Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, but did you ever think about what it teaches little girls about shoes? First of all, instead of comfortable flats that could be worn every day, the protagonist is given a pair of totally impractical glass slippers that she would probably never don again – except perhaps on her wedding day (although from the looks of this pic, she wore white heels). Furthermore, the lost slipper is what allowed Prince Charming to finally find her, placing even more emphasis on the importance of footwear in a young woman’s life. And if you need yet more evidence of the central role of the shoe in the story, how about the fact that it’s also known as The Little Glass Slipper?
So where am I going with all of this? I’m not quite sure. But I do know that I have way too many shoes. Luckily, I recently found a smart, easy and cheap way to store some of them that’s a bit more elegant than simply piling them in a heap. Read on for the 30-second DIY.
All you need for this DIY is a run-of-the-mill tension rod that you can purchase at your local home goods or hardware store. I already had one from a previous project but you can probably pick one up for less than $10. Be sure to get a sturdy/quality one, and make sure that it is the right length. The length should be at least slightly longer than the width of the closet you want to use it in.
Then, simply position your tension rod at the upper back of your closet about 1.5″ away from the back wall (to allow space for your heels to “latch” on. You can always adjust this easily later on as well.
And that’s it. An extra place to store your shoes until your next ball!