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21 Outstanding Shoe Storage Ideas (Never Lose Shoes Again)

Custom built floor-to-ceiling shoe shelf

Women apparently own on average, 20 pairs of shoes. Men, on average, own 12 pairs. I own 13 pairs of shoes. I’m a guy so I’m spot on in the average range.

That means the average adult couple has a combined 32 pairs of shoes kicking around the house. If there are kids, add another 10 to 20 pairs. That’s upwards of 50 pairs of shoes in the house. Yikes, that’s literally a mountain of shoes.

No wonder shoe storage is such a popular topic.

When it comes to shoe storage, you gotta be strategic. There are three main types of shoe storage (i.e. strategies for better organization). They are:

  1. Shoes currently in use:  These are the shoes and boots you’ll realistically wear within the next month or even week. They should be put in a convenient place near your home’s exits. Viable storage mechanisms include cabinets, benches, and trees.
  2. Shoes not in season:  These are the shoes you definitely won’t wear for the next few months due to weather. These are shoes you can safely stash away under the bed or in boxes.
  3. Event shoes:  These are shoes you may wear in any given week; perhaps dress shoes or some sport shoe you use for a specific activity. These shoes you want to store in a place that’s convenient to find (i.e. not stashed way under your bed), but also not taking up valuable entryway space. Viable options include in your closet, a footlocker, shoe rack or shoe cabinet.

Now let’s dive into the specifics of shoe organization options. There are many. Our list below includes photo examples.

Shoe Racks

Racks come in all sizes, materials, capacity and styles. They’re usually not the prettiest given they’re geared toward storing many pairs vs. looking good. I tend to prefer the wood varieties. As for size, a lower rack is better for a foyer or mudroom, but a tall rack could be good in a bedroom or storage room.


The open shoe rack is a very simple structure – a frame with shelves or bars. It’s not enclosed. These can look great like the one below and are fairly inexpensive. Racks are also great because you can store a lot of shoes in very little space. They’re one of the most efficient options.

BirdRock Home 4 Tier Bamboo Shoe Rack | Home Storage Organization | Natural Durable Environmentally Friendly Organizer | Fits 9-12 Shoes


A closed shoe rack is more like a shoe shelf. It offers cubbies or contained sections for each pair.

ClosetMaid 8929 Stackable 15-Unit Organizer, Espresso

Revolving Shoe Rack

For the ultimate in shoe storage efficiency, check out this revolving shoe rack.

Revolving shoe rack

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Shoe Cabinets

A shoe cabinet can store a good amount of shoes and look good. But they generally cost more than a rack. In addition to choosing by storage capacity, there are 4 types of shoe cabinets:

Regular (open face)

TXT&BAZ 36-Pairs Portable Shoe Rack Covered Double Row with Nonwoven Fabric Cover (7-Tiers Black)

Fully enclosed

Fully enclosed shoe cabinet

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Wall-Mounted (floating)

Wall mounted floating shoe cabinet sept6

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Benches – Ideal for Entryway Shoe Storage

The bench solution is ideal for mudrooms and main entryways. They serve as a seat and storage. We have one in our foyer and it’s fantastic. I’m a HUGE fan of storage benches because they look good, I’m always game for having a seat and they store stuff. They’re what I call a triple threat in the world of storage.

There are three basic types – open, partially open and closed. Here are examples of each.


SONGMICS 3-Tier Bamboo Shoe Rack Bench,Shoe Organizer,Storage Shelf,Holds Up to 264 Lbs, Ideal for Entryway Hallway Bathroom Living Room and Corridor Brown ULBS04Z

Partially open

ClosetMaid 1569 Cubeicals 3-Cube Storage Bench, White


Baxton Studio Margaret Modern & Contemporary Wood 2-Door Shoe Cabinet with Faux Leather Seating Bench, White

Shoe Tree

Shoe tree for shoe storage and organization sept6

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Hanging Shoe Organizers

The hanging shoe organizers are efficient because they are placed in locations that are otherwise wasted space and can store many pairs, but I find them clumsy. We have several of these and I don’t use them.

