A Shoe Storage Spectactular

It's Fashion's Night Out tonight, and my mind is on shoes. Though my pesky subconscious is mentally trying on a pair of Christian Louboutin boots I'll never own, my practical, conscious self is looking for innovative ways to organize the shoes that I do have…

My current shoe storage situation is anything but spectacular. Picture a variety of shoes, ranging from size six toddler to size eleven adult, neatly put away underneath the entry hall bench. (Keep in mind, however, that the pint-sized members of my family interpret "put away" as something more like "fling very hard in direction of bench while sprinting to backyard.") I'm on the hunt for a better way.

I want something functional, but special. Something innovative. Something unique. (Something spectacular, even.) Something that will say to my offspring, "Treat your footwear and that which holds it like a delicate work of fine art. Absolutely! No! Throwing!"

So I took a look around to find some inspiration from designers who have mastered the art of carefully displaying the shoe. From shoe picnic on a wall, to shoe-as-art display on bright yellow molding, here are some pretty cool ideas for creatively displaying for your prized kick collection.

1. Charlotte Tangye’s Footprint
2. Contemporary Shoe cabinet concept via Archiexpo
3. Painted chair molding via Deliciously Organized
4. SKORDER by Johanna Eliason
5. Shoe picnic by Hyun Jung Lee via Yanko Design

Images: As linked above