My family buys our share of shoes from Aldi, ranging from hiking boots to memory foam walking shoes to trekking sandals to flats and gardening clogs and even slippers. Of course, we need a place to store all those shoes at home. Aldi has sold a variety of shoe racks over the years, including simple ones that hold a few pairs and even larger ones that hold dozens of shoes.
A pallet full of some larger-capacity shoe towers has been sitting at my local Aldi store for a few weeks, and I decided to try one.
The Huntington Home 10 Tier Shoe Tower (product code 700722) cost $19.99 at the time of publication. That’s within the range of other types of shoe towers on the market.
This tower measures 22 inches wide by 8.66 inches deep and is 61.81 inches tall. It claims to hold up to 30 pairs of shoes, which would be three pairs of shoes per tier, but in reality it’s more like 20 pairs of shoes or two pairs per tier. It was made in China and comes with a basic instruction manual for assembly.
To assemble, you simply fasten horizontal support bars to the vertical frame pieces. You start by putting together the lower portion of the frame and then the upper portion, and then you connect the two. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver, but assembly is easy. This shoe tower also comes with wall anchors to attach it to the wall for extra stability.
After putting it together, I have a few observations.
This shoe tower is very tall, coming in at just over 5 feet tall. It’s lightweight and has a minimalist look; it holds a lot of shoes but perhaps works better than a bulkier type of shoe rack if your space is limited. I also like how this is constructed with metal bars that offer fewer spots for dust to accumulate as compared to a solid particleboard, wood, or plastic surface.
The downside is that the shoes rest on bars so that they are positioned at an angle rather than flat. While the package claims this tower has “non-slip bars,” some pairs of slip-on sandals, flip flops, and lighter shoes don’t stay on this tower as securely as I’d like them to. In fact, the best shoes for this tower are ones that have a bit of an elevated heel that can catch on the back upper bar to help hold them in place. Also, there’s not much room for taller shoes like boots on this rack.
This rack does best when it’s pulled a few inches out from the wall it’s placed against, so the back heels of your shoes can hang over the rear bar some. I don’t plan to use the wall anchors that came with this tower, but I think using the wall anchors would require positioning the tower closer to the wall, which might not work as well for keeping shoes in place.
Overall, this shoe tower looks all right, but I think there are shoe towers or shoe racks out there that hold shoes more securely. This tower gets points for having a minimalist design, but I think a better option for organizing shoes might have been the Easy Home Shoe Organizer Aldi sold last summer.
The Huntington Home 10 Tier Shoe Tower stands just over five feet tall and holds about 20 pairs of shoes. It’s easy to assemble, but I’m not a fan of how the shoes all sit at an angle on the tower. It does work well if you have limited space and need to store a lot of shoes, though.