There's no true one-size-fits-all for shoe storage, just as there's no true one-size-fits-all for shoes themselves. But, if our recent lab test of nearly 30 separate shoe racks tells us anything, there are some key components and features you can look for to ensure you're getting a rack that will meet your needs. Whether your needs include lots of room for tall boots, compact cubbies for plenty of kids' shoes, or versatile storage that can accommodate shoes of all shapes and sizes, we have an option for you, thanks to our rigorous testing in The Lab.
We evaluated each shoe rack on capacity, setup, design, stability, ease of cleaning, and value, and also took notes about other features (and drawbacks) that affected the tester's impression and the piece's performance. After this lengthy process, our best overall pick is the Open Spaces Entryway Rack, an attractive, durable option that could fit 12 pairs of shoes during our testing, including tall boots. It also features a versatile design that makes it a good choice for a variety of spaces—plus, it comes in multiple colors.
Here, the best shoe racks to help keep your footwear tidy and closet organized.
Best Overall: Open Spaces Entryway Rack
Handle for easy movement
Simple assembly and maintenance
Very durable design
A contemporary aesthetic, spacious shelves, and durability set the Open Spaces Entryway Rack apart during our tests. Our tester was pleasantly surprised that, while the stylish brand suggests placing six to nine shoes on this rack, they managed to comfortably fit 12 pairs. So, whether your weakness is platform sandals or hiking boots, they'll all stay neatly aligned on this three-shelf unit. The model's durable, metal construction makes this freestanding shelf system incredibly sturdy, too, so you'll be able to enjoy it throughout multiple seasons. It's also equipped with a built-in handle, which "is really nifty if you have to move the shoe rack from room to room," according to our tester.
During testing, the rack received a strong score for durability. "When I hit it with the vacuum, the shoe rack did get pushed back a bit, but I didn't feel like any of the shoes were in danger of falling off," our tester noted. They added that the product seemed very durable and nicely made, and weren't nervous that it would fall apart at all. Notably, there are almost 8 inches of space between each shelf, as well, so you can easily fit most shoes, sandals, wedges, and small heels. Plus, each shelf is strong enough to hold up to 22 pounds at one time. There is a bit of assembly required, though our tester said the setup process was very quick and user-friendly.
Ultimately, we can see this rack being a lovely and helpful addition to any entryway, closet, living room, or bedroom, especially since it's available in multiple colors, including black, dark green, navy, cream, light blue, and light pink.
Price at time of publish: $147
Best Budget: Rebrilliant 2-Tier 8-Pair Shoe Rack
Heels could slip through the slats
If you’re looking for a basic, budget-friendly rack that's comparable to much more expensive choices, consider the Rebrilliant 2-Tier 8-Pair Shoe Rack. "I would purchase this rack for sure," our tester said, noting the price is very reasonable and the product is sturdy. "I would recommend it to others, unless they wanted a larger rack or wanted a flat surface for high heels."
When it comes to stability, our tester said the rack didn't wobble much or shake when they hit it with a vacuum. The materials and the way it's put together makes the rack feel very stable, too. It's made of bamboo, and has a natural finish that makes it an easy addition to most decor styles and color schemes. The shelves are designed with slats, so it's lightweight and airy, as well. It even promises to be moisture-resistant, a bonus for rainy days or sweaty shoes.
There is some assembly required, but setup entails just putting two parts together. Our tester noted that "no instructions were needed based on the simple design." At such a modest price, you might consider purchasing multiple of this single shoe rack to add to your home and organize your stash of sneakers, slippers, and more. Since it's relatively small, purchasing multiple could be a good solution for those with larger shoe collections.
Price at time of publish: $22
Best Splurge: West Elm Mid-Century Shoe Rack
Made of solid wood
Made in a Fair Trade facility
Stylish design is great for entryway
Only holds 6 to 8 pairs of adult shoes
Rocks back and forth a bit
If you're looking for an attractive piece that you'll appreciate every time you step into your home, then look no further than this mid-century modern rack from West Elm. It sailed through our tests, and our tester noted the piece was something they'd even purchase for themselves, even with the higher price tag and the smaller, six-to-eight shoe capacity. It was that good.
