7 space-saving ways to organize shoes in your entryway

Cluttered shoes on the floor
Cluttered shoes on the floor (Image credit: Tom's Guide)

The entryway is often the first place we all dump our footwear, but when it starts to pile up, you’ll need to know ways on how to organize shoes. If you’re on a mission to declutter your home this year, organizing shoes will reduce untidy mess, and free up space. And since it’s the first thing we see when we enter a home, knowing how to organize your shoes can transform your entryway to impress guests.

Luckily, there are savvy, shoe storage solutions to suit any home, lifestyle and budget. Best of all, organizing shoes properly will make it much easier to find your favorite pair of sneakers in no time. So, from shoe benches to stylish baskets, here are 7 space-saving ways to organize shoes in your entryway. 

Before organizing your footwear, you might want to know how to clean Ugg boots without ruining them, or how to clean white shoes to get them looking brand new.  

1. Vertical shoe rack 

Shoe rack in entryway

Shoe rack in entryway (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Shoe racks are the most practical and functional way to store shoes. However, if you have a narrow or small entryway, invest in a vertical shoe rack instead. This will allow enough room for your shoes, without taking up much floor space. It’s also advisable to opt for a rack with adjustable shelf heights to accommodate boots, stilettos or various footwear styles. 

Depending on your needs, vertical shoe racks start from 5 tiers right up to 10 tiers, such as this FIDUCIAL HOME 10 Tiers Shoe Rack ($23, Amazon (opens in new tab)), that can hold up to 25 pairs of shoes. You can also find corner, vertical shoe racks to better suit your entryway space.  

2. Hidden storage bench 

White shoe storage bench

White shoe storage bench (Image credit: Shutterstock)

A storage bench is a great multi-functional storage that also doubles up as a comfy seating area to put on shoes. Shoe benches come in a variety of designs and sizes like this Finnhomy Entryway Shoe Rack with Cushioned Seat ($59, Amazon (opens in new tab)), that also makes an attractive feature in the entryway. 

If you don't have much space however, you can also invest in ottomans or trunks to suit your home, that are multi-purpose, and easy to move around. 

3. Shoe cabinets 

Shoes in cabinet

Shoes in cabinet (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Cabinets are handy if you don’t want your footwear on display, and kept out of mind! These are particularly handy if you have a large family, and you want to keep everyone's footwear organized and in their rightful place. You can place them along walls,or behind doors to hide away the clutter. 

Depending on the style of your entryway, you can opt for modern, slimline cabinets or wooden designs to match your interiors. For instance, this Iwell Storage Cabinet ($102, Amazon (opens in new tab)), is an attractive way to store shoes, and blends in nicely with decor. 

4. Over-the-door racks 

Over the door shoe storage

Over the door shoe storage (Image credit: Shutterstock)

For small apartment dwellers, over-the-door racks are a functional way to organize shoes. These are designed to mount easily over doors of any thickness, and have protective, felt pads to avoid any damage (ideal for renters). While these may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing, these shoe racks are practical space-savers, with different tiers to suit short or tall footwear.

In any case, if you did want something out of sight, you can invest in hanging shoe storage organizers to place inside entryway closets or wardrobes. We can recommend this Gorilla Grip Shoe Holder Rack for Over the Door ($11, Amazon (opens in new tab)), designed to be odor-free and dust-resistant.  

5. Wall-mounted shoe rack

Woman holding shoes from a shoe rack

Woman holding shoes from a shoe rack (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Similarly, you can opt for wall-mounted shoe racks to optimize the floor space in your entryway. These racks are easy to install, and can be positioned at a height that is convenient your family. You can find designs with gliding shoe racks, shelves, and integrated wheels. If you have narrow walls though, you can buy adhesive, hanging mounts like these Sticky Hanging Strips ($16, Amazon (opens in new tab)), which can also be used on a door. 

Alternatively, you can simply install large coat hooks or pegs to keep your footwear flush against the wall. If you want to get creative, there are plenty of wall-mounted ideas on Pinterest such as floating shelves, stainless steel rods or using boot hangers. 

6. Shoe cubbies 

Shoes in cubby storage

Shoes in cubby storage (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Storage cubbies are another great way for keeping footwear in order, and looking tidy. Each cubby allows you to see your shoes clearly, making them easy to locate and put away. This is especially handy for children who can quickly put their shoes neatly away in their own spaces. 

You can even find stackable cubby organizers like this C&AHOME Plastic Shoe Rack ($42, Amazon (opens in new tab)), so you won’t have the issue of shoes being piled on top of one another. If you didn’t want everything on show however, you can buy stylish, storage boxes with customized labels to fit neatly into the cubby holes.   

7. Shoe bins or baskets 

Storage crates and baskets

Storage crates and baskets (Image credit: Shutterstock)

If you have a tiny entryway that often gets cluttered, shoe storage bins or baskets allow you to keep your shoes easily accessible by your door. You can find transparent storage bins that generally stack, or you can use other decorative containers like crates. The on-trend, seagrass or woven baskets like this Mkono Woven Storage Basket ($25, Amazon) (opens in new tab), tend to be durable and can add warmth, and a cosy feel to a space.  

Where is the best place to store shoes?

Hallway feature wall

Hallway feature wall (Image credit: Shutterstock)

According to experts, shoe storage space should be located at the main door you use to enter and leave your home. In theory, the closer the shoes are to the door,  the less space you'll need to walk through the home with dirty footwear before removing them. 

In any case, this keeps the entryway looking more organized and less cluttered, providing you don’t make these 5 decluttering mistakes!

Knowing how to clean every room of your home will also help to create a clean, minimalist space. Plus, if your home is compact, here's how to make a small room look bigger and how to brighten a dark room for top tips and tricks.  

Cynthia Lawrence
Homes Writer

Cynthia Lawrence specialises in Homes ecommerce, covering all things homes and garden-related. She has a wealth of editorial experience testing the latest, ‘must-have’ home appliances, writing buying guides and the handy ‘how to’ features. 

Her work has been published in various titles including, T3, Top Ten Reviews, Ideal Home, Real Homes, Livingetc. and House Beautiful, amongst many.

With a rather unhealthy obsession for all things homes and interiors, she also has an interior design blog for style inspiration and savvy storage solutions (get rid of that clutter!). When she’s not testing cool products, she’ll be searching online for more decor ideas to spruce up her family home or looking for a great bargain!