This ‘shoe storage tips for large families’ post is sponsored by Dream Pairs Shoes. As always, all opinions are my own.
Are you drowning in shoes? Honestly, before we even had five kids, shoes were completely overtaking our home. Every closet, shelf, and corner held shoes. Some not even in pairs! It was sooooo bad! Nobody could ever find the pair they were looking for when they needed it. Sometimes, we’d be half way through winter before locating a stray boot. I had enough! I needed to find some shoe storage tips for large families to help us.
Shoe Control –
While I’d love to say the answer is limiting everyone to just one pair of shoes. That’s just not practical. Especially for our family since we live on our family dairy farm. Heck, we all own barn boots, barn sandals, and barn shoes in our family! So that’s 21 pairs already for the seven of us before we ever leave the yard! So instead of throwing away all the shoes, here are some practical tips to help you gain control of all the shoes.
8 Shoe Storage Tips For Large Families
1:) Invest In Some Quality Storage
If you don’t want shoes taking over every closet in the house, invest in a quality piece of storage. If at all possible, I highly suggest that you actually have a shelf custom built (like in the photo above and below). It should last forever and you can have it made for your exact space. The shelf we had built is solid oak, well-made, and the best quality possible. When the wood worker delivered it, he even secured to the wall so it can’t tip over.
2:) If Custom Isn’t An Option, There’s IKEA
Custom isn’t always an option, I get that. It costs more. So if having a piece made specifically for your needs isn’t possible, check your local stores. IKEA offers a variety of different colors, sizes, and prices. While not as sturdy and long-lasting, it’s still a good option.
3:) Move That Bus…. I Mean SHOES!
Go ahead and move those shoes….to the garage! I’ve pretty much banned shoes in my house. With the exception of guests, all seven of us keep our shoes in the garage in our custom built shelf. (We do also have a smaller ‘barn’ shelf for our barn shoes as I don’t want our good shoes to stink.)
4:) Divide And Conquer
While the majority of our footwear is on our custom shelf, I do rotate out some of the winter boots if we need to. Winter gear is so bulky that I will actually store those boots in tubs under our crawl space and only pull out when needed. But because we keep everything organized, it’s much easier to find the tub and get everyone booted up when the first snow flies.
Give each child a specific place or cubby for their footwear. Depending on what size shoes they are wearing, older kids may need more cubbies. But each family member has designated shoe cubbies in our big shelf. This makes it much easier for everyone to find the pair they are looking for and helps us get on the road quicker.
6:) Baskets Can Help
While it may work for everyone to have a shelf, consider adding baskets to some of the cubby spaces as well. This is a huge help for shoe storage tips for large families. Sandals typically don’t take up much room. So being able to place several pairs together in a basket helps keep the shelves looking nice and neat.
7:) Make Sure They Fit
We all know how fast kids grow, including their shoe size. So make sure you’re not storing shoes that no longer fit anyone! If you want to save for future kids, great. But get them out of the main rotation and place in a tub, clearly marked with sizes. Don’t give up precious space for stuff that can’t be worn right now.
8:) Be Practical
Does your child really need four good pairs of sneakers? Probably not. So before heading out and buying more shoes, make sure the kids (or yourself) actually needs them. But also keep in mind that if shoes are getting tight, you definitely want to rotate out and get a new pair. Healthy foot development is important which means you also don’t want to wait until their feet hurt before replacing with the next size up.
New Shoes For The Entire Family WITHOUT Breaking The Bank
Do you dread shoe shopping? It’s one thing that can easily break the bank (aka- our budget)! Shoes tend to be SO expensive. And with growing kids who only wear a size for a short time, I dread the cost every time someone tells me their shoes no longer fit.
So would you find it hard to believe if I told you I was able to get new back-to-school footwear for my entire family for under $185? And I’m talking everyone. All seven of us! This includes two adults and five kids. Note, our two oldest children wear adult sized shoes now too. The answer: Dream Pairs Shoes!
Affordable Footwear From Dream Pairs Shoes
As I said, all seven of us received shoes from Dream Pairs Shoes. They offer a variety of great styles to suit every occasion and need. Because they have such an array of options, we wanted to share what we’ve been testing out.
