10 Best Over-The-Door Shoe Organizers Reviewed & Rated
Once upon a time, shoes served the sole purpose of facilitating our daily lives by protecting the feet from sharp rocks and other types of rough terrain underfoot. However, times have changed. Today, footwear is often considered to be an accessory for an outfit, and it is worn to be fashionable rather than to be protected.
In the past few centuries, many different types of footwear have emerged, many of which are incredibly impractical but are still worn simply because they are stylish. Some examples include stiletto heels and ankle booties. When we’ve all learned to look at footwear as a fashion item, those of us lucky enough to afford it will inevitably end up owning many pairs of them. Before you know it, you’ve got a whole pile of them cluttering up.
Say goodbye to those messy piles on the floor – and hello to these innovative organizers!
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Top 10 Picks
1. Simple Houseware Crystal Clear
No colour options
To start off, we've got an organizer with twenty-four pockets. Each pocket can fit one shoe perfectly, storing them without squishing them out of shape, even if they are on the chunkier side. Because the pockets are all transparent, you can see at a glance where each shoe is, making it easier to pick out the pair you want for the day. They come in four columns and are held up by four hooks over the top of the door, keeping it nice and secure. No hardware is required for putting them up, which greatly facilitates the process. They've got another strange benefit - customers claim that they are not only great for footwear storage, but also for growing plants, just in case that's something you're interested in...
With twenty-four pockets in total, this organizer takes up quite a lot of room. Though their size isn't technically adjustable, they are so sturdy and well-made that they can be cut to fit the size of your door without the whole thing falling apart. As a result, they can be adjusted to fit your needs without a problem.
If you wear a large shoe size or have many pairs of chunky footwear such as crocs, running shoes, or ankle boots, you won't have to worry. The pockets are made to be large enough to accommodate all these items without squishing them out of their shape.
Cost and Value
Despite being our number one pick, this is actually one of the least expensive items we've chosen for this list. It's a great bargain that's sure to facilitate your life and save space in your closet or bedroom.
2. MISSLO Mesh Organizer
Next up is an organizer that's perfect for small households or those who travel often. Despite having twenty-four pockets like the last product we mentioned, it can be adjusted to fit your conditions and can easily be cut horizontally in half. If you're traveling with it, it can be folded very small to fit into your bags or suitcases without taking up too much space. Even if you don't travel, this feature is convenient - at home, you can fold it up and tuck them away when it's not in use. Besides that, they have pockets that measure around 5 by 7 inches and are made of mesh to allow for airflow. The breathability ensures moisture and odour do not stay trapped in the shoe and are instead allowed to dissipate.
Ensure that your space is neat, but also aesthetically pleasing. Two different colours are offered for this product - the black one is plain and simple, while the white includes a black outline, resulting in a clean, minimalist look.
For Thick Doors
Because it is held up by hooks, you might be worried that the hooks won't fit on the door because they are too large in width. However, this can be used on doors up to 1 2/3 inches in width, which is much thicker than the average bedroom, bathroom, and closet door. Therefore you most likely won't have a problem.
Cost and Value
This product falls in the middle of the price range compared to our other choices. It's a reasonable cost, and one that's sure to give you your money back thanks to their practicality and durability.
3. AOTUNO Reinforced
Three hooks only
Super light weight
Our number three is our most budget-friendly option yet. Twenty-four pockets are included, allowing them to keep up to twelve pairs of shoes in total. The pockets are all made of clear plastic so that you get a clear look of what's inside them. They've got a grey backing that offers a clean and minimalist look, as well as three hooks to hang them on your standard-size door. Overall, the organizer is very lightweight and easy to fold up, making them perfect for travelling and for bringing them onto a cruise to organize your things. Not only that, the light weight ensures that no extra weight is added to that of your shoes in the pockets, reducing the stress on the three hooks.
Not only is this great for storing footwear, but it can also be used to keep other items as well. For instance, hook it to the bathroom door and keep your toiletries in it to save space and avoid clutter on the counters. The pockets are the right size for items like scissors, hair brushes, and bottles of hairspray.
