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The Best Shoe Racks: 13 Solutions Designed Just for Footwear

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Updated June 2, 2024

I’ve always loved footwear. Though I predominantly wear the same pair of black 1460 Doc Marten boots, I possess a rather large collection. Part of the reason for this is, of course, the need for activity specific shoes suitable for things like running, cycling, hiking, walking, and snow. I have a specific pair (the Ugg Classic Mini) I throw on when taking the garbage out or just running to the corner bodega for some milk. I own multiple pairs of boots in varying heights and styles as well as shoes that are comfortable for a long day of standing, heels that simply look beautiful, platforms I can actually walk in, and that one pair of absolutely amazing Louboutin’s that I found on sale and have only worn once because they’re just that special and I don’t want to damage them. Essentially, I have a lot of shoes.

If you’re like me you probably know that the main problematic thing about shoes is that they can be difficult to store in a neat and orderly way. I confess to being one of those people with an unruly mound of footwear at the bottom of my extremely small bedroom closet (sound familiar?). Or maybe your shoes pile up by the front door of your home where you routinely trip over a wayward loafer, or perhaps you live in a house with a large family and find yourself often hunting for a particular pair’s mate.

Shoe organization can seem overwhelming, but the good news is that there are lots of possible storage solutions appropriate for a range of spaces and budgets. To help compile a guide of the best options, I talked to some people who have made organizing their profession. Read on to learn how to make shoe storage more of an art and less of a mess.

Our top picks for the best shoe rack

Best shoe rack for closets: The Container Store Elfa Classic 4’ Shoe Wall Solution

Best shoe rack for closets
The Container Store Elfa Classic 4’ Shoe Wall Solution

The Container Store Elfa Classic 4’ Shoe Wall Solution

For a dedicated shoe storage solution in a closet, nothing beats a 4-foot shoe wall from Elfa. It comes with both gliding shoe racks and solid décor shelves to hold up to 104 pairs of shoes, boots, and heels. A closet rod adds space to hang tall boots on hooks and the flat shelves provide the perfect perch for those special shoes you prefer to keep in boxes. The Elfa system mounts to the wall via the top vertical piece only.

As Dunn said, “If you have the ability to go vertical with your shoe storage, like a shoe wall or vertical shoe rack, that will maximize your shoe storage space.”

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 16” L x 48” W x 84” H
  • Material: Steel and solid birch
  • Price on publish: $1,314

What we like:

  • Adjustable and customizable
  • Holds up to 104 pairs of shoes and boots
  • Easy to install
  • Available in White, Platinum, and Graphite

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive

The bottom line:

This wall mounted shoe storage solution from Elfa comes with three adjustable décor shelves, five adjustable gliding shelves, and a hanging rod for tall boots.

Best shoe rack for small spaces: The Container Store 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

Best shoe rack for small spaces
The Container Store 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

The Container Store 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

Dunn, Aiello, and Weiss all recommended over the door shoe organizers for small spaces. “[These] maximize vertical space,” said Weiss. “They’re excellent for storing flats, sandals, or athletic shoes. The clear pockets allow for easy visibility, and the over-the-door design keeps the floor clear for other storage solutions.”

Crafted from durable poly-cotton canvas and PEVA, this one from The Container Store holds 24 pairs of shoes as well as handbags. Coated with epoxy and equipped with rubber ends, the hanging hooks won’t cause any damage to your door or walls. Each pocket measures 10.25 inches by 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches which is large enough to fit a pair of short ankle boots.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 6” L x 22.5” W x 63” H
  • Material: Poly-cotton canvas and PEVA (plastic)
  • Price on publish: $35.99

What we like:

  • Keeps shoes off the ground
  • Easy access
  • Space saving

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t work for boots

The bottom line:

The sturdy poly-cotton canvas over-the-door shoe organizer with 24 pockets—each one roomy enough to accommodate a pair of shoes or even short ankle boots—is a good solution for small spaces.

