Shoes. They’re a permanent source of both joy and frustration in our lives. Whether they lead to a house killing your wicked witch sister or a missed opportunity with a charming prince, our relationship with footwear is full of mixed emotions and even fantastical lore. Sure, they can transform a boring outfit into a show-stopping ensemble, but if you get too many piled on your bedroom floor, they’ll quickly go from fun to hazardous — not to mention some may end up as dog toys along the way. If you’re ready to put an end to the madness, here are some of the best shoe storage ideas.
Bedroom Shoe Storage Ideas
Tired of tripping over that lone tennis shoe as you make your way from the bed to the bathroom? Stumble no more. Enjoy clean floors and perfect pathways with a few simple shoe storage ideas that are perfect for bedrooms.
Use Hanging Shoe Storage
Use a hanging shoe organizer for your everyday pairs. These come in different shapes and sizes, from rows of plastic bag-like containers to wire racks, and can be placed on your main bedroom door or inside closet doors.
The best part about this type of storage system? You’re able to see your shoes every day, meaning you can quickly assess the pairs you grab frequently and identify those you never use anymore (hint hint: this means it’s time to purge them from your collection).
Make Your Furniture Do Double-Duty
What are the best shoe storage ideas when you’re on a budget? Use what you already have! The trunk at the foot of your bed isn’t just a stylish choice — it also comes in handy when you need to discreetly store accessories like shoes. The same goes for pieces like hollow ottomans or coffee tables. Take a look around your home and think of creative ways you can get additional use of your furniture. There are lots of functional furniture options for any style or aesthetic.
Take Advantage of Space Under the Bed
While it’s not a great idea to cram stuff under your bed, there is an acceptable way to make the most of this space and take advantage of under-bed storage drawers and boxes, like these from IKEA. This works especially well for out-of-season shoes or special pairs that don’t need to be easily accessible all the time. If you need to maximize your storage even more and are feeling crafty, consider making a DIY platform bed with small kitchen cabinets.
Q: How does Marie Kondo organize shoes?
A: When it comes to shoe storage, you can’t go wrong applying Marie Kondo’s signature advice: Keep just the pairs you love (i.e., the ones that “spark joy”). If you don’t know where to start, consider the last time the shoes were worn. If you didn’t wear them in the past year, this year likely isn’t going to be any different, and it’s time to say goodbye. (Plus, those six-inch stilettos aren’t podiatrist-approved, anyway.) Another tip from the organization expert? Keep like with like. That is, keep your shoes organized by type (sandals, boots, etc.). You can even go further and organize them by color, if you prefer.
Shoe Storage Ideas for the Garage
This part of your home may be a refuge for yard equipment and maybe a car or two, but your garage can do so much more when it comes to storage! If you like kicking off your muddy boots or grassy cleats before they touch the kitchen floor, here are some ways to prevent the dreaded messy shoe pile from growing by the back door:
Install Storage Cabinets
Mount a few durable floor-to-ceiling vertical cabinets, and take your storage game to the next level. IKEA has options in various sizes with or without doors.
Use a Compartment-Style Shoe Organizer
A cubby shoe organizer is a great way to easily stash footwear before you enter the house. Place it right by the back door, so the kids — and the adults — have no excuse to leave a mess on the floor. This 24-pair shoe storage option from Wayfair even has room for your boots!
Try a Shoe Tray
If your family tends to only leave one or two pairs of shoes in the garage, a plastic shoe tray is perfect when it comes to dirty, sandy, or wet shoes. These are typically very affordable, like this shoe tray from Walmart, and you’ll love the absence of muddy tracks from your entryway.
Q: What is the best way to store expensive shoes?
A: Keeping expensive shoes in their original cardboard boxes sounds like the best shoe storage idea, but there are actually plenty of reasons why that’s not true. Think of it this way: You wear your shoes all around town (and who knows what you’re walking in), you bring them back home and immediately put them back in the cardboard box without cleaning them (because who does that?), and then you hop in the steamy shower in your bathroom next to the closet. All that moisture from your bathroom? And your trapped, dirty shoes in a cardboard box? That’s just begging for a mold situation. And, besides, don’t you want to see your beautiful shoes? For your very special pairs, store them in clear containers and toss those moisture-loving boxes to the curb!
This cute entryway bench does double-duty as a shoe rack.
Outdoor Shoe Storage Ideas
Not everyone has a garage or mudroom for collecting dirty tennis shoes or gardening clogs. Instead of leaving shoes hanging by the back door, keep them protected from the elements with these waterproof outdoor shoe storage ideas.
Get a Storage Cabinet
An outdoor storage cabinet, like this one from Wayfair, is great for tools, some gardening equipment, and your shoes. You can find options that are heavy-duty and able to stand up to anything, like that pesky sprinkler system. Put it on your patio or fit it right beside your back door to keep this storage option within reach but still fairly out of sight.
Put Those Shoes on the Bench
Ok, if you want to keep your shoes protected from the weather, you may not want to put them on a storage bench, but putting them inside is a great choice. Options like this one from Amazon that’s made of resin are tough and durable but still look nice outside of your home. Plus, you just added some extra seating!
Entryway and Mudroom Shoe Storage Ideas
Much like the garage, it’s easy for shoes to collect in a pile near the front or back door. While it’s convenient to have shoes in an entryway, it doesn’t necessarily make the best first impression for visitors. Don’t worry — we’re not going to tell you to stop keeping shoes by the main entry points of your home. There’s no need to fight the inevitable if you have the right organizational system. Instead, consider these creative shoe storage ideas:
Opt for a Sleek New Cabinet
If you think that shoe cabinets have to take away from your design aesthetic, think again. There are several higher-end options, like this one from Wayfair, that give you storage without sacrificing style. Some are even so discreet that it’s not abundantly clear that you’re using the piece for shoes.
