How I Store My Shoes In A Practical (and The Least Glamorous) Way

I had a surge in the number of shoes I own since my first trip to Tokyo. Obviously the reason for it is seeing these kickass cool kids of Tokyo in their kicks, getting inspired by them all and going "I want that" and "But I might need those too" and buying all of them without considering the consequences. There was definitely one thing I did not consider in, say, the madness of purchasing six different kinds of sneakers in one trip: the space to properly store them all.

So how to store shoes in a small, tight space that is the corner of my walk-in closet/room (a tiny room that I turned into a closet, that is)? I figured that there is only one way, and that is up:

Stacking them up, that is.

I do love the keep the original boxes of the shoes I bought but since Shah and I brought plenty of shoes from overseas and couldn't fit the boxes into our luggages (we always filled them to the brim with goodies), it was a good idea for us to buy these see-through stackable plastic boxes from Daiso. I love the practicality of these boxes, as they allow us to instantly see the shoes we want to wear and they also eliminate any possible "shoe odour" that I prefer not to have mingling with my clothes.

I used to arrange my shoes on the floor, or outside our front door (which was dangerous since my dad thinks we have too much shoes and is always threatening to throw some away when he comes visit), both of which were not very practical and looked really messy, as you can see:

I laid down papers underneath the shoes because I intensely dislike the idea of getting my floors dirty (which is totally normal, by the way).

There are three downsides, though, to using the stackable Daiso boxes: (1) it takes a longer time to extract a pair of shoes that's in a box near the ground, (2) not all shoes would fit into these one-size-only boxes, like my boots and high-heels, but luckily I can still make use of the floor and my three-tiered shoe racks for the heavier and taller shoes:

and (3) they don't look as glamorous as the displayed shoes we used to see on MTV Cribs.
But I'm really OK with that, so it's all good.

Until I get a real built-in sort of shoe storage space, I'll be sticking to this way to store all my shoes!


  1. My man got tired of losing all his wardrobe space to me and my shoes so he built me a walk-in shoe closet. That's the longterm strategy here, just saying.

    1. Haha well lucky you! But I guess with the amount of shoes you own it's practically practical for you to own one, I should think.

  2. My shoes are stacked too.
    Just "normal" boxes though...with the contents written on them (in a marker fancy polaroids or anything like that).
    I dream of walk-in wardrobes, with shoe racks and lighting, like the "Sex and the City" movie.....sigh.
    I have to make do with a torch! Hahahaha...not very glamorous.
    What caught my eye here, however, were those pink Timberland boots!!!
    How CUTE are they?!??!
    I have 2 pairs of pink boots but these lace-ups are the cutest of them all...tough, yet girly.
    I am quite envious just now :oP

    1. Sure, who doesn't want a Carrie-style walk-in shoe closet? But, well, as long as you know where to find an exact pair, any way of storing shoes is good enough, isn't it?

      Two pairs of pink boots? Niceee. I love my pink boots, but I think they're way more practical to be worn, say, in Scotland, than in Malaysia. Open-toed anything is always the best option here! But I can't help it, I saw them on sale and I want them.

  3. I really like the idea of putting the shoes into transparent boxes so that you can see which ones are in which box! It also prevents them from getting dusty which is a problem I have with the shoe shelf I am using to store mine.

    1. Yesss, thank you for reminding me! That's actually another point I should have added. My open bookshelves always get covered with dust so I'm sure that would happen to my shoes too, if I decide to display them in an open-style shoe rack. Which is why my clothes closet have glass sliding doors, to prevent dust from settling.

      I'm already not vacuming the tiny three-tier shoe rack I have often enough, so I can't imagine having to manage a much bigger shoe rack. I suppose if I do get a bigger built-in shoe storage space one day, I'd still display them in transparent boxes!


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I'm a style & lifestyle blogger based in sunny (and ever humid) Malaysia. On The Good Weekender, you can find typed journals of my evolving modest personal style, travel adventures, skincare/beauty updates, home decor things, and stories of other bits and pieces of my everyday life. I hope you'll enjoy flipping through these pages of my virtual book!