You don’t have to be Imelda Marcos to have shoe storage issues. I mean the shoe is the Platonic ideal of fashion perfection! Easy and fun to try on in the store, and you don’t have to be on a diet to look good in a great pair of shoes. This is why we tend to acquire many pairs. Herein lies the shoe storage conundrum: how to keep your shoes organized and not piled in a little mountain in the back corner of the closet. How can you know what footwear options you have if you can’t see them? Unless you are Ms. or Mr. Lucky and have shelves built in to your closet like some kind of shoe library (we hate you), the shoe rack is the best storage option for keeping your footwear organized and making your shoes "toe the line". Ahem.
Of course, there are as many different shoe rack options as there are kinds of shoes. Flats, sandals, loafers, mules, pumps, stilettos, ballet slippers, boots, sneakers and more, are all shoe style incarnations that must be accommodated by whatever shoe rack you choose. You also must, of course, take in to account the space available in your closet or dressing area when purchasing a shoe rack. You should be honest about how you want to store your shoes. If the idea of putting your Jimmy Choos out in the open on a shoe rack makes you faint, make sure to select the right type of storage. Also, be sure to know the height measurement of all your heels. Some shoe racks, cubbies or storage units can’t accommodate very high heels, so shop accordingly. And most importantly, you should have an idea (if you can count them all!) of how many pairs of shoes you are looking to store.
Of course as an Organizational Expert, I would urge you to purge before figuring out how many shoes you have and want to keep… isn’t it time to get rid of the black Doc Martens from the '80s and the white chunky heeled sandals? Those will never look good no matter what… seriously. Donate them or bring them to a second hand store and see if you can sell them, you never know. And while you are at it, any shoe that is too small, too big, that hurts when you wear it, that needs more repair then it is worth, get rid of as well. That way all the shoes that you store in your closet are ones you actually wear. Crazy idea, but it works.
Now with a good purge and the right shoe rack, you will have no more excuses for being late to the ball, Cinderella, because you will know where all your shoes are and be able to grab the glass slippers at the last minute when Prince Charming calls.
The best shoe rack is essential when you love to shop for shoes. These best shoe rack for closets recommendations ensure you can fit more pairs of shoes into the space you have.