Assign a Wicker Basket or Cute Bin to Each Family Member
That way, everyone can toss their shoes into the appropriate receptacle. Bonus points for labeling each basket with everyone’s name. It’s the same concept as kicking them off by the front door, just with a bit of Pinterest flair.
Repurpose a Display Case
If you’re not dealing with soiled sneakers and soggy rain boots, consider using a tall, thin cabinet as a shoe caddy. If your pairs are showroom-worthy, opt for glass-paneled doors. If they’re more mudroom than showroom, maybe go with a more discreet option.
Install Mounted Shoe Racks
If your entryway has a small nook, install some shelving or copper piping for a makeshift shoe rack that’s functional and stylish. If there’s space underneath the staircase, a tiered shoe rack is a great way to use this space.
Q: How do you store shoes when you have a small space?
A: If you feel like your space can barely contain more than a coat rack, fear not: Ultra-slim cabinets take up less room than traditional shoe racks and tilt open instead of sliding, so there’s even more small space functionality and efficiency. These also work well for other small spaces, such as coat closets.
Shoe Storage Ideas for Your Closet
If you have a large master closet with shoes lining the baseboards, it’s time to make some organizational changes. Go big or go home, right? Oh wait, you’re already home, so here are the best shoe storage ideas for larger closet spaces:
Invest in a Closet Shoe Organizer
Wondering, “How can I maximize my shoe storage in my closet?” If you have enough square footage inside your closet, we recommend a shoe organizer like this four-tier option from Kohl’s. But what if a walk-in closet isn’t an option? How do you store shoes in a small space? Use a narrow, adjustable rack like this one from Amazon.
Use Stacking Shoe Bins
If you have shoes that you don’t wear often and want to keep in pristine condition, store them in stackable bins to keep them dust-free. While this isn’t a feasible option for more than a few pairs, it’s a nice way to keep an expensive pair or two out of harm’s way.
Get a Shoe Cabinet
Use a shorter, open, cubby-like shoe cabinet for shoe storage. Either stack the cabinets on top of one another to maximize the vertical space or use the cabinet top as a table for jewelry, hair accessories, perfume, and anything else you can think of. It’s practical and chic!
Don’t Call Susan Lazy
A rotating shoe rack is a great way to keep your favorite pairs front and center. Once you get tired of them, just give your tray a little twist. These racks come in several sizes and are perfect for closet corners.
From DIY to luxury glam, there are a host of options for putting shelves in your closet. You can have a company create a customized plan for your closet or purchase some ready-made shelving at a home improvement store.
Pro Tip: When you’re finished with the shelves, display your pairs of shoes with one toe facing out and one heel facing out. It saves space (and looks cool).
Q: What is the best way to store shoes?
A: There’s not one perfect way to store shoes — that’s why we call them the best shoe storage ideas (plural) to ensure there’s something for everyone. It all depends on factors like how much space you have, how many shoes you own, and how accessible your shoes need to be. Do you live in a studio apartment? You may prefer a DIY platform bed. Larger family with kids who typically drop their shoes (and everything else they’re lugging) right by the front door? You could definitely take advantage of a hanging shoe storage solution for the back of the nearby coat closet door.
Creative Shoe Storage Ideas
Looking for shoe storage ideas that are a little more out-of-the-(shoe)-box? Here’s some inspo that’ll get your creative juices flowing. Find the situation that’s right for you!
For Baby and Toddler Shoes
Little feet have little shoes that won’t fit neatly on traditional racks and can get lost when thrown in with the adult pairs. For these tiny shoes, try clear storage bins like these from Target. Giving them their own space will keep them from getting smushed, lost, or forgotten.
For Those Who Plan Ahead
Choosing your outfits for the week on a Sunday evening or Monday is a great time-saving hack. But where do you put the ensembles? A rolling clothes rack is a tidy way to showcase your selections, plus it offers additional shoe storage. Whether you’re getting ready for the work week or a vacation, this proactive step looks good on so many levels.
For the Luxe Shoe Collector
If you have several highly coveted pairs of shoes and want to show them off, build a custom shoe display with lighting. If your closet already has shoe shelving, you can install vertical or horizontal LED lighting strips along the base of the shelves. Bonus points for adding a very small lift on each shelf row to tilt the shoes up slightly.
Now, Dig a Little Deeper
Getting clever with shoe storage can make a world of difference, but what if the real problem isn’t so much “lack of storage” as it is “too much stuff”? The best way to have an organized home is to hold an overall heavy-duty decluttering session. The fewer items you’re working with, the easier it is to create and maintain order, no matter what storage ideas you want to implement.
Sure, it may seem overwhelming, but there are lots of great tips out there to help you decide what stays, what goes, and what should simply be packed away and stored until you need it. Need to spread out a little while you go through everything? Consider using a portable storage container. It can stay right in your driveway for as long as you need it, and it can be a wonderful tool for helping you categorize your things. After all, tackling your shoes may only be the start of your decluttering adventures — and give you just the right amount of momentum you need to tackle everything else!
Want more organization tips? From sorting through your kitchen stuff to having a successful garage sale, we have plenty of storage-specific tips and tricks to share with you on the PODS Blog.
LB Gabriel is a freelance writer who lives with her husband, daughter, and Golden Retriever in Memphis, TN. A frequent PODS Blog contributor, she's a sucker for any tip she can find on downsizing, cutting clutter, or minimalist living. When she's not on a deadline, you can find her on a tennis court or golf course.