How to Organize Shoes

Your shoe collection can easily feel overwhelming. Learn how to organize shoes so that you can get rid of the clutter and find shoes easily.

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How to get started

If you feel that your shoe collection is disorganized and out of control, the first step to resolving the issue is to decide to start.

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Start by gathering all of your shoes and boots. Once you get them all in one spot, decide whether or not each pair is worth keeping.

Consider the fit, comfortability, how they look on you, and if they’re worn out beyond repair, get rid of it. Only keep well-fitting shoes that make you look good.

Next, divide your shoes into two categories, what you wear the most, and what you wear once in a while. Keeping the two separated will make it easier to grab the shoes that you wear often.

5 ways to organize shoes

How you organize your shoes depends on the number of shoes and space that you have. The following are different storage solutions to organize your shoes:

1. Stackable shoe boxes

Two stacks of three clear shoe boxes with shoes in them.
Photo courtesy of The Container Store.

The Drop-Front Shoe Boxes from The Container Store are a great pick when it comes to organizing your shoes in a way that looks nice.

Since the box is clear, it’s easy to find the pair that you’re looking for without scouring through boxes. The drop-front opening is also helpful because you don’t need to unstack the boxes to get your shoes.

2. Under-bed storage

Underbed storage box of shoes  in a bedroom.
Photo courtesy of storageLAB/Amazon.

storageLAB’s Under-bed Shoe Organizer allows you to keep your shoes in one place and tuck it away under your bed. It offers 12 sections, which are all adjustable to fit the size of your shoes. The clear top makes it easy to find the right pair and is sealed with a zipper, keeping your shoes clean.

3. Vertical hanging storage

Two grey fabric vertical shoe storage organizers.
Photo courtesy of mDesign/Amazon.

Keep your shoes neat with the Over-Rod Hanging Storage Unit by mDesign. It comes in a set of two, and each organizer can hold ten pairs of shoes. You can hang it on the same rod that you hang your clothes on, which makes it a convenient solution that doesn’t take up very much space.

4. Over-the-door shoe organizer

Over-the-door shoe organizer with six pairs in it.
Photo courtesy of Simple Houseware/Amazon.

The Over-The-Door Hanging Shoe Organizer by Simple Houseware can hold up to 24 pairs of shoes. To save space and keep your shoes off the floor, an over-the-door organizer is an excellent choice. If you’d rather not hang it on your door, you can hang it on your closet rod.

5. Shoe cabinet

A grey and a white shoe cabinet.
Photo courtesy of The Container Store.

A shoe cabinet is a contemporary and sleek way to store your shoes. The Container Store offers one that can fit a couple of shoes in each drawer. It’s also made of steel, which is durable and can be mounted to the wall for stability.

Frequently asked questions

How does Marie Kondo organize shoes?

Marie Kondo believes in storing like with like. The different shoe styles should be together, and within the styles, organize it by color.

Is it better to keep shoes in boxes or out?

You can keep the shoes that you wear often outside of a box. However, keeping shoes in a box is great if you aren’t wearing them for longer periods of time.

Do shoe trees work?

Yes, shoe trees are excellent for maintaining the shape of your shoes, and for pulling out moisture.


Reduce the clutter in your closet by organizing your shoes. Finding practical and space-saving ways to store your shoes will make it easier to find them. It’ll also be nicer to look at, as you won’t feel overwhelmed with a lot of shoes.

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