Shoe Storage Ideas for Organizing Your Space

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Getting your shoes organized gives you a satisfaction of neatness and the advantage to easily spot the right shoe you want to put on for the day. You don't want the hustle of stumbling overshoes while in the house and shoes scattered all over. We all have the dream of a walk-in closet with pairs of shoes we own. When you take your time to organize your shoes, it's when you realize you own a mall of shoes.

If your closet is small, you might consider clever solutions of storage to save on space. In exploring this idea, you will be able to keep a lot of shoes at bay. Having an idea on how best to store and organize your shoes can help because, at times, you need the blink of a thought. Getting home to a disorganized room with shoes all over is stressful already. The following ideas and products will blow your mind on shoe organization, so you won't have to hustle and disorganize your whole arrangement to get your favorite pair of shoes.

With all these said, let us explore some shoe storage ideas.

1. Best for under the bed: Woffit Under The Bed Shoe Organizer

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If you are trying to maximize space in your closet and the shoes don't fit it, then it's time to use the Woffit Under-the-Bed Shoe organizer instead. This shoe organizer comes with two durable fabric bins that you can slide underneath the bed frame. Apart from that, you can fit 16 pairs of shoes plus four pairs of boots in the compartments. So you get your shoes stored neatly, plus you remain organized.

The organizers are big enough to allow you to fit all kinds of shoes inside the compartments. For example, one bin can carry up to 16 sections for regular shoes such as flats or sneakers. The other compartment, which can carry up to four large shoes such as boots and heels, is big enough for the same purposes.

The pieces are made from durable fabric with easy-to-move-around handles for convenience. They also are covered with clear vinyl to enable you to see inside the organizer.


  • Saves space.
  • Fits a lot of shoes: 10 pairs
  • Big enough for maximum storage.
  • Made from durable fabric
  • Clear visibility for easy shoe selection.


  • It might be cumbersome to keep bending underneath to take shoes.

2. Best Shoe Storage Bench: Convenience Concepts Oxford Utility Mudroom Bench

Convenience Concepts Oxford Utility Mudroom Bench,...
  • Part of the Oxford Collection by Convenience Concepts
  • Displays a contemporary style to uplift any home decor
  • Constructed from MDF/solid wood/non-lead based paint
  • Easy Assembly
  • 35.5 (L) x 12 (W) x 17 (H) inches x Weight: 12 lbs.

There's a comfort that comes with removing your shoes after a long day. In some cases, you kick off your shoes as you walk in because of the hurry to get in. Here comes the Convenience Concepts Oxford Mudroom Bench that will help you relax, taking off your shoes while comfortably seated. The sturdy bench has two open shelves to line up pairs of shoes and comfortably seat while putting them on and out again.

The bench measures 35-1/2*12*17 inches and weighs 12 pounds so that you can move it around easily. The material of the bench is of wood and medium-density fiberboard. It is available in various colors that suit your space liking: blue, red, brown, and grey. If you are into classy design, you can settle for it because of its plastic legs and a slatted top that can fit three or four pairs on each shelf.


  • Allows you to sit while removing your shoes.
  • Lightweight so can be moved to any room swiftly.
  • Classy design.


  • Takes up space.

3. Best for minimal Spaces: Sunbeam 12-Tier 36 Pair Overdoor Shoe Organizer

Sunbeam Door' 36-Pair Shoe Rack [Misc.], White
  • Sunbeam, 36 Pair Shoe Rack; Over The Door Shoe Rack Fits Over Any...
  • White Metal Frame Construction
  • Measures At 37.5X 7.5X 22.5
  • Product Dimension: 37.5"L X 7.5"W X 22.5"H

If you have a small space and do not know how to organize your shoes to fit in one place, Sunbeam 12-Tier is the choice to go. The 12-Tier shoe organizer saves on space by hanging over the door. Due to its design can fit in small spaces as you can hook it on the back of any door. It can hold a maximum of 36 pairs at a go.

Sunbeam 12-Tier shoe rack is made from a plastic frame with metal rods for extra strength. Another advantage is that it comes with hangers that allow you to attach it to any door. The unit has 12 shelves, which can fit every three pairs of shoes. An additional advantage is the slip-proof coating on the rods that prevent your shoes from falling back or sliding off the rack.


  • It is space-saving.
  • It can fit a lot of pairs of shoes at once.
  • It can fit in any vertical space.
  • Has a slip-off coating that prevents shoes from falling off the rack.


  • Not favorable for outdoor shoes such as tall boots.

4. Best Rack: Amazon Basics 50-Pair Shoe Rack Organizer

Amazon Basics 50-Pair Shoe Rack Organzier
  • 50-pair shoe rack keeps shoes organized
  • Made of metal with a chrome finish
  • 10 tiers to neatly organize your shoes
  • Portable, rolling design with locking wheels; store in your room...
  • Measures 35.8 x 14.6 x 59.5 inches (LxWxH)

If you have a large collection of shoes, the Amazon Basics 50-Pair Shoe Rack has fit up to 50 pairs of shoes at a go, keeping them organized on its shelves. The composition of this shoe rack is of a plastic frame with fabric shelves measuring 59-1/2*35-1/2*12 inches -that will possibly occupy a lot of space.

