If you live in an apartment that lacks storage space and your tiny closets are overstuffed, then you’re probably like me. There are so many shoes that don’t have homes randomly placed in various little nooks of my apartment that I’m constantly tripping over them. It is only a matter of time before I eat it because of Dan’s sneakers. It’s not that I live in a tiny apartment, like those coveted NYC closet size apartments, this apartment can handle some sort of solution, and maybe yours could as well. What do we need? Alternative shoe storage ideas that actually let you see your shoes instead of boxing them up and forgetting which pairs you own.
If your shoes are on display but still “put away” it gives that kind of satisfaction where, (1) you get to see your gorgeous loot and (2) you aren’t tripping over your ankle breaking 6 inch heels. Displaying your footwear lets you see what you own, and forces you to take stock of which shoes you’re proud to have on display and which need to get booted from the collection. You have a few options for alternative shoe storage – an open bookcase, shelving, crates. Or a closed glass cabinet or armoire, where you can still see your shoes but you don’t have to be dust buster as often.
Here are some ideas for shoe storage from least to most expensive:
– BORGSJÖ Glass-door cabinet from Ikea
– Metal Bexley Bar from World Market
– Dutch Industrial Tower from Restoration Hardware
– Kent Bookcase from Pottery Barn
– Garrett Glass Cabinet from Pottery Barn
– Grand French Casement Cabinet from Restoration Hardware
You already know that I’m a huge fan of Jenna Lyons, but her shoe closet is the stuff of dreams! I like how it is subtly color coordinated but not too perfect. I never would have thought to use a metal bookcase for shoes but if I had Jenna’s collection, I’d want to see my shoes every day too.
This is fellow blogger, Song of Style’s closet. As a style blogger her closet is overflowing and could use more space, but I love the symmetry of the two glass cabinets for shoes on either side of the clothing rack. They’re tucked away but still easy to find.
Every time I see this photo it reminds me of the PS I Love You opening clip where her shoes are all over the apartment. This is a really beautiful cabinet and if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in stores or online, I suggest estate sales, flea markets and antique stores.
Or, if you’re really thrifty, recycle some apple crates and make your own shelves. This is especially helpful if you tend to love boots and need some height customization for your shelves. I don’t know how many times my parents have told me about their cinder block and 2×4 shelves in their first apartment.