Most affordable shoe rack: BMOSU 3-Tier Bamboo Shoe Rack

Most affordable shoe rack
BMOSU 3-Tier Bamboo Shoe Rack Premium Stackable Shoe Shelf Storage Organizer for Hallway Closet Living Room Entryway Organizer (Natural Bamboo)

BMOSU 3-Tier Bamboo Shoe Rack Premium Stackable Shoe Shelf Storage Organizer for Hallway Closet Living Room Entryway Organizer (Natural Bamboo)

For an affordable shoe storage option, Dunn recommended this bamboo shoe rack from Amazon which sells for about $24. Made from beautiful bamboo, it offers a simple yet attractive solution to your shoe storage needs. The racks are also stackable, so you can easily add another level or two if needed.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 18.3” L x 27” W x 11” H
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Price on publish: $23.99

What we like:

  • Easy assembly
  • Stackable
  • Made from natural bamboo
  • Available in Black, Brown, or Natural

What we don’t like:

  • Some reviewers report it not being super sturdy

The bottom line:

This simple, attractive 3-tier bamboo rack for shoe storage is ideal for an affordable option.

Most breathable shoe rack: Bay Isle Home 18 Pair Shoe Storage Cabinet

Most breathable shoe rack
Bay Isle Home 18 Pair Shoe Storage Cabinet

Bay Isle Home 18 Pair Shoe Storage Cabinet

With open rattan drawer fronts, this 3-tier cabinet from Bay Isle Home provides breathable storage for up to 18 pairs of shoes. Each tipper drawer features two shelves and the classic rattan look complements any Boho style home. The thin design allows you to place it in a hallway or busy entryway.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 9.26” L x 23.63” W x 49.2” H
  • Material: Manufactured wood
  • Price on publish: $179.99

What we like:

  • Open rattan drawer fronts
  • Included anti-tip kit
  • Narrow profile

What we don’t like:

Too shallow for tall boots

The bottom line:

This boho style, 3-tier cabinet with breathable rattan drawer fronts is perfect for storing up to 18 pairs of shoes.

Most durable shoe rack: The Container Store Our Shoe Box

Most durable shoe rack
Case of 5 Our Shoe Box

Case of 5 Our Shoe Box

“Opt for stackable clear shoe bins to achieve an optimal blend of protective, visible, and space-efficient storage,” said Weiss. The transparent design allows for easy identification of specific pairs, eliminating the need to rummage through multiple boxes. Also, pointed out Weiss, their stackable feature makes them an ideal solution for maximizing empty floor space in your closet (if you have it).

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.5” L x 13” W x 4.25” H
  • Material: Acid-free polypropylene
  • Price on publish: $7.40 for a case of five

What we like:

  • Affordable
  • Keeps your shoes dust free
  • Stackable

What we don’t like:

  • Not breathable

The bottom line:

The clear shoe storage boxes from The Container Store provide dust free shoe storage with a stackable, space saving design at a budget friendly price.

Best multipurpose shoe rack: Bed, Bath, and Beyond 2-Tier Shoe Bench

Best multipurpose shoe rack
2 Tier Shoe Bench, Shoe Rack with Hidden Drawer and Side Holder

2 Tier Shoe Bench, Shoe Rack with Hidden Drawer and Side Holder

Dress up your entryway with this shoe storage bench from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Not only does it provide space for up to six pairs of shoes (and one pair of tall boots), but it also features a side pocket for umbrellas and a hidden drawer under the seat cushion for things like keys, wallets, and change. The foam seat cushion is covered with a removable, breathable linen cover.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 11.6” L x 39.4” W x 19.5” H
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Price on publish: $256.99

What we like:

  • Also a bench
  • Includes a storage drawer and side pocket
  • Made from durable, natural bamboo

What we don’t like:

  • Seat cover only comes in one color

The bottom line:

This durable bamboo shoe storage bench with removable linen seat cover, hidden drawer, side pocket, and space for six pairs of shoes and a pair of boots is the ideal multipurpose shoe storage option.

