Shoe Rack [What’s the Best Storage Solution?]


Shoe Rack

I tend to have more shoes than can fit in just one shoe storage rack. I have several running and hiking shoes and I also have specialized shoes that I don’t use often, such as my rock climbing shoes. 

If you have lots of shoes the best storage solution is to donate the ones you never use, store the ones you use regularly in an easy-to-access place, and place the ones you use less frequently in a safe concealed storage space.  

Over the years I have seen my share of good and badly designed shoe storage systems. The one’s I like the best are made using solid construction, whether that’s wood, plastic, or metal.



I like to use shoe racks for the shoe I use each day. For me, that means I leave the shoe rack near the front door and have a bench I can sit on to put the shoes on. 

This system works well for me because

  • It’s a simple way to store my shoes.
  • I can keep my house clean because I take my shoes off right when I get in the house.
  • The bench that I sit on doubles as a storage container that I can put my shoe in that I use less frequently.
  • It keeps my house looking organized.
  • I know exactly where my shoes are so I don’t have to spend time finding them.

There are many ways we can store our shoes. Sometimes it may be more convenient to store your shoes in your closet.  You may have a special container for each shoe so that you can care for your higher-priced shoes. 

Whatever you choose, it’s best to first decide if you actually need the shoes that you have or are they not working for you anymore.


Keep, Donate, or Sell Your Shoes

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I believe the best storage solution for your shoes is to get rid of the ones you don’t use anymore. 

It’s easy to keep shoes around for a year that you never use because it’s an investment you hope to get something out of. If that’s the case, trying to sell them may be your best bet.

I like to use the Facebook marketplace to sell items. It’s easy and doesn’t take too much time. You can meet up to sell your shoes and get some extra cash.

An easier option is to donate your shoes. If your ready to let go of them and you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling them, donating is a great way to help others.

If your still not sure about whether you want to sell or donate them, put them to the side and decide on your other shoes first. When you come back to them you may have a clearer idea of when to keep your shoes.

I keep shoes if: 

  • I know I will use them in the future.
  • The cost to replace them is high.
  • They fit well and are comfortable.
  • They are in good condition.
  • If they can serve more than one purpose.

Easy Access Shoe Rack

Easy Access

When you’re getting ready to go in the morning and your in a rush to get somewhere, it’s nice to know exactly where your shoes are. This is the most important reason for me to have a shoe rack.

I can place my shoe in the same place each day after I take them off and then I will know exactly where they are whenever I need them. 


Get One That’s Built Well

If I were to get a shoe rack today I would get one that is built well. I’ve seen too many storage racks and systems that fall apart during a move or from using repeatedly. 

Find one that is built to last. I like solid wood construction. I know it will last a long time and I think it looks good in almost any house. 

Find One That’s Easy To Use   

When your ready to get a shoe rack, find one that is convenient. If the rack is going to be a hassle to use each day don’t get it. Find one that helps you comfortably put your shoes away and get them out each day. 


Measure The Area

I’ve seen a lot of people try to fit something into a spot in their home only to realize it doesn’t fit. They feel upset they have spent a lot of wasted time and effort when all they needed to do was measure.


Draw a Picture

If your still not sure a visual picture may change how we see things and give you a new perspective. Some online stores may have visualizers that allow you to use your phone’s camera to see how a product looks in your home before you buy it.


Durability

If you find one that you know will work and has the attributes you are looking for then it’s time to purchase one. I like to look at how durable it is before purchasing as my final checkmark before buying.    


Buying A Shoe Rack

If I were buying a shoe rack today I would consider some of the following shoe racks. 


Bamboo 3 Tier Shoe Rack

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The reason I like this shoe rack is that it is made from solid wood, it’s built for durability, I find it looks nice, it can be used as a bench, and shoes can easily be placed and taken off of each shelf.


Bamboo 2 Tier Shoe Bench

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The reason I like this shoe rack is that it is made from solid wood, it seems to be durable, I find it looks simple and modern, it can be used as a bench, and shoes can easily be placed and taken off the shelf.


Bamboo 2 Tier Shoe Rack

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The reason I like this shoe rack is that it is made from solid wood, it is fairly durable, I find it looks nice, and shoes can easily be placed and taken off the shelf.


Buying Shoe Storage

If I were looking for a place to put shoes that I use less often I would opt for a bench or storage system that doesn’t show my shoes. I would pick something like one of the following items. 


Bamboo Storage Bench

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The reason I like this shoe storage bench is because it is made from bamboo, it seems durable, I find it looks nice, and shoes can be hidden away until you’re ready to use them again.

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Wood Storage Chest

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The reason I like this shoe storage bench is because it is made from high-quality wood, it seems durable, it looks nice and is easy to use, and shoes or other items can be hidden away.

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Wood Storage Chest

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The reason I like this shoe storage bench is that it’s made from high-quality wood, and the craftsmanship seems very good. It looks durable and would make a nice life-long addition to someone’s house for shoes and storing other items as well.


Where to Look?

Where to Look

I think buying from your locally owned store is the best option. You can also go on Facebook, Craigslist, or other places that connect local people to exchange goods and look for a shoe storage solution and at the same time support your local community.

I personally also like to go to Ikea because of all the solid wood items they have. I have purchased several wood items that I still have that have lasted for years without problems.

If you are on a budget and want a simple solution, Amazon.com is always helpful. I love to price products and value and try to get the best deal possible.   


DIY Shoe Storage?

You might be able to create your own storage solution with some basic skills and tools. Floating shelves are a good example of what some people do to create more storage space when you don’t have any more room.

I think you can make them look really nice with some time and patience. You can look for shelves that are designed specifically for shoes or go with something that fits your home style and interests.  


Final Thoughts

If you’re considering buying a shoe rack and wonder which one you should get, consider getting one that will last and matches your living space well. Sometimes you can find quality items at the local store or from a yard sale. 

Probably the most important thing to consider is not so much the price but how well it will enhance your life. Will it make things easier for you and function well enough so that you feel satisfied each day you use it. 

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CHRIS TOOLEY

I enjoy many types of outdoor activities including running, hiking, and walking. I was a former elementary school teacher for 17 years and now enjoy writing and sharing my love of the outdoors.

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