If you've got lots of things in the pockets of a normal over-the-door organizer and you close the door a little too abruptly, the items might knock against each other loudly. However, the fabric back of this one prevents this from happening by muffling the noise and keeping it quiet.
Cost and Value
As we mentioned, this product is the cheapest option yet. Despite their low cost, it is actually very durable and sturdy. It has received hundreds of five-star reviews from satisfied customers, and we're sure they'll be able to fulfil all your needs as well.
4. Mirella's House Large Organizer
For large footwear
Polyester & canvas
For those who wear a large shoe size, or who have people in the family who never picks up after their big shoes, this shoe organizer is the perfect option. The elastic rim and large perimeter are built to accommodate all kinds of footwear. If you have small feet but have boots or chunky sneakers that need storing, you'll like this product as well. Aside from that, it comes in two different colours - brown and white - which you can pick from according to what will look best in your house. The materials used by the manufacturer ensures they are heavy-duty and long-lasting for years of use. The entire organizer is 67 inches in height and 23 inches in width - a perfect fit on any door.
Polyester and canvas are used in this shoe organizer's construction. This way, the pockets are breathable for the footwear stored inside, preventing moisture from being trapped in and from creating odour through time. Plus, it keeps the product light and durable.
The pockets have an elastic rim that not only ensures that large shoes can be accommodated, it also straps them in place. Their perimeters measure around 16 1/5 centimetres, which is wide enough to fit shoes with sizes up to 16 or 17. The pockets are also quite deep, making sure that nothing slips out by accident.
Cost and Value
This item is the priciest one we've chosen for this list. You might be hesitant to spend the money, but let us assure you that every penny will be worth the purchase. The price might be high, but in return, you get reliable quality and durability.
5. Whitmor Over-The-Door Rack
Fits many pairs
For high heels
Small shoes only
As much as pockets are convenient, there are certain downsides too. Plastic pockets might not offer adequate breathability, and the amount of footwear they can fit is limited. Our next pick is a rack that takes care of these two problems. With nothing sealing the footwear off from open air, moisture and odour are allowed to dissipate, preventing harmful bacteria from accumulating inside. As well, by allowing the footwear to be stored at a slight angle rather than vertically, more pairs can be put onto a single rack. Even if you have chunky winter boots, the rack allows them to be placed comfortably without squishing them out of shape. High heels can be stored on it as well. The rack comes in parts that need to be assembled before use, but the process is easy and requires no tools. The only downside we're aware of is that it's not very suitable for large footwear, which would need to be put on the bar at a slight angle and might slip off easily.
With this product, you can choose between a 24-pair rack and a 36-pair rack. That's twice or more the amount that the typical organizer can fit! That's why this is the perfect option for those who live in dorms or small apartments, or who just don't like to have clutter. All the footwear you might need storing can go right here on this rack.
The footwear is held up by bars that can be folded up or pulled out as needed. If you have boots to store, simply fold up the bar on top to make room and to accommodate for the tall shaft. As a result, footwear from all seasons can be stored on the rack.
Cost and Value
Though quite pricey in comparison to some of our other options, this rack can fit more pairs than all the other organizers. However, some customers claim that the product is not very durable because of the materials used in their construction.
6. ZOBER Slim Organizer
Three colours available
What's most notable about our number six is the slimness of their width, which is a must-have for narrow doors. There are twenty-four pockets in total with this one, and each is made of mesh that allows for ventilation and lets the footwear breathe. At the same time, what's inside can be seen from the outside, meaning you won't be wasting precious time in the mornings searching for the pair you need for the day. Reinforced stitching can be found along the top where the three hooks are found, in order to keep the whole thing nice and durable no matter how much weight they might be supporting. Though the compartments are on the smaller side, they are nice and secure for the footwear that does fit. The only thing you might want to keep in mind is that some customers complain about the hooks making the door hard to close. The manufacturers are working to fix this issue.