There are 3 main types of hanging shoe organizers. They are:

1. Rack style

The hanging rack is my favorite hanging type of shoe storage. That doesn’t mean much because overall, I’m not big on any hanging storage. I don’t like things clanking on the door when I open or close them.

Hanging over the door shoe rack

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2. Pockets

The pockets look like a good idea, but I’m not a big fan. Maybe because my shoes don’t fit in them well. As you can see below, they really only accommodate flatter shoes. Don’t expect to get your large sneakers or hiking shoes in there.

Hanging over the door pocket style shoe organizer

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3. Shelves

And yet another seemingly good idea, but we have these hanging shelves and I fnd they are flimsy and take up a lot of space. I prefer a rack or cabinet any day of the week.

Hanging shoe shelf

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Boxes for Shoe Storage

For shoes you don’t need currently, boxes are a viable and inexpensive way to store your shoes so they’re out of the way. You can stack boxes so it’s also efficient. Just be sure to label them otherwise you’ll never find them. A box is a box is a box… not really. You can opt for fabric, plastic or wood shoe boxes. Also, some store one pair while others multiple pairs. Check out some examples:


Household Essentials Set of Four Small Shoe Storage Boxes, Natural Canvas with Brown Trim


Whitmor Clear Vue Shoe Box - Heavy Duty Stackable Shoe Storage - (Set of 4)

Underbed Shoe Storage

These are flat storage options that slide under beds. They’re all pretty much the same in shape except some are larger (i.e. more storage capacity).

TIP:  Get one with a clear top like the example below. This saves you time looking for something in the event you have several of these under the bed or in the closet.

Ziz Home Under Bed Shoe Organizer for Kids and Adults (12 Pairs) – Underbed Shoes Closet Storage Solution - Made of Breathable Materials with Front Zippered Closure – Easy to Assemble


Footlockers can store all kinds of things. They are basically large chests and come in wood, metal or plastic. I love the wood ones. Some are plain and only functional while others are stylish and can double as a piece of furniture. Our example below doubles as a coffee table.

Footlocker for shoe storage doubling as a coffee table.

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Boot Tray

Boot trays don’t store all that much but they help protect your floor from water and mud. It’s good to have one or two of these in the house during wet months. Here’s a stylish example.

Stylish boot tray

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Built-in Shoe Shelf

If your budget allows and you have well above the average number of shoes, you might get a built-in shoe shelf in your bedroom, closet or elsewhere. Below is a great example of such a shelf. By my count, the example below stores about 50 to 54 pairs of shoes and boots. Notice the boot storage bottom shelf.

Custom built floor-to-ceiling shoe shelf

Closet Organizer with Shoe Storage

If you’re designing a closet, be sure to reserve some storage space and features for shoes. Below is an example of squeezing in some shoe shelves within the massive organization system. See more closet systems here.

Walk-In Closet Shoe Storage

The ultimate shoe storage is a custom design and built shelving and cabinets in a large walk-in closet. Take a look at the example below. Now that’s an elegant way to organize your shoes. I count 40 pairs of shoes stored in the example below. It’s easy to access and everything is immaculately organized.

shoe storage in a walk-in-closetAdditional Considerations

Function, form or both?

As you can see above, some shoe organizers look better than others. The high storage volume racks for 50+ pairs don’t look all that great. You wouldn’t put them in your foyer. A nice shoe bench, on the other hand, looks great and goes pretty much anywhere.

How many pairs to store?

The biggest issue you need to decide is how many pairs of shoes you need to store and where you want to store them. Perhaps you have 80 pairs of shoes you want to store and another 10 pairs that you use regularly (via rotation). That makes it easy – get a couple of huge racks and then a fashionable organizer for the foyer or mudroom.