Shoe Storage Shelves: a shoe solution fit for a Shoeperwoman!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard me banging on recently about my search for a new shoe storage solution. I’ve had my existing shoe shelves for almost exactly a year now, and it only took me a few weeks to discover that this kind of shoe storage was definitely the best solution for me: in fact, I’m not sure I’d have managed to complete last year’s Shoe Challenge without them – being able to actually see my shoes definitely beat rummaging through a ton of boxes and forgetting what I had because they were all stuffed into awkward corners or under the bed!

As much as I loved those shelves, though, they were a little too small to hold all of my collection, and they weren’t a great fit for the space, either, so when we got back from our holiday last month, I started searching for something better. I’d almost settled on buying one of Ikea’s Billy bookcases, when Shoeperman suggested that as the shelves sit in an alcove in the room anyway, it might be simpler – and cheaper – to just buy some wood and make our own shelves, so we could make them fit the space exactly.

This was a suggestion Shoeperman was to seriously regret making, because, of course, when I say “we could make them”, I obviously mean he could make them, because I’m as useless with DIY as I am with any other kind of crafting.

Trouper that he is, though, he rose to the challenge, and I think it was worth it. We bought some wood from a local timber ┬ámerchant, painted the walls white, and here’s what we ended up with:

(Excuse the wonky camera angle! It’s me that’s off-balance, not the shelves, I promise!)

(Again, the room is so small I had to take this at a really odd angle to get them all in, which makes it look like the shelves are about to fall over! They’re not, though. Or at least, I hope not.)

This isn’t quite my full collection: my winter boots are all in storage in the attic right now, and I decided to leave the tatty old flats and flip-flops where they were, but the shelves still hold more than twice the amount of shoes I had on the old ones, and, well, there’s still room for more. Not that I’ll be taking advantage of that extra space, you understand. *whistles innocently*


With these shoe storage shelves, I decided to put my suede shoes on display as well as the leather ones, at least for the time being. Because the room is our office, the blinds have to be kept closed pretty much all the time, otherwise we can’t see our computer screens. That’s bad news for us, obviously, but it’s good news for the shoes, because there’s no direct sunlight to fade them. The other risk is dust, of course, but having risked some of my cheaper suede shoes on the shelves for most of last year, I didn’t find that to be an issue, so I’ve put all of the shoes out for now, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on them, and may put some them back in the closet if I think there’s a change of them getting damaged. For now, though, I just really wanted to see them all on display at the same time!

Huge thanks to Terry for taking the time to make these, and for doing such an amazing job of it!

32 Comments

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Alex

    They look awesome. I love the fact the shoes are arranged by colour, that’s exactly how I would arrange them.

  • WOW Amber! My jaw literally dropped, I NEED one of these! A SHOE ROOM! *swoon*

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    mel

    well done shoeperman! and by the looks of it there is enough space for new additions!!

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Siel

    OMG That is just shoe paradise :) I love it, now I just need as much shoes as you to make my own shelves… But I’ll definitely display them as you do, it’s an alternative for a book case, don’t you think? And much more pretty :)

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Ausra

    Oh dear, this is fantastic! A museum of beautiful-shoe-obsession :) Great job! If I were you, I would be spending all my free-time from wearing them – sorting them by price/colour/size/price etc. etc. etc. :D

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Shinypigeon

    I’m bookmarking this and showing P (my other half) and requesting this in our first bought home.

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Ana Paula

    I loved. It’s so pretty it could be in your living room!! I wish my closet had space to make something like this.

    • Reply July 5, 2011

      Shoeperwoman

      Well, it’s on the wall of my office, which is even better, because that’s where I spend most of my time – I get to look at the pretty shoes while I work :)

      • Reply July 5, 2011

        Ana Paula

        I’m sitting in my office checking my walls right now to see if I could fit one of these and I have the perfect spot for it but is currently being occupied y my daughter’s play house :-(

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Julia M

    This looks so neat! The orange shoes with the little blue gems are very lovely.

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Tali

    Wow. And I see a lot of free space for more shoes! Good long-run thinking)
    I’m in love with your collection..

