Now that you have some idea of what shoes you already possess, determine what kind of space you need to store them and how much of your closet or living space you want and can devote to shoe storage. Consider your shoe buying habits. If you buy a pair a week, you are going to have to leave room for that in your plan. Looking at the list you created, decide what features are the most important to you for your shoe storage. Accessibility, visibility, storage capacity and use of space are the primary issues. The amount of accessibility, shoe capacity and visibility should be determined by your shoe collection and your shoe wearing habits. The space usage consideration should be determined by the size of you closet.
A cubby system uses high visibility and high accessibility. Buy cubbies that can be stacked for new additions to your collection or make your own with plywood. Cubbies do not provide high capacity, though. Using clear bins and specialized shoes boxes, especially those with drawers, can meet the challenge of a large shoe collection. If you are not storing your shoes in the closet, plastic bins can be an eyesore get shoe boxes matching your decor. One way to do this is to keep the boxes that the shoes came in and cover them with a fabric. Attach a picture to the front of each box of the shoes inside so you can tell which pair is in the box having to open it up. Store shoes from other seasons or that your rarely wear under the bed.