Most modular shoe rack: Prepac Shoe Storage Cabinet with Cubbies

Most modular shoe rack
Prepac Shoe Storage Cabinet with Cubbies

Prepac Shoe Storage Cabinet with Cubbies

Equipped with 36 cubbies, this tall cabinet from Prepac provides ample, uniform storage for all your wayward sneakers, flats, and heels. Set it up inside a large closet or along a wall in your bedroom or mudroom. Pair with Prepac’s Space-Saving Entryway Organizer for a complete and stylish, clutter-reducing storage solution.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 13” L x 23.5” W x 72.5” H
  • Material: Manufactured wood
  • Price on publish: $172.53 - $196.24 depending on color

What we like:

  • Available in four finishes: Black, Drifted Gray, Multicolor, and White
  • Modular design works with other Prepac components
  • Sturdy

What we don’t like:

  • Cubbies are on the small side

The bottom line:

This tall shoe shelf with 36 cubbies can be paired with other components for a complete closet solution.

Best modular shoe storage from Amazon: Songmics Plastic Shoe Rack

Best modular shoe storage from Amazon
SONGMICS Shoe Rack, Space-Saving 28-Slot Plastic Shoe Storage Organizer Unit, Shoe Cabinet, Ideal for Entryway Hallway Closet Garage, 14.2 x 61.8 x 48 Inches, Transparent ULPC48S

SONGMICS Shoe Rack, Space-Saving 28-Slot Plastic Shoe Storage Organizer Unit, Shoe Cabinet, Ideal for Entryway Hallway Closet Garage, 14.2 x 61.8 x 48 Inches, Transparent ULPC48S

Featuring metal frames and clear plastic sheets, this modular shoe storage system from Songmics can be constructed in a variety of configurations including step shaped shelving or a rectangle. My favorite thing about this particular product is this from the manufacturer: “Assembling this shoe storage is joyful; almost like playing with building blocks!” For all of us who have ever struggled with Ikea directions, that’s a very valid selling point.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 14.2” L x 61.8” W x 48” H
  • Material: Plastic
  • Price on publish: $75.99

What we like:

  • Clear modular design
  • Versatile
  • Simple
  • Also available in a transparent gray that is smaller (11.8” L x 43.8” W x 33.9” H) and lower in price ($39.99).

What we don’t like:

  • While perhaps joyful, assembly can take a long time

The bottom line:

These sturdy, clear plastic shoe storage cubicles can be arranged in a myriad of configurations.

Best “hidden” shoe rack: Rebrilliant 24 Pair Stackable Under-Bed Shoe Storage

Best “hidden” shoe rack
Rebrilliant 24 Pair Stackable Under-Bed Shoe Storage

Rebrilliant 24 Pair Stackable Under-Bed Shoe Storage

“For seasonal or rarely worn shoes, consider under-bed storage solutions to free up closet space,” said Aiello. Rebrilliant makes these shoe bags from 100% polypropylene non-woven fabric and thick cardboard. Each set of two containers holds 24 pairs of shoes and features a clear cover so you can easily ascertain which shoes are inside without unnecessary foraging. Handles on the front and side make for easy manipulation and sturdy zippers hold up to daily use. And, they’re stackable if needed.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 23.6” L x 29.3” W x 5.9” H
  • Material: Polypropylene non-woven fabric, cardboard
  • Price on publish: $46.99

What we like:

  • Clear cover allows you to see contents
  • Stackable
  • Strong zippers

What we don’t like:

  • A bit flimsy

The bottom line:

These sturdy shoe bags are perfect for under the bed storage and they have clear zippered covers.

Best “hidden” shoe rack #2: Hokku Designs Domanique Wall Mirror with Shoe Storage

Best “hidden” shoe rack #2
Hokku Designs Domanique Wall Mirror with Shoe Storage

Hokku Designs Domanique Wall Mirror with Shoe Storage

This is one of my favorite stealthy shoe storage solutions. Outwardly, this presents as your basic wall or door mirror while inwardly it houses five shelves made to accommodate a total of 10 pairs of shoes. Each shelf fits two pairs of shoes: sneakers, heels, or flats. I’m also a fan of mirrors in general as they help make small spaces appear larger. Win, win.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 8.1” L x 18.5” W x 54.3” H
  • Material: Manufactured wood
  • Price on publish: $233.99 - $239.99 depending on color

What we like:

  • Shoes are completely out of sight
  • Functional storage solution
  • Mirrors are a great addition to any space
  • Comes in White or Black

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t work well for larger sized shoes

The bottom line:

This full length wall or door mirror doubles as a five-shelf shoe cabinet.