Along with the chic design, it scored perfect marks for setup and ease of cleaning, and near-perfect scores for design and stability. "Nothing fell off when I jostled the shoe rack, and the shoes don't seem like they're going anywhere when I hit it with the vacuum," our tester noted. "However, the shoe rack itself does rock back and forth, because it seems like the legs don't 100 percent line up correctly." While this may seem like a caveat to this rack, our tester explained that, since the rack consists of just two shelves and is low to the ground, it's a non-issue. Plus, with such a strong performance in other categories and stylish design, it remains a standout choice.
Notably, the piece is also made of solid wood and manufactured in a Fair Trade-certified facility. All in all, our tester said, "I think for the quality you're getting, it's pretty fairly priced." They could see it being displayed in your entryway.
Price at time of publish: $220
Best Large: Vasagle 5-Tier Shoe Rack
Sturdy compared to similar models
Easy to clean
Doesn’t accommodate larger shoes without gaps
A narrow shoe organizer that also earns accolades for being spacious may sound like an oxymoron, but in the case of this piece from VASAGLE, it's a reality, too. "I was able to get 15 pairs on the rack, using the top shelf as a rack," our tester said. They added that large shoes hung over the front or back edge a bit, but that the canvas slings are taut, making the piece very effective at what it does.
This shelf is also a breeze to take care of, too. "The top wiped up easily with a dry paper towel," our tester said. The canvas shelf also cleaned up quickly—our tester suspected that the dark-colored material made it simpler to hide or remove marks from dirt. Though, some effort does go into putting this shelf together. With 30 parts plus hardware, setup took a bit of time and our tester said the instructions were only so-so. Notably, once you have this 5-tier rack built, though, you'll likely appreciate it as much as our tester did.
Price at time of publish: $40
Best for Entryway: Brightroom 4 Tier Shoe Rack
Modern, minimalist design
Easy to put together
Lower shelves don't accommodate larger shoes and boots
If you want an attractive, practical shoe rack that gives you the option to store other essentials and necessities on the top shelf, look no further than this moderately-priced option from Target's Brightroom line. We could see it serving your entryway well, thanks to its sleek design and functional storage.
This versatile rack earned a perfect score for capacity and ease of cleaning, along with near-perfect scores for stability and setup. "This was pretty easy to put together," our tester said. "The instructions were very clear and it did not take very long to do. The screws and everything provided felt very high-quality."
With neutral, white shelves and the natural wood tone of the top surface, this piece also becomes an easy add-on to multiple decor styles. Plus, it proved to be spacious in our testing and held men's, women's, and children's shoes alike with ease. The only downside? "Tall boots can only be placed on the top, which is a solid top."
Price at time of publish: $48
Best for Small Spaces: The Container Store White Mesh Stackable Shoe Shelf
Comes fully assembled
Doesn’t accommodate larger shoes like boots
Shelves are not adjustable
The Container Store White Mesh Stackable Shoe Shelf leaves you with room to grow your shoe collection. Each rack features metal, mesh shelves, and has the ability to expand, since the product is stackable, too. Our tester noted that four pairs fit comfortably on the unit itself, while the floor space carved out by the design adds room for an additional four pairs. Even if it's in a high-traffic area, you can count on it to be sturdy, as well. Our tester said "no shoes fell off or tipped over" when they hit it with a vacuum.
It also arrived fully assembled, so all you need to do is set it in place (or, of course, stack it—if you're setting up more than one). If you're looking to store a whole shoe collection, be mindful that you have 7.5 inches between the shelves and they're not adjustable, so only the top rung will hold boots or other tall shoes. Still, a clean and crisp design and budget-friendly price tag make this piece worth adding to your cart.
Price at time of publish: $20
Best for Closet: Urban Outfitters Billie Shoe Rack
Shelf at floor level
Easy to see contents
More wobbly than other designs
The Billie Shoe Rack from Urban Outfitters is a great start to easy closet organization. Based on our tester's experience, the rack is large enough to comfortably accommodate nine pairs of shoes. The spacious shelves make it easy to see and reach them, as well. "I think the design is better than others that I've tested that were just plain natural wood or white particleboard," our tester observed. This rack, on the contrary, is a mix of dark stained wood and a black metal frame. According to our tester, it would look particularly nice sitting outside of a closet. Plus, you don't have to commit to one spot with this shelf on hand. The lightweight design makes it so easy to move from one room to the next.
