Best Shoe Storage: High & Low

Best Shoe Storage: High & Low

Sarah Coffey
Mar 22, 2011

We've seen lots of creative DIY shoe storage on Apartment Therapy, but if you prefer to shop for readymade solutions, here are 12 good options. Six are on the high end (inspiration for a project, perhaps?) and six clock in under the $100 mark.

High-End: Over $100

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The Shoe Box by Kristalia is a universal wall cabinet. The inside can be customized with the shelves of your choosing, and it can be mounted horizontally or vertically on the wall. Available in aluminum or white lacquer, it will set you back about $1,900.

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Swedish store Asplund makes this Snow Cabinet C, which sells for around €1,800. A combination of open and closed storage with drawers of different sizes makes this a multifunctional piece that can be used in an entryway, bedroom, closet, or living space.

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Designed by London studio J-Me, this Horizontal Shoe Rack mounts to the wall and keeps your floors clean while protecting the wall from shoe scuffs. Made from brushed stainless steel, it comes in 2 lengths and sells for $110 - $165.

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This Italian company has showrooms throughout the US, where you can purchase their custom closet systems. The Ubik walk-in closet features an extractable shoe cabinet (shown left) with wood-front drawers. Pricing varies by project, but it's definitely on the high end ($$$).

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The Girilla Shoe Rack by Porada is a new design, currently available in Europe. It's a mirrored, wall-mounted cabinet on hinges, which open up to reveal 12 adjustable shelves. The frame is made from canaletto walnut, and the cabinet sells for £2,440.

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They make custom built-in shoe storage systems, and pricing varies from project to project. Although most designs come in over the $1,000 mark, their local consultants can sometimes come up with budget solutions under $1k, depending on your space requirements.

Mid-Range & Budget Options: Under $100

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While the Droog Strap by NL Architects is a cool idea that's affordably priced at $30, I'm not sure how practical it is for shoe storage. The wall-mounted straps look good, but your wall would inevitably become scuffed, unless you stick to clean shoes only.

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The Tjusig Stacking Shoe Rack is a super basic wood and stainless steel design that sells for $40. The nice thing about these racks is that they can be stacked, and they're simple enough to be repurposed for other types of storage.

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Sold through organizing stores like Stacks & Stacks, the Container Store, and, these clear stackable storage drawers are available in small ($9) and large ($12). They allow you to keep your shoes organized and visible for a relatively affordable price.

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Wall-mounted boot drying racks are a common find in British garden stores, but they're less popular here in the US. However, with some hunting, we found a simple and affordable Boot Rack through industrial supply catalog McMaster-Carr for $28.

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They have lots of shoe storage solutions, but one of the most popular is their Elfa Gliding Shoe Rack, $45. Apartment Therapy tested this rack and reported "The quality was a pleasant surprise, after years of Target shoe racks." Read the full review here.

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This store specializes in budget wire and plastic organizers designed to save space. While the quality's not amazing, there are some smart designs in their catalog, like this 15-pair Convertible Shoe Rack for $18. It can be stowed upright or on the floor.

Photo: Ubik Shoe Storage from Poliform

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