Organizing Tips: A Shoe Rack for all Your Babes!

If you love shoes you’ll never think you have too many of them, but we all know when we see it: piles of shoes on the floor, baskets in a corner with a messy jumble of shoes and of course, under the bed, on the hallway closet, you name it!

No worries, for every pair of shoes you have we will find a home and you’ll see that there’s a shoe rack to fit all your needs. And, we’ll explore nice ways of organizing all your shoes so you can finally find their match.

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Let’s start with the basics and work first on “curating” your shoe collection:

Shoe Organizing

  1. Bring all your shoes to the center of the room and line them all up.
  2. Start creating groups by type: sandals, flats, loafers, then move to low heels, again separating them by type like open toes, closed toes etc.
  3. When you have all your shoes lined up side by side, by type, start looking for: damaged shoes, uncomfortable shoes, never worn shoes and finally “my mom gave me” shoes and, “spring clean” them from your collection!
  4. Take out of your collection anything that you know you won’t wear, you have multiples of the same or is just looking too bad and will ruin any outfit.
  5. Now that you did some quality control, let’s organize your shoes by color following this sequence: red, orange, yellow, green , blue, indigo, and violet. Then group your white, black, browns, and grays together.
  6. After you have curated and then sorted your shoes by type and color, it’s time for us to address storage – and here we go!

Shoe Rack & Shoe Storage Options

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For your best shoes, your best seat! Use high-quality storage boxes to hold your most expensive shoes and least used ones.

Taking a picture of the shoe, printing it and labeling each box will allow you to easily retrieve them.

Too many shoes? No problem. A storage solution to all your shoes.


Here is how it can look when all your shoes (or most of them!) are stored this way.

It is a great way to start your day, isn’t it!?

Image: Lucky Magazine

For more frequently used shoes you can use clear storage boxes like this one to make it easy to see what you have and to store it back after a long day of work – or a long night dancing!

If you have a reach-in closet you can use a clear pocket shoe storage like this one. You can still use shelves to store your least used shoes and out of season ones.

Another way of stretching your storage space is using under the bed storage.


Too many shoes? No problem. A storage solution to all your shoes.


While I do my best to help my clients NOT TO DO IT, I’ll look for the best solutions available for their needs and requests. I really like this one that looks so finished, is easy to use and also to keep the space under the bed clean.

A much easier to find and get in place to use right away is this beautiful -with wheels- under the bed shoe storage from Pottery Barn.


Too many shoes? No problem. A storage solution to all your shoes.


I absolutely love this shoe rack. It’s stylish and you can build and add on as you need.


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A smaller version of the shoe rack shown above, this one could also be a great storage solution when organizing a narrow entry.

A great and sturdy addition to your storage options, this shoe rack organizer from The Container Store will hold over 30 pairs of shoes and also fits shoe boxes.

Looking for added storage and also extra seating in your bedroom or closet area? I love this ottoman.

Image: Real Simple Magazine

shoe organizing Lucky Magazine

I loved this idea and while organizing a young Marketing professional’s closet I suggested her to display her favorite darlings (read, shoes!) in this IKEA armoire. She loved it and it looks great!

Image: Lucky Magazine

Another great shoe storage product from IKEA and super “narrow spaces” friendly is this chest of drawers. It fits tons of shoes and it takes no space!

Too many shoes? No problem. A storage solution to all your shoes.

Image: IkeaUSA

And finally, if you’d like to go all the way, here is a beautiful closet to get you inspired! This one I found on Pinterest and Mariah Carrey is the lucky owner!

Too many shoes? No problem. A storage solution to all your shoes.

And there you have it. A simple step-by-step way of organizing your shoes and also examples of shoe rack & storage solutions that can fit your closet space and your home. Be creative, make it work for you and your budget and remember, we can only wear so many shoes!

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  1. Brilliant. I recently tried to sort my 65 pairs of shoes! I have photos of each one and have managed to ‘store’ and organise, but love the storage solutions you have and will re-arrange some in the coming period. Thanks for your advise.

  2. These are all fabulous but I especially like the ottoman. I’m a huge fan of double-duty items, plus I don’t have that many shoes, so I think most of them might fit in there!

  3. Hi Helena,
    Great post. I loved the idea of pictures of the shoes. I am sharing this post with my client who is shoe obsessed. One thing: would you know of any reliable manufacturer for a shoe bench – kinda high end but not too crazy as far as prices go. It has to be narrow, not more than 15 inches. If you know, please do tell. My e mail is [email protected]. Thanks a bunch!

  4. Great tips! I love that they are so simple. I have shoes in my garage and there is only two pairs in my closet that I use very rarely. I like having all my shoes in one area. It makes it easy for me to see what I don’t have or need to replace. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love the IKEA storage idea and may try to incorporate it at some point. A friend of mine had her husband build it into the wall at their landing. Great idea for a small space.

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  7. Such helpful ideas! I use a metal over-the-door- rack because I’ve found the fabric pocket ones don’t fit my high heels or my husband’s big shoes. But the clear storage bins are my favorite! I’ll definitely be using those in the future.
    Thanks for the tips!

  8. WOOW its really a good orgnizer to rack all things setting .
    Am so happy to read this .
    Thank you so much for it

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