Shoe Storage and Organization Ideas

Get to know the best options for storing and organizing your shoes.



By: Jennifer Crutchfield
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A 2011 study by the Consumer Reports National Research Center reported that the average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes. Add my three kids to the mix, and that equals some pretty big shoe piles. How do you create a family-friendly shoe storage and organization system that really works?

Shoe Storage Ideas: Creative, Attractive, Functional Options

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Walk-In Closet With Wall of Shoe Storage

This walk-in closet is a shoe lover's paradise. With clean white shelving dedicated solely to shoe storage, shoes are organized and displayed in style.

Designer Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design suggests maximizing storage space by adjusting the spacing of the shelves. "Most people have their shoe shelves spaced evenly. However, in order to maximize space, they should be adjusted and based on the height of your shoes."

Backlit Shoe Storage in Walk-In Closet

A wall of backlit shelving turns shoe storage into a boutique-like display in this luxury closet.

Adding custom shelving is the easiest way to keep clothes, shoes and accessories off the closet (or bedroom) floor. Arranging shoes and clothes by color also makes it easier to keep things organized and put together an outfit.

These shoe racks were designed for the man of the house. They features racks spaced closer together, not suitable for a woman's high-heels, but ideal for a man and to maximize apace.

Having a specific spot for every pair of shoes, bag and shirt makes getting dressed a breeze. A spiral shirt rack keeps button-downs and delicate tops fresh and wrinkle-free.

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For the fashionista who has more shoes than clothes, it's wise to consider how these favorite items are showcased. ClosetMaid has created the perfect system for pumps, boots and flats to take center stage.

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With the right materials, a boy's closet can be just as mature as an adult's closet. Designed by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., this maple shelving system with a sienna stain adds a sophisticated touch to a boy's bedroom. Wooden cubbies provide an attractive way to store shoes and hats.

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Start by getting to know your options. The five most popular shoe storage solutions are shoe shelves, shoe cubbies and shoe racks for closets; shoe storage cabinets and over-the-door shoe racks and organizers. Considering the price of the unit based on the number of shoes it stores can help you best evaluate your alternatives.

Once you've got an idea of your choices, inventory everyone's shoes, bearing in mind available household storage spaces, from bedroom closets to mudrooms. Next, ask how each family member wants to view their shoes: on a floor rack, in a hanging organizer or even in cubbyholes. (You can also store them out of sight in clever furniture solutions, like an ottoman made to hold shoes.)

For a smart budget option for kids, try two-tier shoe shelf on the closet floor – it's easy to reach, easy to clean and is affordable enough to replace after a couple of years' worth of use.

Built-in shoe shelves are more expensive but longer lasting; consider them if you've got the closet space and you know you'll be in your house for several years. A kitted-out closet can help increase resale value, as well.

Finally, consider hanging a shoe holder over the door you use most frequently, like the one to the garage. Taking off your shoes when you come in not only reduces piles, it reduces dirt and pollution in the house – which means less cleaning. And couldn't we all use a little more of that?

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