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10 Favorites: Shoe Storage Solutions for the Entryway

It’s a perennial problem for most households (at least those trying to fight the good fight): Where to put the shoes after their compulsory removal by the front door. Wall-mounted shoe cabinets tend to hold too few pairs, and pockets that hang behind the door tend to look sloppy (as does a giant pile of shoes on the floor).

Short of a custom design, here are 10 solutions—freestanding, leaning, and hanging—that we like.

 The Gaston Shoe Rack from German brand Side by Side leans against the wall while holding up to 12 pairs of adult shoes. Made of ash wood, the rack comes with a hanging metal shoehorn; £170 at Twenty Twenty1One.
Above: The Gaston Shoe Rack from German brand Side by Side leans against the wall while holding up to 12 pairs of adult shoes. Made of ash wood, the rack comes with a hanging metal shoehorn; £170 at Twenty Twenty1One.
 This Tower Shoe Rack accommodates six rows of shoe storage (up to 24 pairs of shoes) and has a solid wood top for resting keys, mail, and other entryway essentials. It’s made in Japan by Yamazaki of powder-coated steel and wood; $115.50 at Burke Decor. See more Yamazaki products here: 10 Ingenious (and Inexpensive!) Small Storage Products from Japan.
Above: This Tower Shoe Rack accommodates six rows of shoe storage (up to 24 pairs of shoes) and has a solid wood top for resting keys, mail, and other entryway essentials. It’s made in Japan by Yamazaki of powder-coated steel and wood; $115.50 at Burke Decor. See more Yamazaki products here: 10 Ingenious (and Inexpensive!) Small Storage Products from Japan.
 Though this Shelf Unit from Ikea’s PS 2017 collection can be used for a variety of purposes, its proportions (35 inches wide and almost 12 inches deep) make it perfect for shoe storage in the entryway. Made of beechwood and powder-coated steel, it’s $99.
Above: Though this Shelf Unit from Ikea’s PS 2017 collection can be used for a variety of purposes, its proportions (35 inches wide and almost 12 inches deep) make it perfect for shoe storage in the entryway. Made of beechwood and powder-coated steel, it’s $99.
In my own San Francisco apartment, my bedroom closet is about four steps from my front door—so when I get home, I just put my shoes away. But I’ve always thought that if I ever need entryway shoe storage, I’d buy a preschool cubby unit and paint or stain it to match my entryway. One good option: This Eco 25-Cubby Storage Unit has individual cubbies about eight inches wide and 11 inches deep; $318.99 at School Outfitters.
Above: In my own San Francisco apartment, my bedroom closet is about four steps from my front door—so when I get home, I just put my shoes away. But I’ve always thought that if I ever need entryway shoe storage, I’d buy a preschool cubby unit and paint or stain it to match my entryway. One good option: This Eco 25-Cubby Storage Unit has individual cubbies about eight inches wide and 11 inches deep; $318.99 at School Outfitters.
The Sko Shoe Rack by Danish designer Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen has an ash wood frame and white powder-coated steel shelves. Made in Denmark, it’s $265 at Design Within Reach.
Above: The Sko Shoe Rack by Danish designer Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen has an ash wood frame and white powder-coated steel shelves. Made in Denmark, it’s $265 at Design Within Reach.
 The ladder-style Shoe Rack Attendant from German brand Magazin leans against the wall, holding up to 26 pairs of shoes. An included garment hanger rests on any rung to allow for extra hanging storage. Made of birch and ash wood, it’s €325.
Above: The ladder-style Shoe Rack Attendant from German brand Magazin leans against the wall, holding up to 26 pairs of shoes. An included garment hanger rests on any rung to allow for extra hanging storage. Made of birch and ash wood, it’s €325.
 For a household’s worth of shoes, install several wall-mounted Shoe Racks from Danish brand We Do Wood, made of bamboo and brass; $180 at Connox.
Above: For a household’s worth of shoes, install several wall-mounted Shoe Racks from Danish brand We Do Wood, made of bamboo and brass; $180 at Connox.
From Essem Design in Sweden, the Sara Shoe Rack is made of stained wood and powder-coated steel. It’s available in white, black, and oak, in standalone or wall-mounted versions. Contact Essem for pricing and availability. For more from the company, see Essem Design: Stylish Storage Solutions from Sweden.
Above: From Essem Design in Sweden, the Sara Shoe Rack is made of stained wood and powder-coated steel. It’s available in white, black, and oak, in standalone or wall-mounted versions. Contact Essem for pricing and availability. For more from the company, see Essem Design: Stylish Storage Solutions from Sweden.
 The wall-mounted Schuhkippe (translation: “shoe dump”) from Swiss brand Lehni is 65 inches tall and holds at least 10 pairs of shoes. Available in eight colors, including the white shown here, it’s CHF 988.69.
Above: The wall-mounted Schuhkippe (translation: “shoe dump”) from Swiss brand Lehni is 65 inches tall and holds at least 10 pairs of shoes. Available in eight colors, including the white shown here, it’s CHF 988.69.
 An idea we love. At women’s clothing store La Garçonne in SoHo, New York City, architect Solveig Fernlund used a trio of Alvar Aalto Wall Shelves to display shoes. These shelves are as lovely as any we know (they’re $495 each in white from Hive Modern), but Ekby shelving from Ikea (at $14.99 each) would do the trick. See the rest in Sensuous Simplicity for the Thinking Woman. Photograph by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista.
Above: An idea we love. At women’s clothing store La Garçonne in SoHo, New York City, architect Solveig Fernlund used a trio of Alvar Aalto Wall Shelves to display shoes. These shelves are as lovely as any we know (they’re $495 each in white from Hive Modern), but Ekby shelving from Ikea (at $14.99 each) would do the trick. See the rest in Sensuous Simplicity for the Thinking Woman. Photograph by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista.

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