Struggling with shoe storage? We've got you covered

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Storing your favourite shoes can quickly become a real nightmare. So, we’re here to simplify the process by giving you a few key tips to keep in mind when getting your footwear organised.


Things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t stack your shoes (that means no storing in baskets either) - they’ll lose their shape, and be subjected to scratches and dirt from your other shoes.

  • Do air your shoes before putting them away and on a regular basis - this keeps nasty odours at bay (yes, that rhymed).

  • Don’t store or air them them in direct sunlight - this will cause discolouration over time.
  • Do use fillers - this helps dress shoes or seasonal pieces going into storage for extended periods to maintain their shape.

  • Don't use cardboard boxes - this accelerates the deterioration of your shoes due the lack of breathability. Open shelving or breathable storage is best.
  • Do use dustbags or shoe storage bags - this protects your shoes from dust and other elements.

  • Do organize by season - If space is tight, keep the shoes you’re currently using on hand while moving the rest into storage and swapping them out as the seasons change.

Shoe Storage Solutions:

Ideally, we would all love a custom walk-in but the reality often looks very different. Here are 5 solutions to help you make the most of the space you’ve got:


1- Under the bed

Shoe organisers area great space-saver as they're designed to slide under your bed for a clean, well-organised solution. This works well for rotating seasonal pieces; putting those you won’t be wearing as much under your bed and leaving the ones on high rotation in a more accessible place.


2- Shelving

Get some shelving installed on bare walls that can help you better utilize dead space. This also offers your shoes breathable storage space.


3- Closet shelving/shoe rack

If you have one of those tiny closets with a single rod and shelf (if you know, you know), you might consider getting an adjustable shoe rack to sit at the bottom of your wardrobe, allowing you to stack your shoes neatly. If you have a bigger closet, consider adding in adjustable shelving. This will allow you to play with the size of the shelving to accomodate the shoes you're storing - more height and width for tall boots, for example.


4-  Hanging organisers

These hang on your closet rack, giving you more space for shoes in your wardrobe. They come in a variety of options to suit your needs; hanging closet organisers, hanging shoe pockets, and wall racks that attach to your wall or closet door.


5- Standalone storage

If you’ve got the room to add an additional piece of furniture to your living space (we envy you!), you could consider a variety of options such as:

  • Clear shoe boxes with individual compartments - offer dust protection, but ensure they are breathable

  • A slim drawer shoe cabinet - a great space saver

  • A rolling shoe rack - think of it like an extra wardrobe dedicated to your shoes


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