Last time you saw it, the narrow closet by our front door had a fun coat of aqua paint, plus Hubby had cut simple white melamine shelves to fit the existing brackets. But, um, the closet wasn't very functional:
In the townhouse we had a tall shoe rack but it wouldn't fit anywhere in the lakehouse. In the coat closet (photos soon), we have our small shoe rack from Costco and this is where we keep the shoes and boots we're wearing regularly.
For out-of-season flats and fancy-pants heels, I picked up dozens of Sterilite shoe bins and went to town organizing my shoes. I was able to double up some canvas flats, but a few really bulky runners wouldn't fit in the bins.
I don't miss the old shoe rack at all. I can still see all of my shoes clearly, but everything lines up so neatly. I can even grab a bin and toss it on the bed while I ponder an outfit, without worrying about getting dirt from the world all over my white bedding. When I was a teen, I put photos of each pair of shoes on their shoe box in an effort to stay organized, but these clear bins make it so much easier!
I've read that shoes are supposed to "breathe" when stored, but if it becomes an issue I can easily drill holes in the back of all of the boxes for some air holes. So far, no problems whatsoever!