The Shoe Edit

How do you organize your shoes?

What is the best solution for your collection of beautiful high heels, kitten heels, pumps, stilettos, platforms, peep-toes, wedges, flats, espadrilles, slingbacks, loafers, sandals, and sneakers?

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Do your shoes have their own designated closet? Do you employ a hanging apparatus, a tier on the floor, or a rack on the wall? Or are the rights and lefts in a constant state of chaos?

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Even though I have a largish double closet and the four mounted wall racks kept some semblance of footwear order, it was less than ideal: since it was mounted parallel to the clothing rail, this meant that I couldn’t actually see the shoes, they were difficult to reach, plus the depth of the units impeded access to the clothes hanging opposite and those further back. But ultimately, the real problem was I had more shoes than space.

A little blurb in the August issue of House & Home magazine, Shoe-In, inspired me to re-think and re-organize my shoe storage.

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The genius idea came from a collaboration between Los Angeles based fashion designer, Chris Stamp of Stampd, and IKEA to create SPÄNST, a minimalist collection of cool home and sporty gear including these beautiful and practical acrylic shoe boxes.

Fashion and furniture are different animals but the creative process is similar. Design, no matter the medium, is always about finding the right solution to a challenge.

~ Chris Stamp

Sadly, the collection, which launched in May, was a limited edition, and is no longer available. The transparent boxes retailed for $25. Now if you want them, they are selling on Ebay for $57 ($38 + $19 shipping). Not an economical option for a girl who loves shoes.

Adopting the concept was a matter of finding a substitute shoe box. Admittedly, the plastic version from Canadian Tire is not as nice or as luxe,  nor as cleverly designed as Stamp’s, but since I am not displaying them, they do the trick.

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Now there is an organized row stacked on the floor beneath the clothes hanging in my closet. It looks tidy and it keeps all the shoes dust-free.

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So gather up your Canadian Tire money from the junk drawer, and get as many as you need while they’re on sale ( $1.49 ).

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Just think, with all the money you’ll be saving on the boxes,

you’ll be able to buy another pair of shoes.

 

View the IKEA SPANST collection: here

Canadian Tire CLARITY CONTAINER: here

POST IMAGE:  Andy WarholHarper’s Bazaar; July, 1958

 

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