A woman taking sandals out of the shoe rack
January 22, 2020

What are some of the Feng Shui taboos for shoe racks?

  1. Ideal height of the shoe rack
  2. Type and number of tiers
  3. Shoe cabinet at the front entrance
  4. Location of the rack
  5. Positioning of shoes

The Chinese New Year is the perfect time to arrange your footwear in a shoe rack according to Feng Shui taboos. Shoe racks are an essential part of the pieces of home furniture. They must be located in an area where it is either hidden or displayed. Most home inspiration tips online recommend having racks placed inside bedrooms.

According to Feng Shui’s beliefs, there are certain placements, arrangements, and even shoe rack heights that may have a negative impact on your household. With that in mind, here are some of the most widely-known and unknown Feng Shui taboos when it comes to shoe racks.

Ideal Height of the Shoe Rack

A tape measure on a wooden table

The height of the shoe rack must not be so high that it will be difficult for you to get shoes. It should also not be so low that there is not enough space for storage. Apart from functionality, it is believed that tall shoe cabinets that go beyond your overall height block the Feng Shui energy chi flow. The best shoe cabinet height is believed to be approximately ⅓ of the height of a room.

Chinese belief states that the height of a room is divided into 3 sections: Heaven, Man, and Earth. With this, the shoes should only be kept within the area of earth. While the reason behind this remains trivial, many houses use shoe racks higher than the earth area, which violates the cultural Chinese belief.

Type and Number of Tiers

Heels on a shoe rack

Most contemporary shoe racks today could either go as bare as a bookshelf or hidden as a closet. In Feng Shui, an enclosed shoe rack is recommended to keep shoes hidden from plain sight and to contain the smell. Take note of the ventilation in the rack. There must be at least a vent at the top and the bottom or a part made of net to allow for sufficient ventilation.

In Feng Shui, it is recommended that you have five tiers to represent the five elements: water, metal, wood, fire, and earth. However, take note that the tiers can be less than five but no more than that. As a guideline, use the ideal height according to the divided height of the room.

Shoe Cabinet at the Front Entrance

A man ringing the doorbell at the entrance of a house

Qi is the life force that every person or thing in this world has. In the house, the Qi is present at the front entrance. A messy front entrance compromises the Feng Shui of the house and basically blocks the flow of Qi. Are left with no choice other than to put the shoe rack in the front entrance? At least ensure it is enclosed and that the shoes are kept inside. Always keep the rack tidy and free of clutter. Take note, the rack itself contains dirty items. This means allowing it to accumulate dust will only suggest the idea of double bad luck.

Location of the Rack

A bedroom with a shoe rack

While shoe racks are an integral part of the house, placing them in the wrong area may affect the Feng Shui arrangement of the house interior. In the Feng Shui belief, it is not recommended for shoe racks to be placed in the bedroom, sideway of the hallway, and the middle of the hallway. It is believed that placing the shoe racks in these places can have a negative impact on married life.

Positioning of Shoes

Pointed shoes

To avoid the bad Qi pointing directly at you whenever you open the lid of an enclosed shoe rack, position the shoes facing inwards. Stinky and dirty shoes must be placed right at the bottom of the shoe rack to contain the smell underneath. The Chinese believe that it is bad luck when you open a shoe rack and a piece of pointed toe box point footwear is facing you. They say that it is a sign that you may develop a prolonged period of ill health. The pointed toe box symbolizes the fire element, which causes plenty of illnesses and health degeneration.

Key Takeaway

For non-Chinese families, taking off your shoes at the front door may be as a courtesy to the owners of the house. But for Chinese people who believe in shoe rack Feng Shui taboos, it means preventing any bad energy the footwear may have walked into as it was traveling outside. Knowing about the shoe rack taboos in Feng Shui will allow you to understand Chinese beliefs. It will also let you know why they give importance to the little pieces of furniture in the house such as the shoe rack.