It’s tricky to store doll shoes. They’re small, so they’re very easy to get lost or sucked up by the vacuum. And we all know, if you’ve lost one shoe, you might as well throw away the other one!
(Just kidding. If you find a shoe that doesn’t have a pair, put it aside in a seperate container to match up if you find another. If you don’t find a pair within a designated time (eg, 24 months), then DIY or throw it away.)
This is how I store my shoes. Look at all that pink! In the long tub, I have all my ‘general shoes’ that fit most Barbies. In the middle two, I have my ‘children’s shoes’ and my ‘boots.’ In the last row I have my ‘men’s shoes,’ ‘shoes without a pair’ and ‘shoes for flat-footed dolls.’
Because I don’t have many shoes (I am constantly donating unused shoes!), it’s easy for me to store and it’s not difficult to find the exact pair I need.
Tammy from Housing a Forest, organising her doll shoes using this plastic divider. Similar to me, she groups them by category.
Elizabeth from Flickr organises her doll shoes by colour using a storage container intended for nails and screws.
A Thousand Splendid Dolls from Flickr stores her shoes by style, size and doll type. If you have lots of doll shoes, this is the way to go!
But what if you don’t have many doll shoes at all? For a long time, I had very few doll shoes, but I still kept them organised by putting them in a small plastic bag. This stopped them from flying around everywhere!
A Quick DIY For Lost Shoes
On the old Barbie website, there was a PDF explaining how to make a photo frame using lost shoes. I can’t locate it anymore, but the idea was simply to decorate a photo frame with lonely doll shoes, sparkly gems and other craft materials.
And, just for fun, here are my top five favourite shoe moulds.
Aren’t these little ankle boots cute? I am a sucker for fancy detailing like this! The pink ones came from the 2015 Football Fashion Pack.
So sparkly! So glam! I think these bejewelled shoes are so fabulous, the perfect addition to any party outfit. And bonus -they’re silver, so they go with everything. I got these with the Rock n Royals Princess Courtney Budget doll, which released in 2015.
These gold ankle boots are really glam! They came with a Teresa Fashion Fever doll, who I got second-hand. I’m not sure which exact one, but she came with a floaty green dress.
I assume they were produced around 2006?
These black shoes definitely win the award for ‘most detailed.’ They remind me of Ever After High shoes. Look at all the pretty swirls! I can’t remember where I got these shoes -they might be second-hand, I’m not sure.
Bet you weren’t expecting these to be on the list, huh?
These sandals were really popular during the early 2000s. I can’t remember where I got any of these, but they were produced in many different colours. I love these shoes because they’re so versatile! They’re perfect for adding a bit of style to an everyday outfit.
So, what about you? What are your favourite type of shoes, and how do you store them?