned could be a great help for you to decide which you would be using.

  4. Wonderful ideas! There are different things that you could use when storing your shoes to make sure that they would not get lost. Those that were mentioned could be a great help for you to decide which you would be using.

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