Best Foot Forward: Shoe Storage and Organization

Whether you prefer to keep your shoes by the door or in your closet (or both), they'll end up all over the place if you don't have a system. Check out these examples of wrangled heels, loafers, sneakers, and boots.

In an entryway, the space underneath a bench is a natural storage spot. You can keep things extra organized with baskets (Image 4) or use the bench's own rungs as a shelf (Image 8). A good ol' storage locker gains even more functionality with a hanging organizer (Image 1), and clever DIY projects create storage personalized to your needs, taste, and budget (Images 5 and 7).

Cubbies, shelves, and hanging organizers make for efficient organizational tools in closets. Getting creative, you can also re-purpose something such as theater seats to hold and display your footwear (Image 13). In that case, or if you've got a particularly colorful or unusual collection, the shoes can even contribute to the decor (Images 3 and 11).

Shown Above:
1. Amanda Johnson for Apartment Therapy
2. Bethany Nauert for Apartment Therapy
3. Leah Moss for Apartment Therapy
4. Angela Ferdi
5. Not Martha

6. Living Etc.
7. Thea's Mania
8. Little Green Notebook
9. Jason Loper for Apartment Therapy
10. Dwell

11. Song of Style via Piece of Pickle
12. Young House Love
13. Kim Rinehimer for Apartment Therapy

Images: As credited above.