Friday, September 14, 2012

7 Storage Solutions for the Shoe Lover

pile of shoes

You know, I kept thinking I wasn't really a shoe person. And then I looked in my closet. And the other closet. And the basket under the bed. — Amber Naslund

If you're a "shoe person" who struggles with storage, I've got some ideas for you.

lazy susan for shoes

For something really out of the ordinary, take a look at the Lazy Shoezen. We know lazy Susans can be effective organizing tools for other items — why not for shoes? And Leonard says it will hold over 36 pairs of shoes.

If you cringe at the price and you're a do-it-yourselfer, you can buy plans from Leonard Parker rather than buying the finished product; Bob "The Builder" Willey also sells plans for a similar product.

red epoxy metal shoe rack for 10 pairs

For an eye-catching display of a smaller number of shoes, take a look at this epoxy metal shoe rack from Perigot. It's also available in black and in white.

eucalyptus shoe rack and shoe bench

Want something more conventional? This eucalyptus shoe rack and shoe bench both look quite nice.

portable shoe rack

I'm also intrigued by the Stepper portable shoe rack.

shoe storage ottoman

Another storage approach is the shoe ottoman; this one comes from Lilly Pulitzer Home. The 16 pockets can hold 8-16 pairs of shoes, depending on the style.

shoe tidy wood cabinet

At the higher end of the price spectrum, there's the gorgeous Wave shoe tidy by Tom Schneider.

breathable collapsible shoe boxes

And finally, let's remember the simple shoe box. The shoe boxes from Total Wardrobe Care have much to recommend them. They're made of breathable material. They're collapsible. And "there is a clear front panel at one end and a large clear pocket at the other end for a description card or photograph, so you can find what you are looking for with ease."  [via Sarah Harris at the New York Times; image consultant Michele Benza pointed me to that article]

Lead photo by little blue hen / Stacy, found on Flickr, licensed via Creative Commons

Related Posts:
The Definitive Guide: 15 Ways to Store the Shoes
Stashing the Shoes: Yet More Options
Fancy-Schmancy Shoe Storage for Your Closet
Storing Shoes of All Shapes and Sizes
7 Creative Ways to Store Your Shoes


Unknown said...

I love this, Jeri! I'm a serious "shoe person" or "shoe fanatic". I own at least 25 pairs of shoes and I'm sure there will be more in the near future, so in the middle of planning to organize my closet, I was trying to find a way to organize my shoes. This was a great lead. Thanks.

JustGail said...

Is it wrong to be looking at the Shozen and think "Nice!" followed shortly by "I bet they could have put twice as many shoes on it if they'd have put them in heels first." ?

I have a chair in the bedroom, so it's not an issue for me, but I really do like those shoe storage units that you can use to sit on as well.