Girls Buckle Zipper Knee High Boots
I had actually been searching for the perfect pair of boots for Lucy to wear this fall for about a month now with no luck. But as soon as I spotted these cute boots, my search ended! They are available in four color options including: black, brown, camel, and grey. We went with the camel color.
I love how adorable these boots look paired with fall dresses and leggings. And the details and design are perfect! Check out the fashion buckles and zipper! Plus, they are finished with a padded soft faux fur insole which she loves. (These adorable boots were $25.99.)
Boys & Girls Outdoor Summer Sandals
I’ll admit, when Sam picked out these sandals, I was expecting another month of summer-type weather. Sadly, it seems like Minnesota has already made the turn for fall though. But Sam doesn’t care. He’s been rocking these sandals anyway.
They are lightweight and feature a cushioned insole for added comfort. The vented upper is also a nice feature. And these sandals are water friendly! Eight different color options are available for boys and girls. (These sandals were $20.99.)
Kids Lightweight Running Sneakers Casual Sport Shoes
Alex was in dire need of a great pair of sneakers and these are it! Featuring a hook-and-loop closure for easy on and off, their style is a cross between athletic and casual. Which means they work for gym class and for Sunday church!
Lightweight and soft, these sneakers also feature a cushioned insole. The premium, breathable mesh upper offers comfort and maximum durability. There’s eight different color options with choices for both boys and girls. (Currently selling at $12.99.)
Bruno Marc Men’s Walking Shoes Sneakers
Our oldest son is now 12 years old. But his feet have grown like crazy over the past couple years and he’s wearing mens shoes now. So he chose these walking sneakers from Dream Pairs Shoes.
These are a soft lightweight breathable mesh fabric upper and feature a lace up but slip-on design. The round toe has sturdy reinforcement to stand up to lots of wear. Plus, the flexible EVA outsole offers added traction. Overall, a great shoe that is offered in four color options: black, two shades of grey, and a blue. (These sneakers were $26.99.)
Women’s Mid Calf Fashion Boot
Because our 14 year old daughter and I wear the same shoe size, we’ve decided we’ll be sharing the next two pairs as neither one of us could decide which we loved more. These grey boots are perfect for a chilly winter day as they feature a soft, plush faux fur lining and are finished with padded faux fur insole for all day comfort. They are also water-resistant. Shaped with soft PU leather upper and a TPR rubber out-sole, which provides added support.
A great design, the slouch with ankle buckle strap adds a fun touch while the side zipper makes for easy on and off. Snag your favorite pair in either black, brown, camel, or grey. Ours is the grey. (These boots were $34.99.)
Women’s Mid Calf Sheepskin Insole Boots
I love fashion boots but I also love cute simple boots too. So I think this pair will be my go-to this winter. These boots feature an ultra soft faux fur lining to provide the best comfort, both indoors and out.
The cushioned Shearling footbed offers comfort with every step while the style is spot on. Perfect when paired with skinny jeans or leggings, these boots are sure to become a favorite. They are available in black, brown, chestnut, grey, and sand colors. We went with the brown. (These were the most expensive out of all our pairs at $43.99.)
Bruno Marc Men’s Walking Shoes Sneakers
Finally, my husband had been asking for a pair of sneakers for a few months now. However, he’s kind of picky about sneakers so we just never had time to go find him a pair. But ordering from Dream Pairs online was the perfect solution. He found a pair of sneakers that he loved.
These Bruno Marc Sneakers are super light weight and feature a breathable mesh fabric upper. These are very similar to the style Jack picked out, with just a slight design/pattern difference. They have the EVO outsole for added traction and have a soft fabric lining plus removable EVA memory foam insole. Great sneakers for every-day wear! (Currently selling for $22.99.)
Dream Pairs Shoes
As I mentioned, getting the entire family set up with new footwear is made easy with Dream Pairs Shoes. Just jump online and visit their website to see all that they offer. I found some pairs as low as $9.99 even! Our family is thrilled with both the style and quality we’ve seen in our shoes. And now, when a pair wears out or gets so dirty they are no longer cleanable, I won’t feel so bad about having to replace because Dream Pairs keeps their shoes affordable.
So tell me, do you have any additional shoe storage tips for large families that you’d add to our list?
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