8 Clever Shoe Storage Solutions

Is your footwear collection out of control? Organize your shoes with these creative ideas, from pull-out drawers to DIY storage racks.
By: Robin Anders

Photo By: Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox; 2 Ivy Lane

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Picture Perfect

Clean up your closet – and keep your fancy footwear pristine – with the uniform shoe storage plan. Label each box with a snapshot of the enclosed pair, and store special-occasion shoes on the top shelf.

Shoe Hive

Organize your family's shoe collection with a homemade shoe hive. Constructed from lightweight PVC pipes, the shoe hive keeps shoes in shape and easy to find.

Storage Tip

Store shoes heel to toe, recommends professional organizer Amanda LeBlanc, a national spokesperson for storage and organization company Organized Living. "Not only does it save space, but it also makes them easier to see," she says.

Under the Stairs

Clever shoe storage tucked beneath the stairway maximizes space in this traditional Brooklyn, N.Y., townhouse. Dark-stained stair treads and a dark handrail offer pleasing contrast against the crisp bright white trim.

Glammed-Up Shoe Shelf

Dazzling shoes deserve a glitzy backdrop. Glam up your shoe storage by covering the back of a standard bookshelf with your favorite textured wallpaper.

A Step Up

Keep mudroom floors clean and clear with custom-designed shoe racks.

Upcycled Paint Cans

Transform old paint cans into flip-flop keepers. Forget the closet floor jumble with this good-looking strategy to stockpile your slipper arsenal.

Sliding Effect

Pullout drawers don't have to be relegated to the kitchen. Install them in a mudroom for easy access and plenty of storage. Standard drawers are deep enough for two rows of shoes.