While the design is attractive enough that you may be tempted to put it on display in your home, we also think it's a good option for closets that don't see as much foot traffic as entryways. "The shoe rack is a little wobbly. It sways easily with a medium-force touch and the rack slides on a smooth surface," our tester said. The rack also moves slightly when bumped. In a closet, it would stay secure. But, if you find that you must have it on display (we get it), just be careful not to bump it too often.
Price at time of publish: $139
Best for Garage: Brightroom Rolling Entry Rack
Easy to assemble
Doesn't accommodate larger shoes on lower levels
The wheels on Target's Rolling Entry Rack make it super practical for a garage. After putting it through our very rigorous tests, our tester noted, "I would 100 percent buy this and recommend it to someone else. I can see my parents really enjoying this rack because it moves so easily. My mom can keep her shoes by the door, and when my dad wants to change into work boots, he can pull it across the garage to his workbench."
If you don't intend to move it often, have no fear that it will still stay in place, though. When it comes to stability, our tester explained that they "grabbed the rack and shook it, spun it around, and smacked the daylights out of it with the vacuum." Nothing fell off. While some boots on the top rack shifted around a little, the rack was super stable otherwise. We had a small stick vacuum, and the head went completely under the rack, too, meaning you don't have to move it to clean. That's a real win, if you ask us. Just know: the lower level doesn't accommodate larger shoes well.
Price at time of publish: $70
Best Bench: Vasagle Shoe Bench
Looks like an actual piece of furniture
Doubles as a place to sit
Can store decor as well
More involved assembly process
Back piece felt a bit flimsy
The Vasagle Shoe Bench is a convenient shoe storage option for your entryway. It features two rows of open shelves, where you can place a total of 10 pairs of shoes or other items. In addition, you can comfortably sit on top of the bench to put footwear back on when it’s time to head out again. During testing, our tester said, "This shoe rack has it all, including a bench sheet and adjustable cubbies. I love that you can fit rain or snow boots in some cubbies and flats or heels in others." Ultimately, they'd be happy to add this piece to their entryway.
The bench is more sophisticated than your average shoe storage solution, too. It looks more like a piece of furniture rather than an organizational product, because it’s crafted from solid and manufactured wood. It's also fairly stable. Our tester only noted that the back piece felt a bit flimsy and that the bench rocked slightly with our their movement. Overall, this bench is a good product at a good price, though. It comes in three color pairings, too.
Price at time of publish: $77
Best for College Dorm: Simply Essential 2-Tier Stackable Shoe Organizer
Easy to clean
Large capacity for its size
Not as stable as other options
When you’re storing shoes and decorating in a dorm, something small and efficient is going to do the trick. This two-tiered rack from Simply Essentials is just that—with the ability to stack more than one, if you're so inclined. Our tester agreed, noting "it's just a basic design, but it accomplishes the purpose." Even with its super modest design, it still holds 12 pairs of shoes.
The smooth particleboard makes it easy to clean, and since the shelves are solid, you don't have to worry about heels getting lodged in between gaps, too. Though, it's not the most stable option. It's not heavy and our tester said "if you were not paying attention and unintentionally bumped the vacuum into the side, it did wobble, but the shoes did not move." All in all, if straightforward and budget-friendly is what you're after in a shoe rack, this is a good choice for you.
Price at time of publish: $18
Best for Boots: The Container Store 4-Pair Natural Boot Rack
Helps boots keep their shape
Compatible with hanging items in your closet
Easy to tuck away when not in use
Dirt and debris can fall through
Not as versatile as other options
If you're looking for a way to store boots and only boots, this rack from The Container Store is ideal. The design promises to help boots keep their shape, and it accommodates shoes of varying sizes. "The rack held four pairs of tall boots very easily," our tester noted. "While the rack is primarily designed for tall boots, it will hold shorter, or hiking boots, for example, as well." Just know that if you're using the rack with muddy or dirty boots, the area around it may require extra sweeping and cleaning, since the rack's shape won't catch much dirt or debris.
