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Cheap metal shoe racks may have come in handy when you were in college, but unless you're still living a dorm, it's time to graduate to something a little more substantial. That isn't to say that you have to compromise on your aesthetic, either.
Whether you're looking to maximize space by using versatile, multitasking pieces or you just want something that dresses up your empty entryway, we encourage you to look outside the shoe storage box. TV consoles, bookshelves, benches, ottomans—they're all statement-making pieces that are capable of cutting clutter.
To simplify your shopping experience, we've rounded up our favorite shoe storage solutions below.
Open Spaces Entryway Rack
This simple, streamlined rack is a no-frills, high-quality way to display your shoes (or anything else, for that matter) in minimalist fashion. The powder-coated steel design features three tiered shelves each which are capable of holding 22 pounds or, as reviewers point out, four pairs of shoes.
Open Space's rack also rocks a curved handle, making it easy to move around your space. While it requires assembly, an Allen wrench and screws come included, and people say it takes just minutes. The entryway rack is also available in five colors—navy, pink, cream, light blue, and dark green—so no matter your color scheme, there's a suitable option.
Castlery Luka TV Stand
Sometimes, you need to get creative when it comes to organizing your shoes—especially if you live in a small space like a studio apartment. No matter your living situation, though, multitasking furniture—like Castlery's Luka—comes in clutch.
The low-profile TV stand is sleek and features a visually stunning walnut veneer as well as slatted doors which overlap to create new patterns when opened. The doors glide smoothly along a tongue and groove mechanism and inside, two extra-long shelves can be used to stash your shoes, books, paperwork, and more.
Article Culla Oak Bench
Yes, the same piece of furniture that keeps your shoes organized can also be used as a seating surface. We love Article’s multi-tasking Culla Oak Bench, which is a genius space-saving alternative for those who lack ample storage space.
The mid-century-inspired piece features a button-tufted seat set upon a beautifully veneered frame that holds two large soft close drawers which, you guessed it, are ideal for stashing your go-to shoes. Whether you decide to place it in your entryway or at the foot of your bed, it will serve two purposes while adding an impactful touch to your space.
Urban Outfitters Stackable Bamboo Shoe Rack
With its sustainable, moisture-resistant bamboo construction, this simple shoe rack is an easy way to add an organic design element to your space be it your bathroom, bedroom, or entryway. Aside from its looks, we also love that the rack is stackable so you can grow your storage as you add more kicks to your collection.
Each rack features two shelves that are able to hold six to eight pairs of shoes. So, all you need to do is order a few (or several, depending on the severity of your shoe obsession) to build a chic and efficient storage solution.
Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet
With clean lines, simple but elegant hardware, and an incredibly reasonable price tag, the Hemnes Shoe Cabinet has long been one of Ikea's best-selling designs. It features four compartments to neatly stash your shoes and the top offers ample space for keys, candles, and trinket trays. Since the cabinet only has two front legs (the back must be fastened to the wall), you can easily slide it right up against the wall and prevent any gaps that baseboards usually cause.
Whether you opt to keep it in your entryway or your bedroom, you won’t have to compromise style for organization. The piece holds a minimum of eight pairs of shoes, but if you need more space, your budget will likely allow for two cabinets as they come in under $100.
Room&Board Foshay Console Bookcase
If you're looking to add a major dose of color to your space—in addition to an organizational solution for all of your favorite footwear, of course—then Room&Board’s Foshay Console Bookcase is your guy. Since it's made out of durable powder-coated steel, the bold piece is built to last as well as impress.
While it isn’t sold as a shoe rack specifically (most people use it to display odds and ends), the Foshay's clean, minimal design makes it a stellar option for those who love modern, architectural furniture. If you ever move into a new space and don’t need the additional shoe storage, you can also transition the versatile piece into a console or bookshelf.
Frontgate Juliette Storage Ottoman
Upon first look, nobody is going to guess that this elegant ottoman houses your favorite footwear. Frontgate's Juliette Storage Ottoman is exquisitely tailored and masterfully crafted, featuring a tufted seating surface that can be customized in endless color and fabric options.
The hinged top lifts up, allowing you to store shoes in storage pockets around the perimeter. The large size houses 16 pairs while the small is good for eight and the middle portion of the ottoman is perfect for storing other items like scarves, belts, or handbags. Whether you decide to place it at the end of the bed or in the middle of your walk-in closet, this gorgeous piece will make a major statement.
Crate & Barrel Flex Modular Bench with Clothing Bar
This contemporary storage option from Crate & Barrel is basically a modular closet. With hanging space as well as a shoe shelf, it's ideal for those lacking built-in storage solutions.
The Flex, designed exclusively for the brand by Paul Galli, features two black iron uprights that anchor to the wall to support a clothing rail. When it comes to your footwear collection, you can use the bottom metal shelf and/or the sleek white storage compartments which easily open up and stack vertically.
Birch Lane Dayana Shoe Storage Cabinet
With a reclaimed oak finish, wire mesh doors, and bronze hardware, this cabinet may scream farmhouse first and foremost, but it'll complement a number of aesthetics from rustic to coastal to eclectic.
The Dayana Cabinet features five shelves built to store 20 pairs of your favorite sneakers, stilettos, sandals, or wellies, while the top provides the perfect place to display a floral arrangement or your favorite photo. One word of warning: Assembly is required, so get that Phillips screwdriver ready!
17 Stories 12 Pair Shoe Storage Cabinet
If you're looking to add a creative and eccentric touch to your space, this shoe locker-slash-storage cabinet is a great option. The fun piece features three doors and six interior shelves which can keep roughly 12 pairs of shoes out of view.
In addition to storing shoes, reviewers also note that it's a great place to stash everything from art supplies to pet food. The metal design is available in multiple color options (think mint green, black, white, and dark grey), so you shouldn't have any trouble finding the right fit.