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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.

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Dottus 3-Drawer Shoe Cabinet

The Italian designed Dottus metal shoe cabinet provides a slim and sleek shoe storage solution that easily mounts on a wall. Use multiple cabinets in a modular layout for additional storage.

One of my minimizing phases led me to reducing the amount of excess automotive tools I had, which freed up the lower half of a tool chest and works great for neatly storing 35-40 pairs of flats, high heels and boots for the household.

Now, we just needed a little more shoe storage for the most common worn shoes near the garage entry door to keep the trend of a clutter-free floor. The shoes needed to hidden, but we also wanted a cabinet with an inconspicuous presence as well.

I love the existing Gladiator Garage Work products we have, but in my opinion they only look nice when covering a whole wall, and we already achieved that.

Placing a single Gladiator large Gearbox by the entry would be too bold and look like a mishmash just on it’s own, and we definitely didn’t need, or budget, for another wall of cabinets. On to another resolution.

There’s a Container Store in our area, which I know has a ton of organizing solutions, and this is where I discovered the Italian designed Dottus metal shoe cabinets. Yes, the cabinets are a little pricey, but the perfect answer to our problem, and a quality product pays for itself in the long run. The white epoxy coated finish blends with our white walls and the slim profile camouflages the cabinets even more. We now have quick access to several of our everyday shows without them being sprawled on the floor.

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, which horizontally lock 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.
Color Purchase
3-Drawer Shoe Cabinet White
3-Drawer Shoe Cabinet Platinum

Note: I’m happy we were able to get the 4-drawer version before it was 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 more readily available and in demand to the U.S. market.

Dottus Shoe Cabinet

Dottus shoe cabinet uses simple riveted pivot hinge connections

Dottus shoe cabinet mounts via two top keyhole screw holes

Dottus shoe cabinet has a textured epoxy finish

Shoes that fit – there are limitations

I find that some high heel shoes with solid backs angle back too far and can get hung up on the back of the cabinet wall in the middle of the opening and closing process. This can lead to the drawers getting jammed. Placing shoes with heels on their sides, as shown, works better in our experience. High heels with strap backs flex more easily and can be placed upright.

Each drawer is 12.5″ deep and easily 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

This type of cabinet design, where the shoes are stored vertically when the doors are closed, tends to allow sandals and flats to tip and fall sideways. Why? These shoes are shallow, which doesn’t allow them to fit tightly between the drawer floor and plastic crossbar, therefore flopping around as the drawers open and close.

However, the shoes remain secure inside each drawer, but if you’re like me and want things in perfect order, you may find yourself doing shoe alignment more times than you’d like.

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