Some closet doors might have slim doors on which wide organizer won't be able to fit. Despite having twenty-four pockets in total, as usual, the width measures 18 inches, which is slimmer than that of most products and ensures they fit better on your door.
Not only is organization supposed to clear away clutter and make it easier to find what you need, it should also add to the aesthetics of the room. This item is offered in three different colours - white, brown, and black - so that you can pick what will best fit the look and colour scheme of your space, allowing the organizer to become a decor piece, too.
Cost and Value
For its great, practical features and durability, it is actually quite inexpensive. In the long term, we're sure that they will save you lots of time and effort that would otherwise be spent organizing the clutter on the floor of your closet.
7. MISSLO Heavy Duty Storage
Breathable mesh pockets
Two different colours
Small shoes only
The MISSLO shoe storage is best for those who don't have that many pairs they need to put away, but like to keep their space nice and neat regardless. It has twelve pockets in total and can fit footwear as well as other household items. Two different colours are offered so that you can pick which best suits your tastes. With a canvas fabric making up the backing, it is also very durable and long-lasting. Overall it is a great pick for women because it can fit high heels as well as toiletries like lotion and hairspray when put in the bathroom. However, we don't recommend this product for anybody with large feet, as the pockets are quite small and might not accommodate footwear of a large shoe size.
There are two compartments per row and six per vertical column, resulting in an organizer that's nice and slim. The hook is quite narrow as well. As a result, it is ideal for narrow closet doors.
Ventilation is necessary for footwear, as it ensures no harmful bacteria or nasty odors are trapped inside, waiting to greet you the next time you pull them out to wear. The mesh material provides this exact thing. In addition, it allows what's inside to be seen from outside, making it easier for you to pick out the pair you need for the day.
Cost and Value
Considerating this product can only carry six pairs of shoes in total, it's not exactly what we would call the ultimate bang for your buck. However, its price is still fairly reasonable. We recommend it to those with small feet who are sure the compartments will be sufficient for your shoes, and for those wishing for a small organizer.
8. Simple Houseware Rack
Fits 12 pairs
A bit pricey
Our number eighth product is another convenient over-the-door rack. Twelve different pairs can be fit onto this one, evenly spaced on the hooks that are already on the rack. Because the shoe would be put upside down and held up by the hooks, gravity makes sure that there is no chance of them slipping off by accident. Though the rack comes in pieces that need to be assembled before being used, the assembly process is easy and simply requires a screwdriver. The hook at the top isn't too chunky, allowing the door to be closed as usual. Plus, nonslip door pads are used to hold the rack in place. On top of that, the product is also multi-use - not only can it be used to organize your sneakers and boots, but you can also put your caps and even your wigs on the hooks, too.
On busy mornings when time seems to be ticking by at double-speed, you need to make sure you get ready quick. The vertical organization of shoes with this rack means you can see, crystal clear, where each pair of footwear is. Simply grab the pair you need, slip them on, and you're good to go.
Rather than having synthetic compartments and a fabric backing, this rack uses only metal. It's impossible for it to tear or rip, no matter how much weight is put onto it.
Cost and Value
This item is a bit pricier than most of the ones we have on the list. However, keep in mind that this rack is made of metal, unlike fabric and synthetic organizers, so their production costs are no doubt different.
9. Handy Laundry Vinyl Organizer
If you need an organizer for your kids' shoes, or if you yourself have fairly small feet, this next option is perfect for you. The compartments of this product by Handy Laundry are quite small, so they are best used with small footwear or summer shoes. Measuring 19 inches in width and 64 inches in height, it should be able to fit any average- or narrow-size door. The clear vinyl makes sorting easier and also ensures the overall product remains durable. There is no assembly required besides simply slipping the hooks into the holes at the top. On top of all that, it is one of the least expensive items we've got. All in all, this is a great, kid-friendly pick for families.
