How to organise your shoes – 7 storage solutions

7 shoe storage solutions that'll keep your favourite footwear in check

Long for tidy, organised storage for your footwear? Check out these stylishly inventive storage solutions that will make sorting and sourcing your shoes a cinch.

Make a feature

The idea
Do you have a special pair of shoes that are just too lovely to be hidden away? Then showcase them under an elegant cloche. Perfect for pretty party slippers or a sentimental pair, such as wedding shoes. Not only will you be able to admire them every day, they’ll be kept safe and dust free.

Get the look
Glass dome from London Taxidermy.

Go for made-to-measure

The idea
Get a carpenter to build bespoke shoe storage to
your exact requirements. You can either dedicate a section of wall to a
row of made-to-measure wardrobes, like this floor-to-ceiling grid, or
fill otherwise redundant nooks or awkward spaces. Consider the kind of
shoes you own, as heels need more space than flats. If you have enough
depth, you can store shoes you wear less often in boxes behind. White shelves will reflect light well so you can see the contents more easily.

Get the look
Empatika can help you plan shoe storage that’s perfect for you.

Think laterally

The idea
Architectural plaster mouldings make brilliant rails for your high heels. Paint
the mouldings and fix to the wall in rows so you can hook over the
heels of your most treasured pairs. This idea works particularly well if
the cornicing is mounted in an alcove.

Get the look
The ornamental mouldings are painted in Sulphur Springs from Dulux at Homebase.

Colour code

The idea
Make finding shoes simple by colour coding your collection. Clear storage boxes can be stacked inside any cupboard, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Get the lookThe plastic shoe boxes are from A Place For Everything; the storage unit is from Habitat.

Go vintage

The idea
Furniture like this Fifties unit can easily be adapted to create neat shoe storage that works particularly well in a hallway,
by the back door or in a utility room. Alternatively, seek out
reclaimed pieces, such as industrial-style factory furniture, shop
fitting cabinets, sorting office shelving or any piece with cubby holes
that are ideal for stowing individual pairs.

Get the look

The fifties storage unit is from Elemental.

Label everything

The idea
For a sophisticated update on the classic Polaroid
on a shoe box idea, take a picture of a particular detail – stitching, a
buckle, bow or other embellishment – and stick the image to a brown
paper label. Tie the labels to the front of smart shoe boxes and your
favourite pairs will be easily identifiable. For an even more glamorous
take on this idea, use leather luggage tags and slip the picture into
the see-through pocket.

Get the look
The card boxes with leather handles are from The Holding Company.

Be flexible

The idea
Choose a flexible unit that can be tailored to your exact storage
needs. This wardrobe system is totally custom built to suit your space
and requirements, and can be constructed to include a neat vertical
pull-out shoe rack, which can keep 10-15 pairs of your favourite heels
neat and tidy. For flats, choose the smart cotton drawers with brown
leather tabs. The Senzafine wardrobe system comes in oak, wenge,
canaletto walnut and white melamine.

Get the look
The drawer unit and shoe rack are from the Senzafine wardrobe system at Poliform.

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