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8 Clever Ways to Organize Your Shoe Collection

The Moteph fabric basket, The HOLDN' STORAGE underbed shoe organizer, and the Type A Over-the-Door shoe rack.

Three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and shoes will take over your home. Okay, that last one might not be true for everyone, but shoe storage is definitely a challenge for many. Luckily, there are quite a few ways you can tackle your shoe-overflow problem.

Kicking off your kicks as soon as you enter the house is convenient, but quickly leads to a pile of sneakers everyone trips over. And what about those dressy and seasonal shoes you rarely wear but can’t get rid of?

From cubby benches and ottomans to baskets, there are a number of storage solutions for shoes that are way cuter than a boring plastic bin. Below are some of our faves!

A Rack

Black shoe rack with three levels holding five pairs of shoes.
Homemaid Living

This shoe rack from Homemaid Living is compact and easy to put together. The minimalistic bamboo design will be appropriate for any home decor and it comes in three different colors.

The heavy-duty benchtop supports everything from more shoes to someone sitting down to slip on their slides. You can also cleanly stack multiple racks side by side if you need more storage space.

A Cubby Bench

White cubby bench with gray padded top

For a different bench style, try this cubby option. The clean design is modern and works well for entryways, hallways, and bedrooms. The shelves come in multiple sizes which allows you to fit sneakers, heels, and boots. You can also fit several pairs of flats or sandals in each. The benchtop is padded for comfort and removable for easy cleaning.

A Hanging Organizer

Two hanging shoe racks in closets.

If you have limited space in your closet, but tons of shoes, grab this hanging shoe organizer by Whitmor. Its vertical design takes up minimal space, but it still holds 30 pairs of shoes!

If you don’t have that many boots or clogs, you can use the extra shelves for sweaters, jeans, or really, anything else that will fit. It’s also foldable and easy to transport, so you can hang it virtually anywhere. It’s also available in Cream.

A Storage Ottoman

A black storage ottoman with a teacup and saucer on top.

The YOUDENOVA storage ottoman makes a great addition to any home with a lack of space. You can put anything you want inside (including shoes) and completely hide it from view. And, of course, with all those shoes safely tucked away, you can use it as, well, an ottoman, a stool, or a chair.

It can support up to 350 pounds of weight when the top is on. It’s also a good place to store any shoes you don’t wear as often to keep them out of the way.

A Display Rack

A display rack on a wall holding four pairs of shoes

This cool display rack by mDesign is perfect for showing off your favorite kicks. It only holds four pairs of shoes, though, so it’s not the most efficient storage option if you have a large family.

What it is ideal for, though, is keeping any expensive shoes safe from getting accidental scuffs or marks. The strong steel wire is also easy to clean and will last for years.

An Underbed Organizer

The Underbed Organizer with shows inside.

The space under your bed is a fantastic place to store anything, but it also works for all those extra pairs of flip-flops and sandals! This flat organizer from HOLDN’ STORAGE easily slides under most beds and will hold at least 16 pairs of shoes.

The sturdy fabric can be shoved around and won’t tear. Plus, the top cover is clear so you can see the full inventory easily. It’s great for storing off-season shoes or anything you don’t wear often.

A Fabric Storage Basket

The gray Moteph Shoe Organizer on a shelf in a closet.

If you want a more compact, yet stylish option, throw your shoes in this fabric basket by Moteph. It can hold up to 16 pairs of shoes and has adjustable compartments to help you keep everything organized.

The clear plastic cover makes everything easy to see, and the multiple handles on the sides make it easy to pull out of your closet or transport when necessary. You can also fold it flat when you aren’t using it to save space.

An Over-the-Door Rack

Shoe rack hanging on back of door
Type A

Turn any door into a large shoe storage option with this over-the-door rack by Type A. You can (as the name implies) simply hang it over a standard door or reinforce it with screws, if you want to go that route.

It can hold up to 24 pairs of shoes and the nonslip bars will hold them in place. Rubber stops at the bottom prevent it from moving around and scratching up the door. It’s also great for anyone with a lot of shoes and limited space.

Anne Taylor Anne Taylor
Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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