Now, although the shape and style is less versatile than other racks we considered that can double as shelving, it nails its true purpose of boot storage. It also comes fully assembled and is sized to slide under the hanging or longer clothes in your closet for added convenience. Plus, you can fold it down when it's not being used.
Our tester said that if you're specifically in need of a shoe rack to hold tall boots, rather than tossing them on a shelf where they fold over, this piece "easily fulfills that purpose."
Price at time of publish: $40
After thoroughly testing shoe racks in The Lab, our best overall pick is the Open Spaces Entryway Rack because its design is versatile and durable, and it can work in a variety of spaces. Plus, it had a tested capacity of 12 pairs of shoes, including tall boots. For a budget-friendly solution, consider the Rebrilliant 2-Tier 8-Pair Shoe Rack. It holds eight pairs of shoes and is stackable, giving you the ability to add to it as needed.
Other Options We Tested
Yamazaki Shoe Rack: This attractive choice boasted one of the highest capacities of racks tested (18 pairs, plus an additional three if you utilize the floor space underneath it), and features a wooden top shelf. However, the unique design of slatted rods proved to be less user-friendly than other choices, especially for high heels. "Because the shelves are comprised of two metal bars spaced apart, heels hang over the edge, making it difficult to put in or take out shoes below the heels. If there were more slats and they were closer together, I think the design would be more effective," our tester said. That said, if you don't need to store any high-heeled shoes, it may still be worth your consideration.
West Elm Floating Lines Shoe Rack: While we appreciate the sleek, minimalist design of this rack, as well as the edge that keep shoes in place, we didn't find enough features to warrant its higher price tag. Our tester also said the rack was easy to setup, but the instructions were poor—something that could be a hurdle for buyers who don't find assembly projects intuitive. "I would not recommend this to family and friends based on the very high price and basic design that has limited storage capability," our tester concluded.
Elfa Utility Mesh Shoe Storage Over The Door Rack: While we've had positive experiences with Elfa, and recommended other products from The Container Store's line, this rack doesn't fit the bill. "I do not like this rack," our tester noted. "I'll give it one thing—the rack is customizable." But, the different parts slot into the main pole in a complex way, and setup ultimately required three people. "I feel like I need an engineering degree to figure this thing out." Our tester also had concerns about the overall safety of this rack, adding that "it feels like any one of the customizable elements could fall off at any time. " Renters or anyone with children would likely not find it suitable.
How We Tested the Shoe Racks
We purchased 30 shoe racks and tested them side-by-side at The Lab. The testing process included the setup of each rack, where testers were tasked with following the instructions and building each piece with a timer running, to give a sense of the length and difficulty of the process. Once each rack was set up, a collection of shoes was then placed on it, just as they would be in your home, to test its capacity. Shoes came from all categories and sizes, including men's, women's, kid's, and boots. Any adjustable components were tried at each modification point, too.
Once the shoe rack was loaded, we considered its stability. We nudged it with a medium amount of force and also bumped it with a vacuum. The rack's ease of cleaning was also considered, when we sprinkled damp soil on it and then wiped it clean to see how it fared.
Once these steps were completed, we also asked testers to consider the rack design, as well as the overall value, taking their entire experience into consideration for the latter. Our editors compared the wealth of data that came from the testing process to present this list of tried and true racks to add to your living space.
What to Look for in a Shoe Rack
If you’re looking for a high-capacity shoe storage option, a rack is most likely your best bet. While the styles and designs can vary, you're going to find that most shoe racks are comprised of either a shelf or compartment system with designated space specifically for—you guessed it—shoes. Both options can be great solutions, and deciding between them comes down to preference and your household's individual needs.
Other features can factor into the decision, too. For example, our choice for garages, the Brightroom Rolling Entry Rack Black at Target, includes wheels for easy movement across a smooth floor—while the White Mesh Stackable Shoe Shelf from The Container Store is stackable and lets you expand on your vertical storage space. Both of these racks proved to work well in our testing. Next, you decide what will work well for you.
Material and Color
The material and color of your shoe rack, along with the design, are the main contributing factors to its appearance, so your personal taste will likely be a big influence on your decision. The material can also be a significant factor for the overall durability of your rack. Shoe racks made of metal and wood can be sturdy and easy to maintain, while lighter-weight materials and fabrics can be less hardy, but still attractive and sometimes even less pricey.
