Product: Elfa Heeled Gliding Shoe Rack from the Container Store
Price: approximately $350 for the whole she-bang (on sale and including hardware, all ala carte)
Rating: Strong Recommend*
The Container Store is as pricey as it is seductive. But in just two short weeks, this splurgey system has shortened our get-ready time and made us reconsider our disorganized nature.
The Elfa system has a number of shoe rack solutions, but given our love of pretending to be taller than we actually are and buying en masse on clearance, the gliding rack made the most sense.
Space Maximation: 9 pairs of women's shoes (6 men's) fit per rack, and they stack closely to fill your space with no crowding, no topples and no scuffing. The racks pull out nicely so you can access every pair without trouble. What once fell off racks and lived in two closets now fits nicely and lives at a glance. Life-changing? Shoe saving? Yep, absolutely.
The quality was a pleasant surprise, after years of Target shoe racks. It is smooth, steady and quite easily installed - but make sure you keep the directions.
If you don't spring for the whole system, the free-standing vibe is utilitarian. But that's all we want, and were willing to spring for. It also comes in Platinum (i.e., silver), but we chose white to match some shelving we already owned.
It's flexible: You can also get free-standing models, as well as a variety of other solutions.
It is not cheap - brackets, anchors, trim and hardware added cost beyond what we expected after chatting with a salesperson. Frankly, there was sticker shock but the buyer's remorse faded as soon as we stocked it.
Of course, it is not flats-friendly. We we ended up switching out a pull-out rack for some horizontal racks to accomodate flats, wedges and sneakers. One fairly flat pair holds on, but barely.