This shoe rack is unique from other shoe racks because it holds the shoes at a specific place. It has fabric compartments that prevent the shoe from falling between the shelves. It is a common issue with racks with bars; they leave spaces between shoes to fall. They also have 5-1/2 inches of space to fit small shoes such as sandals, wedges, and heels. They have a wide width that can fit shoes up to men's size 13.

According to reviewers, the rack can be split into two different compartments creating two smaller shoe racks.


  • Has fabric compartments that prevent shoes from falling sideways.
  • Has a wider space for extra storage.
  • It is durable.


  • It can occupy a large space.

5. Best Shoe Boxes for storage: The Container Store Our Shoe Box

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  • Clear stackable design to help maximize your space. Stack or use...
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  • Made of durable High Quality strong plastic material. Practically...

Are you having issues with where to store your shoes inside your closet? The solution is you can use container storage and still maintain an organized arrangement. You can consider shoe boxes from The container store; these containers are 13 by 7-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches big to mean they will comfortably accommodate your flat shoes. Another advantage is the plastic they are in is clear, allowing you to spot quickly the shoe you are looking for.

Organizing your closet space can be easy if you have these enclosed containers as aesthetically speaking, they make the whole place look beautiful and neat. These shoeboxes are the simplest but perform effectively in storage. You can arrange them on top of each other to appear organized as they stack perfectly. In addition, they allow you to save on space by either putting them on the floor or on top of a shelf. The shoe box is also strong and durable and can serve you for years, even for other purposes.

Moreover, if you want to store high heels, long boots, or other bulky shoes, you can purchase the tall box ranges with the same length and width but are 8-1/4 inches tall.


  • Clear box to enable you to see through the shoes you want.
  • Saves on space as you stack them together.
  • Strong and durable


  • The tall boxes can be space-consuming.

Factors to consider when organizing your shoes.

1. Downsize Your Shoe Inventory

The first step is to select what shoe type is frequently worn or the worn-out ones. This idea of separation and selection holds for shoe organizing. G through your shoes by separating the dirty ones from the clean ones.

Consider the shoe types such as sneakers, flats, converse by separating them into pairs. You might remove those you have outgrown, or you don't wear them frequently to minimize the crowd. You might consider donating footwear that is still good, but you don't use to create ample space for the remaining ones. In doing this, you will instantly have ample room for your shoe organizing.

2. Use a Hanging Shoe Organizer to Hang Your Shoes

If you want to use your minimal space for the latter, you might consider having a hanging shoe rack. Your shoes might look disorganized if you have a small space, yet you want to fit them on your closet floor. They will form a pile and end up looking disorganized. Hanging shoe organizers fit neatly beside your closet, and they have pocket-like hooks that you can fit beside your closet door.

In the case of tall boots that may lose their shape when toppled up against other shoes, you might use a hanger to hang them on top of the rods. But, again, the idea is space-saving.

3. Organize Your Shoes with Shoe Racks

A shoe rack is another factor to consider while organizing your shoes; this holds shoes neatly in position. You get to neatly organize your shoes as per shoe type while taking up minimal space. They exist a lot of designs to choose from according to your liking. Shoe racks range from vertical ones to narrow stands that swivel and to the units.

For effective organization, place your shoe rack inside the main entrance of your door to hold shoes that see the most use and are worn frequently. These shoes are such as flip-flops, running shoes. In doing this, you will save on space in your closet area.

4. Install Shelves to Store Shoes

Arranging your shoes on shelves is another idea of maximizing space and can make a difference in organizing your shoes effectively. You can install the shelves in your closet walls to use the space on the sides of the closet and below the hanging clothes. By doing this, you will ensure you have enough space to fit in all pairs of shoes. If installing shelves is not an option because you are renting a house, you can convert an old bookshelf to a shoe rack and fit in more pairs.

5. Store Shoes in Their Boxes

If you are out of space and want to store shoes neatly, you might consider the boxes you buy those shoes in. When you get your shoes in boxes, please do not throw the boxes away but instead use them to organize some of your shoes. For example, you can store shoes that you don't wear daily in those boxes to save space on those you wear frequently. To make retrieval easier, try attaching pictures of your shoes in those boxes. Rather, you can purchase clear boxes for storing shoes.

Frequently asked questions on shoe organizing.

1. How do I keep shoes clean and organized?

When storing shoes, remember to keep them in a cool, dry place. If you have ample space, consider storing them on shelves or cubbies. If your space is small, make an over-the-door shoe organizer with many pockets or shoe containers on the floor of your closet. Shoes should always be stored while clean to look neat and organized.

2. Where should I store shoes in the house?

Most people consider placing their shoe racks at the front door of the house because it is easy to remove or put the shoes back on while leaving or entering the house. However, it all depends on your house layout; you can also place the shoe rack outside if the layout of your organization does not allow it to be fitted inside.

3. How do I organize my shoes by category?

To achieve this, you have to start by sorting the shoes in terms of color. It allows you to spot what exactly you are looking for quickly. So start by separating the shoes in terms of sneakers, boots, flats, heels, or sport shoes. After achieving that arrange them in their specific categories with the same colors on the same side.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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