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Shoe storage - Any creative solutions?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by zjpj83, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I really don't want to have to buy another bedroom just to store clothes in the City. [​IMG]

    I'm really running out of space. Right now I have shoes stacked in racks in my closets. The nicer shoes I like to keep in their original boxes, which I have stacked in other closets. But every closet has pretty much reached maximum capacity. The other thing is that I would love to have them all in one place rather than split among closets... but I think that really would require converting a bedroom into a dressing room, which is fine in the burbs, but I'm not going that route in the metropolis - too silly even for me.

    So what are the best shoe storage options? Anyone have good solutions? Are the racks my best option, and I just have too many clothes? [​IMG]
     
  2. tweedlesinpink

    tweedlesinpink Senior member

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    somebody mentioned having a wall of cubbyholes for shoes, which i thought was a marvellous idea, if impractical. but who needs vinyl and CD walls when you've got beautiful shoes on your walls?
     
  3. seok

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    i have a 15-pair shoe rack nearby the apt door, then have the rest racked in 2 closets and stored in the over-the-door holders (mostly sneakers in the over the door rack). the bed bath & beyond o-t-d shoe holders are made of canvas and has a nice brown to it...
     
  4. darck

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    I went to IKEA here in Sweden a week or so ago and saw this:
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    Essientially a bunch of plastic shoe trees that one puts inside the wardrobe and pulls out when needed. Seems to be room for at least 16 shoes. Don't know anything more about it (nor how good this really is for the shoes), I just thought I wanted to show it here [​IMG]

    (I can't seem to find it on the US IKEA web pages, but here it is in Swedish [​IMG])
     
  5. mussel

    mussel Senior member

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    This chest by John Lobb holds 27 pairs:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    The Lobb chest is really cool. I like racks on which you can see the shoes though. I feel like that case would make it hard to see what shoes are where.
     
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    This chest by John Lobb holds 27 pairs:

    [​IMG]


    perfect. i want.
     
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    This chest by John Lobb holds 27 pairs:

    [​IMG]

    That Lobb chest is not at all distinctive. In fact, it looks like something you might happen upon at an Ikea.
     
  10. Stax

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    That Lobb chest is not at all distinctive. In fact, it looks like something you might happen upon at an Ikea.
    the lobb chest is not nearly as elegant as the chest you posted, but, for me, it would be more practical as it could double as a bench. if it had an Ikea price tag it would be in my closet.
     
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    the lobb chest is not nearly as elegant as the chest you posted, but, for me, it would be more practical as it could double as a bench. if it had an Ikea price tag it would be in my closet.
    True, it does look like it could double as a bench or some sort of a chest-like use.
     
  12. VMan

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    That Lobb chest appears to have a drawer near the top as well - perhaps for holding polish and brushes and cloths. Thats kind of cute.
     
  13. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Container Store clear shoeboxes which stack to 6' or 7' have worked well for me.
     
  14. pkincy

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    Which John Lobb did the Chest?

    I guess it doesn't matter as I'll bet my cabinetmaker could convert one of the drawers in my new office cabinetry to shoe storage!!!!
     
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    Which John Lobb did the Chest?

    I guess it doesn't matter as I'll bet my cabinetmaker could convert one of the drawers in my new office cabinetry to shoe storage!!!!

    Perry
     
  16. von Rothbart

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    Which John Lobb did the Chest?


    John Lobb Paris, there's one in the Madison Ave. store.

    Standard file cabinet drawer is only 9.5" high, not high enough to store shoes vertically same way with the JL chest does.

    To answer Z's original question, I think to most efficient way to store shoe is with bookcases with extra shelves. For example, a bookcase 7 ft. high 3.5 ft. with 5" between each shelf has 16 shelves, each shelf can store 5 pairs of shoes to a total of 80 pairs for the whole bookcase. Of course you need to lose all the original shoe boxes, they take up too much space. Check out http://www.scottjordan.com down in Soho, they have some real nice bookcases custom made to your specifications.
     
  17. wheelerray

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    I really don't want to have to buy another bedroom just to store clothes in the City. [​IMG]

    So what are the best shoe storage options? Anyone have good solutions? Are the racks my best option, and I just have too many clothes? [​IMG]


    Imagine that, no one suggested he has too many clothes!
     
  18. Earthmover

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    I think this is a good solution -- I saved this picture from a while back when I asked about nice shoe racks. I thought I could get an inexpensive furniture maker to make it for me (had I the time, I'd make it myself):

    [​IMG]
     
  19. GQgeek

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    You could always have a carpenter build you something to fit the decor of your apartment and put a shoe rack near the entrance. You might even have each row sit behind a glass door that would flip up and in to keep them from getting dusty. Could you cut in to the wall so that it doesn't protrude or protrudes less? Personally, if I had a marvelous collection of shoes, I'd want them on display, whether in their own closet or in some other manner. Keeping them in boxes is definitely using up more space than you need to.

    Btw, how many pairs are we talking about here? If we're talking over 50 pairs maybe it's time to cull the lesser ones?
     
  20. Aaron

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    I store mine underneath my bed. Unfortunately it's not the tidiest solution. I've been thinking about building a sliding L-shaped shelf so that a panel of wood hides the shoes and I can pull it out and see everything at once.

    A.
     

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