11 Best Shoe Storage Ideas That Brilliantly Banish Clutter

Organization for the sole.

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When it comes time to declutter your home, deciding on shoe storage can be a major obstacle. Unlike the rest of your wardrobe, shoes aren’t easily stacked or stowed, and can be large and clunky or dainty and delicate. While you may be tempted to throw all your footwear into that designated disaster closet (you know the one), there are plenty of space-saving and stylish storage options for all spaces and styles. From elegant walk-ins to closet-less decluttering, read below for 11 of our favorite shoe storage ideas.

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Marco Ricca
Opt for Glass Doors to Display Your Collection

With an attractive assortment of shoes, you may feel tempted to put them all on display. In a Tribeca loft, the glass doors of this custom Poliform closet keeps shoes organized while showing them off.

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Thomas Loof
Repurpose a Vintage Cabinet

In David Kaihoi's East Village home, a Louis XVI–style mahogany cabinet was repurposed with varied shelving, perfect for storing shoes, clothes, and other knickknacks while blending in with the home's existing decor.

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Mix Open and Closed Storage

While some of your shoes are destined to dazzle, others are less sightly when put on full display. Opting for a mixture of open and closed shoe storage allows you to keep your favorite pairs out in the open, while keeping others behind closed doors.

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Claire Esparros
Choose a Rack With Shelves

While most clothing racks have room for shoes below, choosing an option with built-in shelving makes your space feel more organized, while keeping outdoor dirt and debris off of your floors.

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Douglas Friedman
Add Doors to Your Shelving

In a Manhattan townhouse's glamorous walk-in, shelves of shoes are concealed with modern doors, keeping the room's sleek aesthetic clutter-free.

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Paul Dyer
Make Everything Accessible

A common storage issue is that items are so tucked away that you forget they exist. This hyper-organized shoe closet benefits from bright, overhead lighting and a step stool to ensure that everything is in sight and easy to access.

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Claire Esparros
Place Baskets in Your Cubbies

Baskets are stowed inside cubbies beneath this entryway's sitting area, allowing for streamlined storage of shoes, which are tucked away for a clutter-free look.

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Leave Room Above Your Top Shelf

Instead of extending shelves to the ceiling, leave space on the top for extra storage or tall shoes.

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Claire Esparros
Use Double-Duty Storage Space

Double-duty furniture is one of the easiest ways to store shoes, especially when you're short on space or want your footwear out of sight. This modern bench in Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan's NYC apartment runs the span of the living room and opens up as an unconventional storage solution.

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Dustin Walker for Laurel & Wolf
Vary the Size of Your Shelves

Nothing's worse than having to bend a boot in half to fit it in your closet. Whether your space is small or large, choosing shelving that accommodates all shoe sizes can prevent a cluttered look, while preserving the actual shoe.

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Amanda Kirkpatrick
Don't Forget the Drawers

Don’t limit your shoe storage just to shelves or shoe racks; drawers can a both practical and stylish option as well. In this home’s cozy reading nook, three spacious drawers provide easy access to shoes, which are stored away and clutter-free.

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