Am I being stupid to wonder where people keep all their shoes?

(68 Posts)
Dollslikeyouandme Sun 16-Feb-14 20:00:22

Aibu to think that shoe storage is an actual problem?

I don't think I've got an excessive amount of shoes, but there definitely isn't space in the bottom of the wardrobe, there isn't a single shoe rack big enough, and where do you put shoe racks anyway? In a cupboard? Haven't got the space.

Have most people got a proper place for their shoes, or are everyone else shoved here and there around the house like mine?

londonrach Mon 17-Feb-14 09:11:21

In the cupboard on shelves beneath the coats. I have smart work shoes, trainers x2 (one almost too wore out and will be thrown, the other is the new one), 2x boots (black and brown), 1 x long black boot, walking boots, 1 x summer shoe and 1 x slippers. Wish my clothes were so organised..... Thats more of a storage problem as we rent and apart from the hall cupboard dont have any others....

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Mon 17-Feb-14 09:10:04

When we installed our ikea Pax wardrobes, we had space to fit them forward of the wall. So we cut away most of the back panel and attached Ikea bookcases to the back of the wardrobes before pushing the whole 'unit' up against the wall.

When we push the hanging clothes to one side we have almost floor-to-ceiling shelf space. Mine is occupied mostly by shoes. Dh's is about 1/4 shoes. The rest is bed linen and spare space.

And we have a shoe rack by the front door for all the day-to-day shoes. Plus a load of hiking boots o the floor of another wardrobe.

MrsBucketxx Mon 17-Feb-14 09:07:43

I ave a shoe rack in the downstairs loo, and a shoe wheel for the rest it lives in the wardrobe. I have lots

LydiasLunch Mon 17-Feb-14 09:07:05

We have one of those big ikea wicker lidded hampers in the hall and all the shoes get thrown in there. I'm not a shoe person though. I have snow boots and plain black boots for winter, Clark's men's sandals for summer and some flat black things. I like coats though smile

EarlGreyCuppa Mon 17-Feb-14 09:01:30

CorusKate I use an app on my phone called Memento Database, slightly customised so that I can have thumbnail pictures of my shoes, categorised by colour, brand etc. grin I'm sure you could use it to store various info but..

For my books, I use an app called Book Catalogue. It enables you to scan barcodes to enter the book's details.

Both apps are free on android.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Mon 17-Feb-14 08:15:05

DH has just built me a shoe rack to fit into my built in wardrobe. It's in the garage waiting to be painted. I think my paltry 15-20 pair collection will all fit into it. They are all in clear boxes from Lakeland.

I will post a picture if I can.

envy At the online database though. I want.

lastnightIwenttoManderley Mon 17-Feb-14 08:03:09

Just two of us in our house and under stairs cupboard has full height shelves for shoes - i like to see them!

I've probably got about 25 pairs in all, inc work heels, evening shoes, walking boots, flats etc. Try and keep it as lean as possible - i have size 2 feet so the shoes i do have tend to be on the pricey side which helps regulate the numbers.

wonkylegs Mon 17-Feb-14 08:00:43

We have footwear all over the place. My main bugbear is DHs shoes which he abandons all over the place and at a size 12 they are a serious trip hazard.

afterthought Mon 17-Feb-14 07:51:47

I have a ridiculous amount of shoes and the storage of them (along with my coat and bag collection) is a real problem. I'm not even that into fashion, they are mostly hiking style shoes, coats and bags. At the moment the coats are stored at the top of my wardrobe. Bags and shoes are packed into boxes in the spare room until we have some storage built. Goodness knows where they will go if our family grows ...

EatShitDerek Mon 17-Feb-14 00:57:21

Limed up around rooms.

I have mime and sons shoes lined up under windowsill in living room as its just an empty space.

I have more lined up in my room and his room.

