An unmatched sneaker? High heels that have somehow appeared from under the bed? Lots of different pairs and yet you always find yourself wearing the same ones because you've got no clue where the others are? Trust us: we've been in your shoes!
If you don't know how to store a large collection of shoes the right way, you could end up with an unbearable mess and, worse, a few moldy or damaged pairs.
Let's avoid that!
We're going to share our best tips on how to store your shoes correctly and in the most space-optimizing way.
Run an inventory of all of your shoes
First things first, you can't plan how to store your shoes if you don't know exactly how many pairs own!
Look for all the shoes that you've got scattered around the house and bring your entire collection in one place;
Have you got what you need or are you likely to buy more? If, when you started reading this article, you already had a second tab open with your favorite online shoe store, we recommend leaving enough room for a few extra pairs, too.
Find the right type of shoe cabinet for your room
Already thinking of skimping on storage space because you don't want your shoe storage cabinet to take up too much room? Uh-huh. That's a big no!
Your shoes need to breathe if you want them to last you for many years and look just as beautiful as they did when you first fell in love with them.
The trick is to give them plenty of room but look for a shoe storage cabinet in a space-optimizing design that works with the layout of its designated setting.
Where exactly are you going to place it? Shoe cabinets can work in different rooms, including your hallway. However, since you appear to have such a large collection of shoes, it's probably best to place it in your bedroom or walk-in closet. Don't forget to measure that area!
Make the most of your available space. Have you got a small but tall corner? Then look for a slim shoe storage cabinet with many layers or, if it's rather narrow, with flip-down inclined shelves. Is there a rather empty wall? A wider design with fewer shelves will do just fine;
Cubbyholes are a practical option that translates into a quick overview of your entire shoe collection. However, they're not the best solution for taller shoes and they can get a bit too big if you've got over 30 pairs;
Shelves, on the other hand, allow you more room to organize them tidily, especially if you have quite a few models in different shapes (like boots).