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Mel Burgos’ Genius Bookcase Shoe Storage

Mel Burgos’ Genius Bookcase Shoe Storage

Your shoes have to be stored someplace but no one said that place couldn’t be bookcases that you pimp out! What natural hair blogger Mel Burgos of did in creating both shoe storage and organizing them to look like a collection, is one of those creative ideas worth sharing… and stealing.

As women, our love of shoes is legendary. Hello… Cinderella? Carrie Bradshaw? The average woman and any shoe sale? According to statistics, even during recessions when other retail sales slide, shoe sales remain steady or even see an uptick.

Oh, for the love of shoes!

We, women, love shoes. My own fascination with soles started thanks to my dad. Growing up, he would design and make a new back-to-school shoe for me at the start of every school year. Yes, I had one-of-kind shoes! Some were inspired by designs my dad saw in US magazines but often, they were his own inspiration. So I have to thank my dad for the start of my fascination with pretty soles. I like shoes that are uncommon, interesting and beautiful.

When I became a semi-minimalist a couple of years ago, I pared down my shoe wardrobe from nearly 50 shoes to about a dozen. Now, I also add comfort to my list of shoe criteria and rock a lot of Converse. But even with my pared down wardrobe, I still appreciate anyone who has a great shoe game, which is what Ms. Mel Burgos has going on.

In this Curly Confessions episode, Mel talks mostly about natural curls and the art of rocking her own style. However, when we eventually get to her gorgeous shoe storage, I forgot everything else she was saying. I wanted to create that storage for myself! The only problem is I can’t. An Ikea shoe cabinet is what goes with my space now. So, I’m doing the next best thing. I’m sharing here in the hopes that this artful collection, inspires some other shoe lover.



THE INSPIRATION:  Short on space, Burgos used two wide 7″ deep bookcases to artfully show off some of her more stunning soles.

To break up the all-white look of the bookcases, she painted the back with stencils and gave it some serious style.


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Adding a few books acknowledges that it’s a bookshelf. Notice how even the color of the books’ spine coordinates with the shoes on and around them? This is definitely a decorating look worth stealing and the bookshelf-as-shoe-storage idea is a project worth trying at home.

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