Most buildable shoe rack: Corrigan Studio 30 Pair Stackable Shoe Storage Cabinet

Most buildable shoe rack
Corrigan Studio 30 Pair Stackable Shoe Storage Cabinet

Corrigan Studio 30 Pair Stackable Shoe Storage Cabinet

With a mid-century modern vibe, this wooden shoe cabinet from Corrigan Studio offers a wonderful storage solution while also being a beautiful piece of furniture all on its own. Each of the three drawers pivot and slide open on a plastic bracket to reveal three shelves. The cabinet holds 30 pairs of shoes that are size 11 or smaller. The overall narrow depth means it doesn’t take up any unnecessary real estate, making it perfect for a hallway.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 9.4” L x 39.4” W x 47.2” H
  • Material: Solid and manufactured wood
  • Price on publish: $166.99

What we like:

  • Unique design
  • Narrow depth
  • Mid-century modern vibe

What we don’t like:

  • Difficult to assemble

The bottom line:

This narrow, wooden shoe storage cabinet with a mid-century modern vibe has unique sliding drawers that accommodate up to 30 pairs of shoes.

Most traditional shoe rack: The Container Store 3-Tier Entryway Shoe Storage with Wood Top

Most traditional shoe rack
The Container Store 3-Tier Entryway Shoe Storage with Wood Top

The Container Store 3-Tier Entryway Shoe Storage with Wood Top

Aaron Traub of My Professional Organizer in Dallas, Texas recommends using these 3-Tier Shoe Racks from The Container Store. “We always assemble these for clients, and they're a big hit! They hold a good number of shoes, and go well in many areas of the home,” he said.

Made with a steel frame and wood top, this shelf is stylish enough to be out on display in your entryway or bedroom. The mesh shelves can be installed at an angle for easy viewing (the lipped edge keeps shoes from walking off on their own) or flat and flipped the other way. Each shelf is 10.75 inches deep and holds up to nine pairs of men’s shoes. They’re spaced 7.875 inches apart, so they won’t work for tall boots.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 11.875” L x 29.25” W x 28.75” H
  • Material: Steel and wood
  • Price on publish: $79.99

What we like:

  • Very sturdy
  • Comes in two colors: Graphite and White
  • Shelves can be installed flat or angled

What we don’t like:

  • Pricey for a small shelf

The bottom line:

Sturdy and stylish 3-tier steel and wood shoe storage solution with mesh shelves that can be installed flat or angled.

Best shoe storage set: Haixin Narrow Shoe Rack

Best shoe storage set
Narrow Shoe Rack - 5 Tiers Stackable Shoe Storage Stand for Entryway Hallway and Closet Durable Shoe Shelf Space Saving Boots Storage and Organization Stylish Small Shoe Cabinet No-Tool Assembly Khaki

Narrow Shoe Rack - 5 Tiers Stackable Shoe Storage Stand for Entryway Hallway and Closet Durable Shoe Shelf Space Saving Boots Storage and Organization Stylish Small Shoe Cabinet No-Tool Assembly Khaki

This set of plastic shoe storage cubbies provides space for sneakers, high heels, and tall boots depending on how you construct them. Use two sets of side panels snapped together to form a cubby tall enough for a pair of long boots. Single layer height measures 5.62 inches while a double layer gives you 10.94 inches of vertical space. Arrange and stack the cubbies in various configurations to fit your space and shoe collection.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 22.24” L x 12.4” W x 21.88” H
  • Material: Plastic
  • Price on publish: $29.99

What we like:

  • Easy snap together assembly
  • Stackable
  • Can accommodate tall boots

What we don’t like:

  • Plastic doesn’t work for all aesthetics

The bottom line:

A helpful set of plastic storage cubbies offering flexible installation that can be put together to accommodate varying shoe and boot heights.