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Foralltheshoes

    I love your shoe storage! I can’t wait to have my shoe storage done at my house! :)

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Denise

    Fabulous! I loved the shelves! They look really nice, and no doubt much better than the “Billy solution”! And the shoes, just like a nice painting on the wall! The best part: there is definitely space for more!!!!

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Shoezanne

    wow, this looks fantastic. It’s so much prettier than my shoe room.
    I was thinking about storing my shoes on shelves like this but I was also worried about them getting dusty. I thought about having a glass door to protect them but it would cost a fortune.
    Keep us up to date on how it’s going :)

    • Reply July 5, 2011

      Shoeperwoman

      I worried about that too, but I had them on a different set of shelves for about a year before doing this, and it honestly wasn’t an issue – you just have to make sure you dust them every so often!

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    drea

    Wow, that looks so impressive, I’m jealous :O

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Shoe Loving

    Wow! That looks just amazing – just like a shoe museum, or art gallery – so much better than a picture on the wall! I wish we had a place to make something like this! Good to have them in a place where you can look at them often.

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Daisy

    I love it, looks amazing!!!

  • Reply July 5, 2011

    Sara

    Wow, that’s so beautiful! I like that there is some colour-coding going on there too :) I would love to have something like this, if only I had the room for it! It is a problem not being able to see all the shoes you own – I keep thinking I need new shoes because I forget the ones I already have!

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Tracey

    Love it! We are currently looking for a new house to buy and I have told my husband I must have shoe shelves.

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Marianne

    I am so jealous I’d fit in right between the suede court shoes and the green and gold sandals. It’s just exquisite. You could always do a simple sheet curtain over them if you found a major dust problem, but of course then, you couldn’t see them. They are like a work of art just as they are. I am in awe of your Louboutins. One day I aspire to own my own pair.

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Zoe

    I use a similar shelving system but I got a storage tip from the April issue of…I want to say Elle? Maybe Allure. Anyway, it was a peak into one of the Kardashian sisters (I want to say Khloe?) shoe closet and she had them stored on shelves with one shoe’s toe towards you and one with the heel towards you so the two shoes kinda curve around each other. Not only does this save space it lets you compare heel height and width when choosing shoes.

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Sandy

    Wow! I wouldn’t dare have a shoe shelving system tho…it would be a constant reminder to hubby at how many shoes I have and he does verily “hate the shoes”!! Besides…I’ve already filled our spare room with books, can’t take over another room…yet.

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Aline C

    Jealous, it’s SOO pretty :D
    good job shoeperman!!!!

  • Reply July 6, 2011

    Shinypigeon

    UPDATE – Have showed him indoors your shoe wall and have been granted permission to have one just like it! I may have skipped about a little….

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    Call me M

    Wow! Terry did a great job with the shelves!
    This is actually one of my dreams, to have my shoes on display like this!
    I’m so jealous of your shoe collection! I love how you put them in color order…
    Love all those pics and the shoes in them. What a great idea! true inspiration!

  • Reply July 12, 2011

    Emily Jayne

    Gorgeous! Also, I am seriously coveting your shoe collection.

  • Reply July 18, 2011

    Mydao

    I love it. What type of brackets are used to hold up the shelves? I can’t really tell from the photos, they look real small. I would probably hang some curtain panels on a sliding track on the ceiling to cover them up though. Like these..http://img.archiexpo.com/images_ae/photo-g/sliding-panel-blind-339739.jpg. Ikea also have them in all kinds of colors and patterns. I’m going to ask my boyfriend to help me build this in my small den.

  • Reply September 28, 2011

    Ellen Kaminagakura

    OMG ! It’s such a dream shoe closet !

    Lovely dear ! Certainly following you at twitter !

    http://universeandyou.wordpress.com/

    Xoxo from Japan

  • Reply April 20, 2012

    Dawn

    This is nice. I’ve got way too many shoes for this though. And what do you do for boots?? But, still a great inspring effort. Hope you don’t mind if I link you in my own blog.

    • Reply April 20, 2012

      Shoeperwoman

      Not at all! And boots count as “shoes” for the purpose of the challenge – “The Shoe and Boot Challenge” just didn’t sound right :)

  • Reply April 20, 2012

    Dawn

    INSPIRING even.

    http://www.dawnlovesshoes.com

    -Dawn

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