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How to Store Shoes

Store and Organize Your Shoes and Boots

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Storing shoes has always been a challenge for me. Living in a 4-season climate, I have so many different types of shoes and no 1 storage scheme worked properly. In this guide, I cover how to declutter and organize your shoe collection, and then ways to mix and max storage options based on your collection. Godspeed!

Where to Store Shoes

Expandable Stacking Shoe Rack
Photo / Container Store

I've made this pretty easy for you by suggesting storage spaces for every type of shoe you could own, based on the following:

  • The size of the shoe -- different heights and widths dictate different shoe rack sizes and other storage options; and,
  • Where you wear that particular shoe -- outdoor shoes should be stored closer to the door so they dont track any "elements" into your home.

How to Organize Your Shoes

Petra Bindel via desire to inspire

Before you think about storing your shoes, you've got to get them organized. This includes:

  1. Decluttering (aka, donating the pairs you no longer love and wear)
  2. Grouping similar pairs together: like flip flops, boots, ballet flats, wrok shoes, etc.
  3. Comparing storage solutions
  4. Mainaiting your shoe orgaization.

Most people tend to skip directly to step 3, which seems like the most fun, but, by decluttering your shoes first, you'll be free from buying storage solutions for shoes and boots you no longer wear. Why continue to lend storage space to object you're not going to use?  

You can also read shoe storage tips from readers.

Shoe Storage Solutions

Rakku Shoe Wheel
Photo / Rakku

There are 3 key items of information to consider when choosing the right shoe storage:

  1. How many shoes do you need to store?
    You simply need to count your pairs you have (after decluttering) and take stock of how many pairs need to fit on that shoe rack or bench.
  2. How much storage space do you have?
    Do you need to break your shoes up inot different storage spaces? Can you fit them all into one spot?Is that practical? Do you have the room to turn a space into a shoe closet?
  3. How big are your shoes?
    Do you collect cowboy boots or ballet flats? Or both? The actual size of your shoes will determine what type of

Your can read how I organize my shoes in Mix Up Your Shoe Storage

Boot Storage Solutions

Boot Rack
Photo / David Prince for Real Simple

There are different types of storage solutions for boots based on the height, the material of the boot, and the boot's function.

  • Is it a sturdy fabric like a rubber rain boot or a tough leather cowboy boot? Those boots can usually be stored upright on their own.
  • How tall is this boot? Tall or over-the-knee boots constructed of softer or more pliable leather may need a little extra help to keep their shape while in storage and may not fit into traditional storage solutions.
  • Does it often collect dirt, mud, rain or snow? That will affect your storage space because you'll want to keep dirtier boots from tracking outside elements onto your carpet or hardwood floors.

I go through every type of boot in How to Store Boots

How to Choose a Shoe Rack

Whitmor Over-the-Door 36-Pair Shoe Rack
Photo / Meijer

Shoe racks and surprisingly diverse. They come is sveral different types of materials and all different shapes and sizes

  • Hanging Shoe Racks
  • Over the Door Shoe Racks
  • Floor shoe racks

I had no idea the amount of diversity until I started researching, but it makes sense: people have widely varying closet set ups and closet storage space. These are the top picks in each style. 

    Reader Stories: Shoe & Boot Storage

    Shoe Storage Cubbie Bench
    Photo / Visiondecor Furniture

    I always get new ideas for shoes organization perusing friends and clients' houses. Here are a few of my favorites:

    • Flip flop buckets
    • Cowboy boots on a bookcase
    • Handbags and fancy high heels displayed artfully in a glass-doored cabinet
    • Shoes stored in an un-used oven

    One of our readers might have the perfect shoe storage solutions for you. Find out by perusing their stories and share your own methods for shoes.

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