You get home after a long day at work or your last gym visit, and you take your (slightly smelly) shoes off and, wherever they land, they stay. Your new, stylish Tretorn Loyola 2.0 Sneakers are now in the middle of your living room, or in the closet, on top of your backpack. Perhaps it is time for some valuable shoe storage ideas that will help to keep your place looking neat and tidy.
One of the most important shoe storage rules is to keep your shoes off the floor. Shoes become dangerous tripping hazards when left on the floor, and they can also get scuffed up easily....but where should you put your sandals, sneakers & dress shoes?
The all-time favourite shoe storage option is, of course, the shoe rack. Shoe racks come in all shapes and sizes, so you can easily find one that fits your needs and space. You can go for a simple and cheap wooden or metal one that you can put together yourself, or you can splurge on a designer shoe rack that will be the envy of all your friends. There are also hanging shoe racks that only take up small amounts of space. You can easily paint or spray paint your new shoe rack to make it match your décor. However, there is one slight problem that you are going to have with your next shiny new shoe rack; shoes with heels, even slight ones like the heels of the Laraline Chelsea Boots, as well as other types of boots, are going to have a tough time staying on the rack. The end result is going to be a lot of toppled shoes and, eventually, a very frustrated you.
By following the next steps and our great shoe storage ideas, you will be able to keep your shoes off the floor, well organised and in good condition for years to come.
Organize your Shoes
Organizing your shoes will help you to know exactly what shoes you have, where they should be stored, and how to store them.
Usually, 2-3 categories are more than enough. One category could be ‘everyday shoes’, which would include your sneakers such as the Ankir Sprinter Sneakers and loafers like Un-Anchor. The second category could be ‘dress shoes' or 'office shoes' where shoes like the Tully Lace-Ups would go. The last category could be 'shoes for special occasions', which would include your party shoes, heels, and other such shoes.
Obviously, the shoes that should be the easiest to access are your everyday shoes, as you will be wearing them most often. You should bear this in mind when you go through the following shoe storage ideas.
What is the proper way to store shoes?
Before you store your shoes away, make sure that they are clean and dry. This will help to prevent the development of mould or mildew. Your shoes stay in better condition when they are stored properly, so it is worth taking the time to clean them.
Over the door shoe organisers make use of previously wasted space. Shoe pockets or bags can also be hung on coat hangers and stored in your closet. If you have a big family, shoe baskets might be the way to go. Shoe baskets are large enough to store several pairs of shoes, and they can be easily stored under a bed or in a closet. You can even add a name tag to the basket so your little ones will be able to find their shoes more easily.
There are also well-designed shoe cabinets that look like pieces of furniture. Shoe cabinets are a fantastic option for larger spaces that can accommodate them. Shoe cabinets usually come with doors that can be closed, which helps to keep your shoes dust-free and private.
How do you store shoes in a small space?
In particular, small spaces require special shoe-storage measurements. The top shelf of your closet is one fantastic option. Most of the time, the top shelves are simply wasted space. Put your Kenneth Cole Cheer Lace Up Dress Shoes back in the shoebox and keep them safe and sound on the top shelf. You can easily store multiple pairs of shoes on the top shelf, as long as they are in their shoeboxes.
Another great option for small spaces is under-the-bed shoe storage. If you have gotten rid of the shoe boxes, you can also place your shoes in a see-through plastic box. Your favourite pair of Khombu shoes will be much easier to find, plus plastic boxes fit perfectly under most beds.
...or put your shoes in the bin! Not a real bin, of course. Shoe bins are often transparent, so you can show-off your new and fabulous Captain Boots while keeping your shoes organised and in one place. Shoe bins are often stackable, so you can make the most of your vertical space.
If you are a shoe collector or shoe enthusiast, sorting through your shoes might be a scary thought. But once you have sorted them into categories and assessed your storage needs, it will be much easier to find the perfect storage solution for your home.