{inspiration: shoes for display}


Came across this charming apartment on a garden square in Bayswater, London that uses antique display cases for shoes and have always loved this storage solution.

It reminded me of an earlier post of a place {below} that used beautiful library storage as a sophisticated display case for shoes and clutches that were simply too pretty to hide away . . .

{see also:}
random inspiration
> another great shoe storage solution

{images: 1 – apartment living by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, photography by Winfried Heinze; 2 – tearsheet from a back issue of livingetc. originally posted on February 27, 2008}

46 Notes
  • great idea! And I think I could use the idea.

  • Oh, lovely! I’m afraid I don’t have the luxury of so much space (or suitably beautiful shoes) to display them in such a way, but they are gorgeous x

  • Wow what a fab site with great ideas! Josephines Jewellery loves it!!!!

  • now that woman is just asking for someone to take her shoes. lol cool look but not the most practical to me.

  • oh, these are the best cabinets

  • Love this.. what a great way to display beautiful shoes in a beautiful cabinet!

  • i LOVE the rug on the floor in the last photo and the display case is beautiful too!

  • I’ve always thought that there are some shoes and bags that are so pretty to be hidden in a closet! They should be displayed like jewels!

  • oh wow..what a great idea !!! ..must try to do some similar..I have a lot of shoes…and I LOOOVE SHOES::*smile*

  • Wow! So gorgeous!

  • I really love this. What a great way to display the shoes and bags. The hats up top are a nice touch too!

  • I love, love, love this idea! What a great showcase!

  • lovely way to display!!!

  • how did i not see the yankees hat up top? i love it even more now :)

  • just found you today…love the idea of displaying shoes and purses in a beautiful display case…
    Look forward to checking back!

  • I remember a cabinet like this in my mom’s home, filled with dusty dentist’s manuals and textbooks (my father’s). So, now I am feeling nostalgic and wishing I had the creativeness to have figured this out, before she threw everything away! I LOVE this look – but I’m not sure my target and kmart shoes, my havannah slipslops, fluffy bunny slippers and smelly sneakers would have quite the same wow factor! Thanks for a great blog.

  • Ah yes. I used to do this when I was single – I had shelves and shelves of beautiful shoes and handbags, and a spectacular dress hanging grom the high ceiling like a sculpture.

    Somehow I just can’t enthuse my husband about htis style of decorating, and they’re all in boxes instead. Sigh.

  • Lovely! There was a Swedish apartment featured in the Swedish Elle Interiör, where similarly she displayed her gorgeous array of shoes in black glass cabinets, it was stunning! I don’t think I’ve commented here before, but I truly enjoy you blog, you have a great sense of style!

  • I never would have thought to do something like this!

  • how wonderful! beautiful display and great storage too!!

  • I am storing this idea for when I build my dream house! :)

  • ooo…tricky…and lovely.

  • hmmmm…very crafty.

  • This is absolutely brilliant!

  • Such a great display case! I’m really loving the last photo :)

  • ohhh wow! i have to redesign my shoe storage system…. just wonderful!!

  • I love this idea! Thank you!

  • Makes for such a liveable showroom, I like it!

  • Hmmm. . . I don’t know. Great for a boutique, but I’m not really feeling it as a home decorating idea. Definitely creative though.

  • What a fab idea; love it!! :)

  • This is honestly the BEST idea I have ever seen!!! My San Francisco apartment definitely does not have enough closet space for all of my shoes – and this just may be the perfect solution :)

  • I love this idea. Now I just need to get some worthwhile shoes to display in such a case. Lovely.

  • What a beautiful cabinets! Turning your shoes and bags into art is a great idea.. I wish I had room for a cabinet like this in my room.

  • This is so perfect! My family has a good collection of those display cases like those and now I know what I can do with them when I eventually get them. =) That is, if I have enough great accessories to stock them with.

  • I love this! Using shoes as art, this is great for people who live in a city and lack storage space. Now off to start my expensive/pretty shoe collection that I can display too :)

  • what a beautiful way to display accessories!! However, I’d be spending WAY too much on cabinets because I have WAY too many shoes and bags! ha! have a great week!

  • Now this is a great idea. Can be seen, but no dust!

  • Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday, and thanks for stopping in to say hello.

    Felicity – thanks so much for letting me know about the link – fixed now :)


  • Such a beautiful idea. I must start working on training my significant other to accept decorating ideas such as these.

  • I LOVE THIS IDEA! I’ve seen a close-up of a similar idea, but I love seeing it all together – perfection!

  • I just love that idea, I believe my shoes and bags are pieces of art. It’s nice to show them off when you arn’t wearing them.

  • What a fun way to display the shoes. I wish I had room in my bedroom for that type of storage. Those are beautiful pieces of furniture!

  • Dear G – beeeautiful post
    tho just wanted to let you know – your link doesn’t work

    Hugs bug


  • That’s an idea. However, How many cabinets do I need to buy?… decisions decisions..lovely look at though.

  • It is a very revolutionary, and still stylish, idea!

  • Oh I love this display, of course one would need worthy shoes before one put them in such a fine display cabinet. I must start my collection immediately!!

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