10 best shoe racks | The Independent

Avoid tripping up over the utter clutter of shoes in the hallway or room, with savvy shoe storage.

And don’t think that racks have to be boring and unimaginative.

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You can easily find one to suit your needs, lifestyle and home decor.

Stackable and extendable racks are ideal space-savers for smaller and compact spaces.

While stylish ottomans or grand shoe cabinets look great as part of your home furnishing, so there’s no need to limit your footwear collection or downsize, when you can just grow your storage instead.

Lakeland extending and stackable steel shoe rack in champagne cream: £19.99, Lakeland

If you’re after something to maximise on space and still look chic, this two-tier shoe rack ticks all the boxes. It’s easy to assemble and consists of a sturdy, steel frame and soft, non-slip rails to prevent any pile-ups. As it’s extendable, it can fit into any compact space and can hold up to 10 pairs. Its design and champagne colour looks stylish, and blends in well with your home decor.

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Wayfair essentials 15 pair shoe storage cabinet: £53.99, Wayfair

This sturdy and practical unit proves to be the ideal solution for any cluttered space in need of some serious TLC. Although it states that it’s only designed for 15 pairs, you could fit up to 20 pairs in with a little manoeuvring. Created from a rich, dark brown wood with a quality finish, the shoe cabinet exudes real quality and gives any hallway a contemporary makeover.

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Argos Home circular ottoman shoe storage in grey: £24.99, Argos Home

If you’re not keen on having your collection on display, this ottoman is a stylish way to conceal your shoes. With deep storage and pockets, it is multi-functional, and doubles up as a footstool or dressing table seat. It’s circular shape and grey fabric is contemporary and suits any decor. A great space-saving idea that’s easy to move around and can easily be included in your home interiors.

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Garden Trading Farringdon welly stand in steel: £70, Amara

If you or your family love the great outdoors, this stand is perfect for hanging up those damp boots. The two rows of vertical rods can hold six pairs of boots and ensures your footwear stays firmly in place – without getting wet. The weighty steel is sturdy and easy to wipe clean. And while the price may seem rather dear, it certainly shows it’s worth by bringing classic style to a hallway or garden doors.

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Ikea tjusig shoe rack: £20, Ikea

With its neutral white wood and chrome rails, this two-tier shoe rack adds a modern, Scandi feel to any home. Holding up to 10 pairs of shoes, it can also be stacked up to suit your growing collection. The frame is quite wide and so would be more suited to spacious hallways or rooms. But at that price, it’s practical and a pretty handy investment.

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A Place For Everything stackable shoe rack- sling: £24, A Place For Everything

For a more unconventional rack, this sling is perfect for adding style to your hallway or closet. An easy-to-assemble black frame with sturdy mesh pockets, this space-saving rack can neatly store 16 pairs of shoes across two rows. And you won’t have those bothersome shoes falling through either. If you have a vast collection, you can add another stack on top which are not only great for shoes, but accessories such as umbrellas, bags or even hats. The mesh pockets can also be removed and machine washed, so you won’t have to worry about dirt and grime.

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Premier Housewares two-tier shoe rack in walnut wood: £24.99, Robert Dyas

With a more traditional, wooden style, this shoe rack is solid and practical. With its two-tiers it’s ideal for extra storage, but it’s still compact enough to fit inside a wardrobe and easy to move around. The criss-cross design gives it a little feature, although probably not suited for those stilettos. But its wooden design is non-slip, so eliminates any footwear from sliding off and the walnut colour gives a lovely, natural feel.

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B&Q black stackable shoe rack: £4.28, B&Q

If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, practical shoe rack on a budget, this is ideal. Don’t be deceived by its humble frame, as it’s surprisingly strong to hold your favourite footwear. Its black plastic frame and chrome bars are light in weight and very easy to assemble, without any nuisance screws or fixtures. It looks modern and stackable, so you’ll never be short on storage. For that bargain price, you can’t really go wrong.

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like-it six section shoe grid: £35, John Lewis & Partners

For shoe lovers wishing to showcase their collection, this neat shoe grid does exactly that. Made from polypropylene, this is sturdy and easy to assemble without any tools. Boasting a modern, minimalist, grid design, it can hold up to 12 pairs with an additional two pairs on top. Its dividers at the back can also be removed to accommodate any size of footwear. From hallway to bedroom, it looks stylish can be placed anywhere in the home.

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Next Home huxley shoe storage Bench: £199, Next Home

If you’re after a multi-purpose storage that has longevity, this storage bench is a great option. With eight compartments for tucking away shoes, it doubles up as a handy bench to rest those tired legs. Made from solid pine, this range has a unique white washed finish that brings out the natural character of the wood. It has a charming, country-style look that wouldn’t be out of place in larger spaces. You can even throw a couple of cushions on top to maximise comfort.

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The verdict: Shoe racks

While our varied range all had great features, the one we found the most practical and stylish is the extending and stackable steel shoe rack by Lakeland. Its extendable feature meant that it could fit any space around the home, and suit your growing collection. The soft rails and champagne colour gives it a modern flair and instantly adds style to any home. 

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