Sole Envy: How to Organize Shoe Closets

Hello Fabulistas! We’ve talked decluttering your closet and storing winter coats. Now it’s time to delve deeper into one of the most glamorous storage subjects, shoe closets. A full-fledged closet isn’t always an option, but we can learn a thing or two from these footwear-dedicated rooms. Here are ideas on how to build your own (large or small) shoe closet.

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from Pinterest

Slanted Shelves for Better Views

Shoe storage, like any closet storage, is all about seeing and appreciating what you have. I love to store shoes on slanted shelves. They give a better perspective of heel height, detailing, and backs—all of which matter when choosing a stunning ensemble.

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from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily

Glass-Front Cabinet

Blogger and interior designer Aimee Song is revered for her personal style and chic blog, Song of Style. Glamour photographed her closet, (see the rest here), and captured this savvy shoe storage idea. A streamlined glass-front cabinet blends in seamlessly with the rest of this pristine closet area.

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from Glamour

Bright, White Shelves

I began my career as a fashion designer, so I know that presentation is everything. That goes for closets, too. Fashion editor and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia showed off a spectrum of eye-catching shoes when she welcomed Architectural Digest into her home. She understands that white is the perfect background for shelves full of shoes. It makes the small differences in styles and colors pop!

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from Architectural Digest

Labeled Boxes for Quick Selection

Perhaps you’re afraid that your fabulous collection will see too much light of the day. A collection of sleek boxes with coordinating snapshots will make finding your favorite pair of the day a breeze.

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from WhoWhatWear

Neat Cubbies for Organization

Don’t have the space or budget for custom shoe-sized shelves? Invest in a shelving unit  like IKEA’s KALLAX series. The cubbies are the perfect size for a pair of shoes and will keep your shoe closet perfectly organized.

cubby

from SINGER22

Backlit for Prime Picking

Poor overhead lighting in a closet can be easily overcome with backlit shoe shelves. However, I suggest only turning on the lights during shoe selection. Otherwise, the light may harm the precious surface of your favorite accessories!

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from Babble

Seating Required…

…If you can spare the room. Sometimes tight closet spaces won’t allow it. However, a perch for pulling on your favorite heels is a closet luxury that feels like an essential. Seating is also wonderful for admiring your prize collection!

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from Pinterest

Every well-curated shoe collection deserves a worthy shoe closet or storage area. Did I miss any of our favorite design elements? Please share them in the comments below. I’d love to see them!