How to organise your shoes – 7 storage solutions

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  • 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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