For a year we’ve had this shoe rack pointed the other way, toes out. The shoes would slide off at the slightest provocation. It was a pain. We tried a variety of things to make the rack less slippery, but nothing worked.
Then the maid put a couple pairs in “backwards” and hey presto we figured it out.
Why didn’t this occur to either of us? We are people who actually care about this kind of thing… if we are forced to store our shoes in the front hall, then we’d like them to be less untidy. But the simple solution just didn’t appear in our minds.