I was sitting in a friend’s apartment waiting for her to finish getting ready so we could grab a quick bite and start our photo shoot on schedule. There she was digging through her closet when she pulled out a single shoe exclaiming, “I forgot about these!” A few minutes more of digging she found the other half, and we were on our way.
I AM FEMALE. I AM A NEW YORKER. I AM A SHOE-LOVER. Sounds like the typical stereotype, but before people judge, I would like to preface the rest of this DIY blog post with the simple truth:
Women today have so many roles in life. We are professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, role models, citizens of humanity, activists, wives, mothers, and the list goes on. Our lives are busy and complex, but above all, inspiring. With this type of lifestyle — especially as a New Yorker — it’s easy to accumulate an abundance of shoes for the gym, the workplace, meetings, cocktail hour, running weekend errands, and everyday hustle as we transition from one super power to the next. And we New Yorkers know — myself included — that living space and storage in the city is few and far between. As I watched my friend dig through a pile of shoes, I realized that I had actually conquered a more organized, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing way of storing my shoes in my tiny studio apartment. I have integrated my shoes into the design of my home. Yes, you read that correctly. Below are some tips and ideas that I utilize that will help solve the following:
• Saving time — Yes, every second counts, and should not be wasted on digging through a pile of shoes.
• Saving space — As fun as it sounds to be engulfed by all your fabulous shoes, it’s really not ideal.
• Organization — As I mentioned, we have different shoes for different walk of life.
• Cost effective — There are ways to create storage using minimal materials.
• Showcasing your style — Not just with your shoes but with your home as well.
THE TOWEL ROD
Inexpensive, requires minimal installation, and get’s shoes off the ground and leverages unused wall real estate. (Bonus: As a dog owner who thankfully has a dog that does not chew my shoes, this helps those who DO have puppies or dogs that like the gnaw on those expensive heels.
NOT JUST FOR BOOKS
I have several bookcases in my home. What I like to do is stack the books, spine facing outwards, and top of the stack with a pair of shoes. (These shoes are usually the “wear on special occasion shoes” so that the bottoms don’t damage the books.)
We showcase art via picture frames. Why not shoes, they too are works of art.
Found at Ikea
These are ergonomically designed to save space and the top can be used to display little things as well. These are great for quietly storing your gym shoes or everyday errand shoes.
Found at Ikea
EVERY DAY ITEMS ALREADY IN THE HOME
I own a skateboard that was given to me by a client many, many moons ago. I love skateboards; I just don’t know how to physically skateboard (anymore, at least). I use mine as is, on the ground, with shoes lined up on the deck.