Best shoe racks in NZ: buying guide

Find the ideal shoe rack with our helpful guide. From budget-friendly pieces to premium, there's something for everyone.

Last updated: 2 October 2023

In the whirlwind of modern life, our homes often bear the brunt of our busy schedules. Shoes strewn across the hallway or piled up in corners — it's a familiar scene for many Kiwis. But there’s a simple yet transformative solution: the humble shoe rack. No more hunting for that elusive matching pair or tripping over stray sneakers. A shoe rack is a small change that makes a big impact.

Types of shoe racks in New Zealand

Finding the ideal shoe rack is a breeze on Trade Me. From budget-friendly options to premium pieces, there's something for everyone.

1. Vertical shoe rack

The perfect space-saving solution for anyone who loves organisation and accessibility. A vertical shoe rack means you can neatly arrange your shoes — without cluttering your floor. Whether you have a growing sneaker collection or a mix of formal and casual footwear, a vertical shoe rack can keep them all in order. Check out our extensive selection of shoe racks.

2. Shoe rack benches

Want some multi-functionality in your furniture? Shoe rack benches not only give you a designated spot for your shoes but also a convenient place to sit while putting them on or taking them off. They're particularly handy in entryways and mudrooms. Explore our range of shoe rack benches here.

3. Wooden shoe racks

Do you have a penchant for classic aesthetics? Known for their timeless appeal and durability, wooden shoe racks are a popular choice among Kiwis. These offer sturdy support for your footwear while adding a touch of elegance to your home. From oak to pine, our wooden shoe rack listings come in various finishes to suit your home. Discover our selection of wooden shoe racks here. 

4. Bamboo shoe racks

Want to be a bit more eco-conscious with your shoe rack purchase? Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource that’s environmentally friendly and super durable. We have a great range of styles and sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your space. 

Explore our selection of bamboo shoe racks here. 

5. Shoe racks with seats

In busy households, where every second counts, shoe racks with seats give you an easy spot to put on or take off your shoes. And they usually include additional storage options like shelves or compartments, meaning you can keep other essentials close at hand. See our selection of shoe racks with seats here.

6. Metal shoe racks

Embrace a modern aesthetic with our selection of metal shoe racks. Crafted for durability and contemporary flair, these racks offer a sleek and minimalist approach to shoe storage. Whether you prefer an industrial vibe or a polished finish, metal shoe racks are a great choice for any space. See our range of metal shoe racks here.

7. Outdoor shoe racks

Say goodbye to muddy tracks and welcome a clutter-free entrance. Crafted with weather-resistant materials, outdoor shoe racks are designed to withstand the elements while keeping your outdoor footwear neatly stored. Explore our selection of outdoor shoe racks here.

Choosing the right shoe rack for you

The right shoe rack will work to organise and elevate your living space. Consider these questions before you make your purchase:

1. How much space do you have?

Measure the area where your shoe rack will go. Consider both height and width to make sure it’s a proper fit. For cosy nooks, go vertical to save floor space. Or maybe a tall, narrow rack would work wonders. In bigger areas, why not embrace a statement piece? Think multi-tiered racks or stylish benches for both storage and seating.

2. What's your personal style?

Choose a shoe rack that complements the overall decor of your home. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a more rustic, vintage vibe, there are options to suit every style.

3. What types of shoes do you own?

Different shoe styles require different amounts of space and support. For example, high heels may need taller compartments, while boots might need adjustable shelves. You want your shoe rack to accommodate your entire collection.

4. How durable do you need it to be?

Shoe racks come in wood, metal, plastic, and fabric. Each material offers unique benefits in terms of durability, aesthetics, and maintenance. Choose one that aligns with your lifestyle.

5. Is your shoe collection always growing?

If you love to buy new shoes, you might want to consider a modular or expandable shoe rack. These designs allow you to adjust the rack to fit more pairs.

6. Is there enough air ventilation?

Proper airflow will stop any bad odours and will also help keep the condition of your shoes nice. Look for shoe racks with open shelves or mesh panels to facilitate ventilation.

7. Are the reviews any good?

Take the time to read reviews from other customers. Their experiences can provide valuable insights into the quality, durability, and functionality of the shoe rack you're considering.

8. What's your budget?

Set a budget beforehand to narrow down your options. While there are shoe racks available in various price ranges, knowing your budget will help you make a more focused decision.

New vs used shoe racks

Opting for a new shoe rack guarantees it’ll be in mint condition. And we all know how the gleam of fresh paint or polished wood can instantly improve the overall look of a room. However, pre-owned shoe racks are typically more affordable. And let’s not forget — buying used furniture is much more sustainable, reducing the need for newly manufactured items.

Happy shoe rack hunting!

By keeping all these considerations in mind, your shoe rack will fit seamlessly into your space while organising (and showcasing) your daily footwear collection. Get your spring cleaning off to a great start this year and start exploring Trade Me Marketplace for the perfect shoe rack for your home.

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