The pockets of this organizer are made of vinyl. Not only are they nice and durable, but they are also completely clear, allowing you to see what's been put inside them at a glance. This way, you can head straight for the footwear you need without digging through opaque pockets.
IF your door is narrow, your organizer has to be small in width as well. Though there are four compartments on each row, they are arranged to make the width as slim as possible and are held up by three hooks rather than four.
Cost and Value
Compared to the rest of the products on the list, this is one of the cheapest yet. A total of twelve pairs of shoes can be fit onto this organizer if you put one in each compartment, but if you have small children and can fit a whole pair in one compartment, you're getting an even better deal!
10. Cruise On Over-The-Door
Breathable mesh fabric
A bit pricey
The final product we've picked out for this list isn't actually an organizer that's specific to storing shoes but is great for the purpose regardless. In fact, they might be ideal for those with large footwear that need storing. Originally made to put all your miscellaneous bits and pieces when out on a cruise, each compartment measures around 12 by 9 inches, which should accommodate most chunky shoes. The way the rows are placed also ensures a more secure fit of your possessions. Measuring 63 by 27 inches, the organizer should fit right in the middle of the standard door, creating a neat and organized look while also serving its practical purpose. Use this product to tidy up your closet floor, or along with you when travelling to store your possessions.
Each compartment is made from a breathable mesh fabric. This way, any odor or moisture left in the shoe can dissipate rather than stay trapped in to create the perfect environment for bacteria growth. On top of that, the mesh is mostly see-through so you can easily identify what's in each pocket.
Some shoe organizers have a large space between the rows of pockets, meaning you can only fit half the shoe inside while the rest hangs out from the top. This makes it easy for them to fall out. However, with this product the pockets are tightly aligned, allowing your items to fit completely and securely in the pocket.
Cost and Value
Unfortunately, this item isn't the cheapest. It's not too pricey, but considering the fact that it has only fifteen pockets, you're not getting much for what you paid for. However, if you plan on taking advantage of their versitality and take them on a cruise or to carry things other than footwear, we think they're a decent purchase.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
vKeeping your footwear nice and organized can be a challenge. If you have many pairs, finding the space in your closet to put them can be difficult enough especially if you have a small living space (because you spend all your money on designer footwear…). The floor could get very cluttered, making it hard to sweep it and to step into the closet to look for clothes. Even when you go through the effort to straighten them up neatly, it’s unlikely that they’ll stay that way because every time you come home and slip off a different pair, you’ll be tempted to just throw them aside rather than carefully placing back in their designated spot. If you can relate to any of these problems, then perhaps what you need is an over-the-door shoe organizer.
This type of organizer is super practical and efficient. Unlike racks or drawers, they don’t take up any space on the floor at all. Instead, they take advantage of the flat, empty space on your door to store items that would otherwise clutter the floor. Hooks at the top allow them to hang upright without causing damage to the door, and each shoe can simply be slipped into their respective compartment. Many also have clear or mostly see-through pockets that let you identify what’s inside right away. Even on busy mornings, you can immediately spot the pair you want and grab them without digging through each compartment.
It goes without saying that, when it comes to shoe organizers, the size of the pocket matters a lot. This will dictate the practicality of the organizer and whether or not it can fulfill the role it must fulfill. We don’t recommend you make assumptions that their size will be sufficient, because different shoe sizes and styles will take up different amounts of room, and because of this, those that are marketed to have large pockets might not fit your size 13 hiking boots after all.
To ensure the size can accommodate your footwear, make sure to look at the product descriptions. The measurements of each compartment will be listed. Also, take into consideration whether or not the material of the pockets is elastic – if it is, it’ll be easier to fit in chunky footwear.
When putting your footwear away for long durations of time without taking them back out to wear, ensure that they have enough ventilation. Shoes kept in airtight spaces will begin to smell after a time because the moisture lingering in them can’t escape. Harmful bacteria could also grow inside, turning your favorite pair into a pair you won’t ever want to touch – or smell – again.