What to consider when buying a shoe rack

Space

How much available space you have to dedicate to a shoe storage solution will help determine what option might be best for you. If you have small closets, you may want to use an over the door hanging shoe organizer. Or consider a dedicated shoe cabinet that will live outside your closet; many of them have stylish doors or drawers and a narrow silhouette so they’ll fit in a hallway or behind a door. If you have a walk-in closet space, a dedicated, custom shoe wall may provide the best solution.

“Organizing shoes can be a challenge, but with the right strategies, you can create a functional and visually appealing shoe storage system,” Heather Aiello, founder at The Organized You told me. When figuring out your strategy, make sure to take into account vertical space. This will ensure that you’ll really maximize your storage options, said Sarah Dunn, founder of ReadySetOrganize in San Diego, California.

To begin your organizing journey, invest in sturdy shoe racks or shelves, said Sarit Weiss, founder of Neat & Orderly. “Adjustable racks accommodate different shoe sizes, and open shelves make it easy to see and access your shoes. Consider placing these near the entrance of your closet for convenience,” she said. These options can sometimes be found at online furniture stores. They may also offer other solutions including built-in shelves, hanging organizers, modular cubbies, and storage beds.

Number of shoes

“If you have a large collection, custom shelving in your closet can be designed specifically for your shoes,” said Aiello. If that’s out of your budget, consider a modular plastic cube system that you can arrange in a variety of configurations. If there’s a shoe rack or shelf you like, purchase more than one to accommodate the number of pairs you own. Look for components that are stackable and adjustable.

Cubbies, racks, or shelves

“These can be installed in closets, entryways, or even under benches,” said Aiello. Shoe cubbies provide designated spaces for each pair which prevents them from getting mixed up, while a rack or shelf allows you to store more pairs in the same amount of space. Shelves and racks can run the risk of getting messy or jumbled up. You’ll have to put in a bit of an effort to ensure each pair is arranged neatly on its perch.

Clear shoe boxes are another option. You can stack them on shelves or just on each other. “They’re great for visibility and keeping your shoes dust-free,” said Aiello.

Budget

Shoe walls and shoe cabinet furniture pieces tend to be more expensive than something like a small 3-tier shoe rack or an over the door canvas hanging organizer. If you have less than $100 to spend, canvas shoe organizers offer a great budget friendly solution.

Whichever system you decide on, consider rotating your shoes seasonally to keep the most relevant footwear easily accessible. “This practice not only keeps your closet organized but also helps you assess which shoes are due for cleaning or repair,” said Weiss.

How we selected the best shoe storage solutions

I drew from my personal experience as a wardrobe and costume professional for film, television, and fashion as well as on the advice and knowledge of professional organizers to come up with a range of storage ideas for different budgets, spaces, and style preferences. All the choices were considered based on quality, functionality, adjustability, and overall value.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I maximize my shoe storage space?

If you’re able, going vertical remains the best way to maximize storage space. If you have the room (and an available, empty wall), install shelving or bins that extend all the way to the ceiling. If that’s not a possibility in your home, consider an over the door hanging shoe rack or under the bed storage options. For the latter, Aiello suggested using them for seasonal or rarely worn shoes which will help free up some of your closet space.

How do you organize a lot of shoes in a small space?

As far as small spaces go, the over the door hanging shoe rack earns top billing; all of the experts I talked to suggested them. Another option to consider, according to Aiello, is a vertical organizer that can be placed behind a door.

Is it better to keep shoes in boxes or out?

“It's always best to keep shoes out of boxes to minimize the space they take up and so you can actually see and wear them,” said Dunn.

Is it OK to store leather shoes in plastic containers?

“Leather shoes can be damaged by excess moisture,” said Amelia Pleasant Kennedy, certified life coach and professional organizer of A Pleasant Solution in Birmingham, Michigan. Before storing them in a plastic shoe box, make sure you let them fully dry for a day or two.

To help maintain the shape of the shoe, Kennedy suggested adding an insert or stuffing them with paper. Also, use a leather moisturizer and utilize a cobbler service if the shoes begin to show wear.

“I think for most of us, we're wearing our shoes, we're using them,” she added, “I don't think you're going to do too much damage by keeping them in plastic containers.”

One last piece of parting advice: “I would just say the most affordable solution is the one that allows you to access, appreciate, and wear the shoes that you own,” said Kennedy.

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