If you have lots of pairs of shoes and are thinking of investing in a dedicated shoe storage solution, there are quite a lot of options to pick from. However, before you spend your money, you need to be sure that the storage you buy will be big enough to hold your shoes.
One way to check that the storage system you opt for is the right size is to compare it with the kind of regular cardboard boxes shoes come in when new. So to give you the info you need, here we answer the question, what are the average shoebox dimensions?
Different sizes depending on different factors
In fact, this question is not quite as easy as you might imagine because the size of a shoebox depends on a range of factors, which means there is quite a wide range.
Perhaps the most important factor is whether we are talking about men’s shoes, women’s shoes or kids’ shoes, but the size can also depend on the size of the shoe, the style of the shoe, the shoe manufacturer and more.
So to make things easier, we need to break it down into categories and talk about men’s shoes, women’s shoes and kids’ shoe separately.
How big are shoeboxes for men’s shoes?
Generally speaking, the average size of a shoebox for regular men’s shoes is around 13” in length by 8” in width and 5” in height.
This is the kind of size you would expect for a pair of sports shoes or a pair of formal office-style shoes.
However, if you have larger feet – say size 12 or above – the box may be considerably longer to accommodate the shoes.
Also, if you are talking about work-style boots, the size of the box is likely to be bigger, especially in height and width.
Most shoe storage boxes you can buy have a length of around 13”, so as long as you don’t have particularly large feet, this size will probably be big enough for most of your shoes.
That said, you might want to double-check the storage is large enough if you want to keep bulky work boots in it.
How big are shoeboxes for women’s shoes?
Shoeboxes for women’s shoes are slightly smaller than for men’s shoes, and you can probably take about an inch off the length and width, giving you something like 12” x 7” x 5”.
However, this is also affected by the same factors we mentioned for men’s shoes, so if you have larger feet, the size of the shoebox will increase accordingly.
Another point to note is that shoes with heels often need larger boxes, so this is something else to bear in mind when thinking about the average size of shoe boxes.
At the same time, most women’s shoes will also fit comfortably in regular shoe storage boxes with a length of 13”, so in most cases, you won’t have any problems.
How big are shoeboxes for kid’s shoes?
Perhaps this is the most difficult question to answer because there is simply no standard size. Very young children have tiny feet, and the boxes their shoes come in are correspondingly small. However, as they grow, their shoes – and the accompanying shoeboxes – get bigger too.
However, what we can say is that however big or small a child’s shoes, they will almost always fit in a bought shoe storage box.
To give you a rough idea of the size of children’s shoeboxes, for a toddler, the dimensions are around 7” long by 5” wide by 4” high. For older children, the dimensions increase to around 8” x 6” x 5”.
How big are bought shoe storage boxes?
If you are buying shoe storage boxes to keep your footwear organized, most of the options you’ll see have dimensions of around 13” x 9” x 5”.
This is about the same as regular shoeboxes that most men’s shoes come in, so if you are a man with average-sized feet, this will be large enough to accommodate most regular shoes.
It is also big enough to store most women’s shoes or children’s shoes.
On the other hand, if you have particularly big feet or you need something for storing work-style boots or shoes with large heels, you might need to check how big they are before buying the storage boxes – because otherwise, you may find your shoes don’t fit inside.
Many factors affect the size of shoeboxes
So as we have seen, many factors can affect how big a shoebox is, like the size of the shoes, the style and the manufacturer.
However, we have given you a general indication of the average size of shoeboxes for men, women and children, and you can use this as a guide when shopping for a more permanent storage solution for your shoes.