No Room for All Your Shoes? Here Are 8 Creative Storage Ideas
Being a shoe-lover while also living in a tiny college dorm room is a struggle. When deciding what to pack for college, you might spend hours determining whether it’s worth it to take a pair with you or to (tragically) leave it behind. Browsing online is near torture, because you have no room for any of it. For anyone in this situation, it can feel like there’s never enough space in your dorm to store shoes — let alone do so practically and attractively.
Well, I can promise that it’s not you, it’s the dorms. I remember touring colleges after my junior year of high school and the first thing I said after seeing a dorm in person was: “They expect me to fit all my stuff in this small thing? There is absolutely no way!” The closet spaces were always the most concerning; I quickly learned that college dorm closets can barely fit a minimal amount of clothing, let alone shoes to go with it.
Unfortunately, having limited space for shoes doesn’t give you permission to leave them all over the place (unless you want bad blood with your roommate). Thankfully, there are tons of ways to creatively store shoes — yes, even for those of us with larger collections. Many shoe organization systems are compact but effective, and if you’re stressed they won’t fit your aesthetic, don’t worry. Here are eight of the best shoe storage items that fit a variety of needs, design styles, and budgets.