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Review: Dottus 3-Drawer Metal Shoe Cabinet

A slim, sleek and concealed shoe organizer that provides quick access to several of your everyday shoes.



Dottus 3-Drawer Shoe Cabinet

The Italian designed Dottus metal shoe cabinet provides a slim and sleek shoe storage solution. Use multiple cabinets in a modular layout for added storage.

Our home has a few different responses for keeping shoes organized, with each solution being unique to the situation.

  • A multi-drawer bottom tool chest (see end of article) works great for storing large quantities of flats, high heels, and boots in a garage location, while keeping them free from dust and other debris.
  • Adding a shoe rack inside an existing tall garage storage cabinet helps organize and keep shoes protected.

Where does the Dottus shoe cabinet work into the equation? Near our garage entry door, we wanted shoe storage for the most common worn shoes (with an emphasis on being inconspicuous).

We now have quick access to several of our everyday shows without them being sprawled on the floor.

I discovered the Italian-designed Dottus metal shoe cabinets at a local Container Store and immediately knew I found an answer to our problem. The white epoxy coated finish blends with the surrounding white walls, and the slim profile camouflages the cabinets even more.

Product Highlights:

  • 20″ x 6″ x 41″ h
  • Textured epoxy coated metal structure, available in platinum or white.
  • Included are plastic bars – 1 per drawer – locking in on both sides to help secure shoes when the drawers are folded close.
  • A vertical metal bar connects all the drawers together, making all drawers open / close at the same time. Get access to all your shoes with one motion.
  • Comes fully assembled and is easy to install with wall anchors.
  • Multiple cabinets work well in a modular layout for maximum storage. Stack and place side-by-side.
Dottus Shoe Cabinet - 2 colors - modular layout
Dottus Shoe Cabinet - 2 colors - modular layout Dottus shoe cabinet with textured finish Dottus shoe cabinet mounts via two top screw hanger holes Dottus shoe cabinet uses simple riveted pivot hinge connections

Note: We purchased the 4-drawer Dottus shoe cabinet before being replaced by the 3-drawer model at The Container Store. Dottus makes several drawer configurations and finishes, and being such a great product from our experience, I’m not sure why the full product line isn’t available and in demand for the U.S. market.

Shoes that fit – there are limitations

When placing high heel shoes in the upright position, the extra height catches the back of the cabinet when opening and closing the cabinet drawers. This can lead to the drawers getting jammed.

Placing shoes with heels turned sideways, as shown, works better in my experience.

Each drawer is 12.5″ deep and stores the following:

  • Two pairs of men’s dress shoes up to size 10, per drawer.
  • Two pairs of men’s sneakers up to size 11, per drawer.
  • Two pairs of women’s dress shoes with heels and one pair of flats, per drawer.

Shoes that fit in the Dottus shoe cabinet

What I don’t like

The vertical position of shoes when the drawers are closed allows sandals and flats to flop around the drawers. Why? These types of shoes don’t sit high enough to come in contact with the plastic crossbar, which helps holds the shoes in place.

However, the shoes do stay inside each drawer, but if you’re like me – and want things in perfect order, you may find yourself aligning shoes more times than you’d like.

Quick Tip: A Tool Chest Works Great for Shoe Storage

Shoe storage solution for the garage

For garage shoe storage, a lower tool chest makes for a great storage cabinet; keeping shoes protected and organized. The larger bottom chest drawers (4-inch and larger) are the most useful for adult shoes (high heels will need to be laid on their side). The shallow drawers (2-inch range) can store: sandals, flats, and small kids shoes.

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