Now, ventilation isn’t a problem with over-the-door racks, since the shoes are in open air anyway. However, if they are slipped into compartments, it is ideal for the compartments to be made of mesh as opposed to plastic. Mesh allows air to flow through, dissipating moisture and odor, while plastic merely seals it in.
All over-the-door organizers are held up thanks to metal hooks, which hook over the top of the door. Though this might seem like something too minute to worry or even think about, it could actually spoil the whole product if they don’t work correctly.
For one, you should ensure that the hook is wide enough to fit the thickness of your door. If your door is of standard size, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem because the hooks should be designed to fit them anyhow. If you want to double-check, simply measure the thickness and match it up to the ones listed in the product descriptions (it should be mentioned somewhere). A hook that’s slightly too wide is alright, but make sure it’s not so much that the whole thing will swing back and forth every time you move your door.
Something else that’s hard to find out before you make your purchase but that we’ll mention anyhow is the sharpness of the hooks. If they are too sharp, they might scrape off the paint of your door and create ugly marks. As we said, this will be hard to know beforehand, but try to zoom in on the pictures or to read over other customers’ reviews to reduce the risk of this happening.
When assessing the products on our list for “brand”, we took into account the quality of its products, its attention to detail and style, its reputation within the industry, and its commitment to customer service, to create an overall score for brand equity. Brand equity can loosely be defined as the pricing power a brand has in the marketplace due to each of the aforementioned factors.
While a product that scores high on this list may be of a higher quality, you can also bet it will be pricier, as well. After all, you have to pay for quality, right?
But also consider that a better-quality product will last longer than a shabbier one, and may also help preserve the life of your favorite pair of shoes. When it comes to over-the-door shoe organizers, why put a pair of Pradas in a shoddy shoe organizer? Quality begets quality!
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Shoe organizers are a great way to maximize space, especially in cramped apartments or homes where you try to make the best of the space you have.
When you purchase your over the door organizer, make sure you leave some room to close the door against clothing that may be hanging. Or, opt to place your shoes in another closet where they are easily accessible, like a hallway or entrance closet.
Sometimes, over the door hangers won't accomodate for storing boots. In this case, you can choose to add shelving into your closet to store boots, or, you can always keep boots in their original boxes, and stack in your closet along the sides.
Other Factors to Consider
For those who own many pairs of footwear, or who have a small living space (or both!), this type of organizer is the best thing you could get. Rather than taking up room on the floor, it allows your shoes to be stored vertically on the surface of your door that would otherwise be blank and unused. The pockets keep them evenly-spaced and neat-looking, not only decluttering your floor but also making it easier to find the ones you need for the day on a busy morning. High-quality products will also offer ventilation for your footwear, preventing the accumulation of odor, moisture, and unwanted bacteria.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Is there assembly required?
Fabric organizers do not need to be put together. They come in one piece in the package, and all you might need to do is put the hooks into the holes at the top. However, if you’re purchasing an over-the-door rack, it will come in separate pieces. Don’t worry – these generally don’t require many tools and are easy to put together.
q: Can shoe organizers be used to store other things?
Of course they can! In fact, the ones that have mesh or plastic compartments are perfect for when you’re going on a cruise or staying in a hotel room. You can keep all your possessions in one place rather than leave them strewn around the room. At home, they can also be hung on bathroom doors to store toiletries and other household items.
q: Can winter boots fit into the pockets?
Generally speaking, the pockets tend to be too small to store chunky footwear like boots or platform heels. However, there are products with extra large compartments that will be able to fit them. We recommend you purchase one that’s labeled extra-large or that you check out the product descriptions for measurements to determine whether or not the pockets are large enough.
q: Are these organizers durable?
Metal racks are much more durable and sturdy compared to fabric organizers. They are usually held together by screws and can withstand quite a lot of weight. Fabric ones, on the other hand, could tear if too much weight is kept on them, especially if you’re using it to store your heavier footwear, like winter boots and chunky heels.