Topaz25 Mon 17-Feb-14 00:53:00

I have an under bed storage thingy. I don't have that many pairs of shoes really (after a recent purge of ones that were worn out, damaged or didn't fit well) about 3 pairs of heels, 3 pairs of flats and 2 pairs of trainers (one pair for outside and one for the gym).

missnevermind Mon 17-Feb-14 00:44:25

We have a five foot bookshelf in the hall with all 'currently worn' shoes in it.
Their are 6 of us and sometimes 8
The rest of MY shoes are in crate sized boxes in my wardrobes. The kids the same, just no crates. ����

invicta Mon 17-Feb-14 00:38:44

On a shoe rack in down stairs toilet. Sumner shoes are in plastic tub on shelf in wardrobe.

Ericaequites Mon 17-Feb-14 00:34:23

My ex sister in law had a shoe closet bigger than most dorm rooms with over 500 pairs of shoes. She spent thirteen years in school uniform, so don't worry that school uniforms mean girls don't develop taste...

MistressDeeCee Mon 17-Feb-14 00:25:55

I have loads of shoes. Some are on a rack in corner of my room. Recently went to Poundstretchers & bought several 'pop up ' canvas clothes storage hampers. Theyre round shaped and have a lid so you cant see whats in them, £2.99 each, and you can colour co-ordinate them with your room. Ive transferred all my shoes into them still in boxes/wrapped. Its nice as theyre out of the way. Much tidier, and I was fed up of tripping over shoes

cosikitty Sun 16-Feb-14 22:46:13

I have converted an old built in airing cupboard in my bedroom into a shoe cupboard. I removed the original shelves and filled it with stackable shoe racks. I have about 35 pairs. Those I wear every day like work shoes are kept in the hall cupboard.

Aelfrith Sun 16-Feb-14 22:37:04

Currently being worn shoes are on a rack by the front door. Might be worn shoes are in wicker basket in bedroom. Definitely not being worn shoes (sandals, snow boots, ballet shoes, tap shoes, posh shoes for going out) are under the bed in a plastic box. Welles are by the back door in a big crate. Crocs are by the kitchen door for going out to the washing line and wood shed.

LustyBusty Sun 16-Feb-14 22:34:29

I have one of these but double the size. Flats (flip flops, sandals and ballet pumps) and trainers go in one side, heels go in the other. I think I have about 40pairs all together including one particular pair of courts in black, nude, purple and petrol walking boots and wellies under the stairs and off season winter boots under the bed. Also, a couple of pairs (generally one pair flat and one heel) each by front and back door where I kick them off either when I come in or when I get up from sofa.

Pipbin Sun 16-Feb-14 22:29:05

Although we don't have a huge amount of shoes, shoe storage was one of my criteria when looking at houses. One of the reasons I liked the house we now have is that it had two understairs cupboards. So I have one just for shoes. They are mainly all DH's!

WitchWay Sun 16-Feb-14 22:24:36

Smart ones in their boxes in the bottom of the guest-room wardrobe. All the rest tumbled into the bottom of my main wardrobe. The bedroom light is really crap & I hate having to rummage around groping for shoes once they've become a bit jumbled up.

Oldraver Sun 16-Feb-14 22:21:26

We have a hall cupboard, not big just a door width, where we store that seasons coats and shoes. Spare shoes are kept boxed in the wardrobe

tunnocksteacake Sun 16-Feb-14 22:09:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AuntySib Sun 16-Feb-14 22:03:21

Shoes on shoe rack adapted from Ikea unit designed for holding boxes of kids toys. Flipflops/Birkies in a drawer pending summer. Boots in the bottom of the wardrobe and in a few boxes. But I have loads of shoes and several pairs of boots, they seem to last for ages.

DS3 has a wicker basket for shoes ( school shoes, trainers, crocs and converse) in his room. DS1 & 2 only have 2 pairs each now they're not at school, so theirs go wherever they chucked them last. DH has a wooden box with a lid for ones he hardly ever wears, but lives in 2 pairs which also go wherever he took them off.
Also have separate plastic boxes in hall for wellies on a shelf so high I can't reach it ( need to change that!)

CorusKate Sun 16-Feb-14 22:01:03

For DVDs and books, that should read and I know because mine are catalogued.

CorusKate Sun 16-Feb-14 22:00:14

Do you use special shoe database software, or have you designed your own, EarlGrey? I know there are free database applications available for DVDs and b

Considers asking DP to knock up a stationery database in INGRES

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