3 Best Ways to Store Your Shoes

Whether you’re going to work, heading to the gym, or running errands, you need a pair of shoes. Because most activities require a different kind of footwear, shoes start to pile up, either near the door or in your room. Now you have the difficult task of figuring out the best ways to store your shoes in an efficient and organized way. 

You’ll want to make sure that you are storing your shoes properly to maximize their life but also to prevent your house and closets from looking messy. Let’s evaluate shoe storage ideas including organizers and custom closets

What Is the Best Way to Store Shoes?

The best way to store shoes is with a shoe organizer. Every room should have shoe storage appropriate for that room.

Organizers come in many shapes, sizes, and forms and keep your shoes off the floor and easy to find. They can be perfect for a child’s closet to keep all of their various shoes together since smaller shoes may lead to losing a match easier in a messy closet. Hang an organizer on the back of the closet door or from the closet rack.

Shoe organizers don’t just have to be for your or your child’s closet. If you’re worried about the look, you can opt for a more stylish organizer to place in your living room. There are even ones that resemble a bookshelf. 

A little shoe organizer outside for everyone’s sandals, crocs, or boots, can also reduce clutter. 

With plenty of options, you won’t have to compromise on design when it comes to keeping your shoes organized.

1. Mudroom Shoe Storage

Shoe organizers can be a great start to calming down an unorganized mess, but there are only so many shoes they can hold. Plus, no one really takes their shoes off and immediately walks upstairs to put them away. This is where mudroom shoe storage comes in. We all hate when the shoes pile up in the mudroom or entryway, creating mounds of clutter and an unpleasant eye sore. Thinking outside the box and perhaps reconfiguring your mudroom storage options will be just what you need.

If you have a smaller entryway and not much space, consider adding a bench that either has a rack underneath for shoes or even a seat that opens up so you can hide them. This way, you can keep your shoes off the floor where people could trip. 

On the other hand, if you have a larger mudroom, you have a little more leeway with storage options. If you don’t already have them, consider creating lockers for each family member that has a place for a basket. That way, they can put their own shoes in their specific area rather than everyone’s shoes being tossed into the same bin.

Insider tip: Since most people’s mudrooms are off the garage, consider putting a wire shelf by the door in the garage to put snow and rain boots on. This way, they can dry off properly without getting your floors all wet and dirty.

2. Shoe Storage for Small Spaces

Are you living in a home or apartment with limited space? Find a cute corner shelving unit to stick in an unused corner of your living room or entryway and use that to store the shoes you and your family use most frequently. 

Another option is to use net storage. Put up a net in your closet to make use of that empty ceiling space, and fill the net with shoes, boots, or slippers you aren’t using. When the seasons change, rotate which shoes are in the net. 

3. Multifunctional Storage Options

Everyone loves furniture that has multiple purposes. There are adorable reading benches that will fit in perfectly with the decor of your living room but also serve an additional purpose. The bench lifts up, revealing a ton of storage space for extra shoes, slippers, or boots.

Grab a cubby organizer and use the cubbies for your shoes, then place picture frames or other decorations on the top shelf. You could also use the top shelf for storing your purse or work bag, so everything you need is right at your fingertips when you leave in the morning.

You can also repurpose old furniture to use for shoe storage. Do you have an old wine rack in your wine cellar that’s no longer being used? Turn it into a shoe rack for any seasonal pairs, and keep them in the cellar when they aren’t needed. 

Bonus Option: The Shoe Closet 

Now that we’ve covered the bases with shoe organizers and upgraded your mudroom storage, it’s time to break out the big guns with a custom shoe closet. 

Whether you have a large shoe collection or a large family, a shoe closet might do just the trick when it comes to getting organized. The best part about a shoe closet is you can customize it to your exact needs and style preferences.

Wire shelving is a great option for storing shoes because it requires less maintenance, doesn’t collect as much dust and debris, provides ventilation, and can be configured to any closet. 

If you want a shoe closet that is geared more towards showing off your shoes, then laminate shelving may be the way to go. 

Laminate shelving gives a more elegant, built-in look and would be great for showcasing some of your favorite shoe styles. Just like wire shelving, it can be customized to fit any closet or space.

All You Need to Know about Storage

If you are someone who has a large collection you want to show off or you just need a more efficient way to store your family’s shoes, Harkraft can help! Get more closet storage tips today.