Our Favorite Ways to Organize & Store Shoes

I know it might sound trivial but in my world I am constantly designing places to store shoes and some collections contain hundreds of pairs. The first step to finding a home for your shoes is to go through and purge if possible. The next step is decide where they will be stored; in their own closet, or one that also contains clothes or out in the open. Today, I want to walk you through glam (tons of space) to jam (almost no space) shoe storage ideas and how to implement them into your home.


An ordinary bookcase can be used to house shoes while it acts as a room divider. You can implement this idea in small spaces as well as large rooms, with simple Ikea bookcases or custom built-in’s. A nice option is to install glass doors, they create a design detail in addition to protecting the shoes.


If wall space permits I often suggest built-in units like this one above, the interior can be customized to suit your needs and I love the sleek modern look. 

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There are several options for how you store the actual shoes; a basic flat shelf, an angled shelf with a lip (loving the hip yet functional Lucite idea above for the lip), cubbies, a DIY door rack using moldings or an up-cycled armoire. All options are efficient, it is just a matter of personal preference. I design several apartments in New York City where square footage is sparse, below a shoe slide out enables me to neatly store a lot of shoes without taking up valuable wall space.


When designing closet interiors be sure to take into consideration where vents, outlets and switches are located. Below, notice the air vent at the bottom shelf below and how the shelving can be built around it, the other option is to move the vent to the ceiling which is typically what I do.


Organizing and storing shoes may seem like a daunting task but you should only have to do it once if carried out properly. If you adore shoes like we do check out some of our favorites here, happy shoe shopping!


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  • Kate

    Our mudroom needs some shoe help!

  • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

    Email me pictures I would love to help :)

  • Tracey Ayton-Edwards

    Okay, seriously? I would have that many shoes if I had the room!!!! I am so jealous right now. Perhaps if I start investing in shoes, my hubby will have to build me some kind of beautiful space to put them all. Now that’s a plan!

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      That sounds like a great plan Tracey :)

  • https://www.vamovers.com/newport-news/ Moving Newport News

    When we moved to Newport News, in the new home of for me it was very important make a similar case with shoes. There are very beautiful examples