If you feel like your shoes are taking some serious wear and tear too quickly, it may be that they just aren’t receiving enough TLC at home. Aside from environmental factors and spills scuffing or staining your favorite boots or heels, shoes can also lose their form. In addition, if not cared for properly, sweat and water can cause rot on the inside lining. Luckily, utilizing a shoe tree can solve these footwear flaws.
Here at FootFitter, we gathered all the information you need to know about shoe trees and which ones work best on a variety of shoe types.
What is the purpose of purchasing a shoe tree?
Shoe trees take the place of your feet when you aren’t wearing your shoes to maintain their form. By doing this, they help to reduce creases and damage, especially in leather shoes. Also helpful for leather, wooden shoe trees offer a solution for too much moisture in your shoes by soaking up liquid and offering a pleasant smell.
Typically, shoe trees are sold in pairs. Some designate which tool is for the right foot and left foot, while others are interchangeable for either shoe.
Shoe trees for women
Ladies, we know a good pair of heels can be quite the investment. And those cowboy boots you’re rocking at Stagecoach or the local country bar aren’t cheap either. It’s time to protect that investment and get as much long-wear out of your shoes as possible.
The shoe tree for heels
When using a shoe tree to maintain the shape of your pumps or stilettos, it is best to use one with a spring handle. The handle will allow you to morph the tool to the arched shape of your heel.
The FootFitter Comfort Shoe Tree for Travel for Women utilizes the spring function for easy adjustability. In addition, the German product has a plastic heel and toe section. This makes it lightweight and suitable for traveling when you are on your way to your special event or business function.
The shoe tree for boots
When it comes to caring for your cowboy boots, you need a shoe tree with a stronger material to hold their form. This makes cedar wood and the FootFitter Western Cowboy Cedar Boot Tree the perfect option.
In addition to the durability of wood, cedar wood is also great for soaking up moisture inside your boots. Along with reducing moisture, the wooden shoe tree will also help improve the aroma of your shoes, eliminating foul smells.
Shoe trees for men
Like mentioned above, shoe trees are very useful when handling leather shoes. Whether you wear dress shoes to the office every day or just like stepping out with a little extra class wherever you go, increasing the longevity of your leather is important.
Check out the video below on how to use the FootFitter Full Heel Block Split Toe Cedar Shoe Tree.
Among experts in the footwear field, cedar wood is considered the highest quality. The oils in cedar wood don’t just supply a fresh, woody fragrance. Moreover, they also contain antibacterial properties in cedar oil that improves smell and fights off bacteria that causes rot.
However, the use of cedar wood is no new secret. There is evidence showing that even the ancient Egyptians used the efficient wood in their embalming process. Working as a pest-repellant, cedar functioned to keep many Egyptian remains intact. In turn, scientists today have more to look back on and study about their people and communities.
The shoe tree shown above is also sold by shoe size, personalizing it to your foot. Aside from offering the perfect fit, this is also beneficial because it makes it less likely you will share your shoe tree with anyone else. Sharing cedar shoe products can have the opposite effect because it can spread bacteria between you and your friends or family.
Now that you have all your shoe tree tips, you’ll be able to amaze your friends with how long your shoes will last.
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