Organize Better: Shoe Racks to Keep Your Kicks Sorted

If the shoe fits, store it!

Woman wearing pink high heels.
Keep all your shoes looking this new—with proper storage racks.Kelly Samuel, Pexels

Whether you’re a certified sneakerhead or head over heels for stilettos, your shoe collection deserves proper storage. Here are four things to consider before buying a shoe rack.

Simple Houseware 4-Tier Shoe Rack Storage Organizer, Bronze
Sturdy metal construction that fits up to 20 pairs.Simple Houseware

Shoe racks save space and cut down on clutter, but they still have a footprint, no pun intended. Take measurements before shopping to find the best option, and keep in mind that a large shoe collection might call for a few different organizers. Smaller tiered racks are great for organizing a few everyday shoes in an entryway—and reminding guests to kindly remove their shoes, too. Lesser-worn shoes would probably look tidier stored elsewhere.

24 Pockets - SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, Gray (64'' x 19'')
Vertical hidden storage for all sorts of items, no hardware necessary.Simple Houseware

If you prefer hidden shoe storage, consider vertical and hanging options to really maximize closet space. And don’t let the name “shoe organizer” limit you. Racks and pocket-style organizers are great for organizing a variety of items and can be reconfigured as storage needs change.

VASAGLE Shoe Rack, 5-Tier Shoe Storage Organizer with 4 Metal Mesh Shelves for 16-20 Pairs and Large Surface for Bags, for Entryway, Hallway, Closet, Industrial, Rustic Brown ULBS15BX
Beautiful design with iron and wood materials for form and function.VASAGLE

Shoe racks are utilitarian, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. If you’re organizing your kicks out in the open, don’t be afraid to skip neutrals and go bold with a design-forward rack that complements the rest of your home decor.

AmazonBasics 50-Pair Shoe Rack Organizer
Rolling model in chrome finish for boutique-style storage.AmazonBasics

If your shoe collection is still growing, consider storage options that can grow with it. For example, an adjustable rack that expands horizontally, a modular system with stackable units, or a rolling rack with plenty of empty space to accommodate all the flats, boots, heels and sneakers you already love—and those that you haven’t met yet.