Most, but not all, shoe storage solutions require some assembly. We rated assembly and instruction details for the racks we tested to help you factor that in. While the majority seemed to suit most skill levels, be sure to double-check the requirements before making your final purchase so you don't find yourself with a project that you're not comfortable completing. In that case, don't hesitate to loop in a trusted friend or call on a pro to support you.
Handles and Wheels
While the majority of shoe racks are stationery pieces, the ability to move them can certainly come in handy. As our tester noted in their assessment of the Brightroom Rolling Entry Rack, easy movement can be a definite benefit, with dirty boots or muddy cleats getting collected right as they're removed.
For anyone who likes to rearrange their furniture and adjust their organization system on the regular, or even for people who anticipate a move in the near future, wheels and handles can make things so much smoother, too. As always, be sure to double-check weight limits and be careful carrying heavy loads.
If you're making an effort to add more eco-friendly products into your life, you'll be happy to know that you'll find lots of options when you're shopping for shoe racks. Bamboo, a renewable material that grows super quickly, is found in a variety of shoe racks, including our "best budget" pick, theRebrilliant 2-Tier 8-Pair Shoe Rack at Wayfair. Not only is bamboo good for the environment, but it also is an attractive and often moderately-priced choice, too.
How can you maximize your shoe storage?
To maximize your shoe storage, consider an item that's adjustable or just really works for your living space and collection. Ashley Murphy, co-founder of NEAT Method, notes, “You can also implement a stacking shoe rack, so you can store as many shoes as possible.” We loved this feature in the White Mesh Stackable Shoe Shelf from The Container Store.
Don’t forget about shelves on the top of your closet, which is a great place to store out of season or rarely worn items, she adds. Making use of this space can free up space on your shoe rack, as well.
What is the best way to store shoes in a small space?
If your space is small, consider a shoe rack that's designed for such a compact area, like our "best for small spaces" pick, the White Mesh Stackable Shoe Shelf from The Container Store, or "best for college dorm" pick, the Simply Essential 2-Tier Stackable Shoe Organizer. The stackable design of both of these racks makes them flexible, while their tinier dimensions ensure that they won't take up too much floor space.
How do you store shoes after use?
The key to keeping your shoes in great condition is to take care of them after each use. ”Wipe off any dirt or dust with a cleaning solution appropriate for the shoe material and use shoe shapers for dress shoes and boots to maintain their form,” says Murphy. If your shoes have accumulated any moisture, "be sure to let them dry out completely before putting them away to avoid potential mildew," she adds.
Of course, messes happen, which is why we tested the ease of cleaning each shoe rack. If you expect to track in a lot of dirt and mud, opt for a pick that's easier to wipe clean with a damp cloth, and doesn't allow for mud to slip onto the area below. In addition, if you're worried about the longevity of your shoes, consider a pick that keeps them secure or helps them keep their shape. We love The Container Store's Natural Boot Rack for this reason—it helps boots stay nice and upright, opposed to folded over.
Should shoe racks be opened or closed?
You might be sensing a trend that many of the choices presented come down to personal preference, and the question of an open versus closed rack is no exception.
While simple to use, an open shoe rack means that shoes are on display—yep, even the dirty ones. But, they're easily accessible, too. On the other hand, closed racks keep shoes (and potential odors) behind doors or in drawers, but pose an extra step to put them away or retrieve them. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but know that if you're looking to limit you (and your guests') exposure to your shoe collection for any reason, a closed rack is going to be your best bet.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Dena Ogden is a lifestyle and commerce writer who’s been writing professionally since 2016, and with The Spruce since August 2022. She's written about everything from baskets and bins to carpet shampoos and robot vacuums. For this piece, she reviewed and assessed the detailed responses from our savvy shoe rack product testers, who got their hands dirty by setting up and testing nearly 30 different shoe racks in The Lab. She also combed through product descriptions and listings, and factored in additional features like size, features, material, and design. She currently uses both a metal shoe rack and a hanging shoe rack, and intends to upgrade to a single combo rack to rule them all.
For additional insight, we also spoke with Ashley Murphy, co-founder of NEAT Method.
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