Shoe care products, like shoe trees and shoe stretchers, aren't just for people with lots of money and expensive shoes. In fact, you could make an argument that taking good care of your shoes is actually just as important for people who don't have a lot to spend. It will extend the life of the shoes, and keep them looking good for a long time to come.
Shoe trees are among the most important items you can have in your shoe care arsenal.
What are Shoe Trees?Shoe trees are instruments that are inserted into shoes to help maintain the original shoe shape; help prevent creases and cracking; and absorb moisture from the lining of the shoes.
Available for men's and women's shoes, a shoe tree will usually adjusts to cover a wide range of sizes.
Wood or Plastic?Shoe trees are available in plastic or wood (usually cedar). The main benefits to the plastic models is that they are more affordable. They are also lightweight, making them good for travel.
In spite of being more expensive, however, cedar shoe trees have several advantages over plastic. They tend to last longer; add a clean cedar scent to footwear; and work better at keeping the natural shape of your shoes. They also absorb moisture, whereas plastic shoe trees will not.
Maintain Your Shoe Size and ShapeThe first, and arguably the most important reason to use shoe trees is that they will help maintain the natural shape and size of your shoes.
If used from the start, shoe trees can prevent your shoes from developing creases, or at least slow down the process. This alone makes them particularly useful for dress shoes.
You may not have known this, but if shoes are not worn for long periods of time, they actually shrink. Using shoe trees will help stop that shrinkage.
Prevent Moisture BuildupAnother great reason for using shoe trees in any shoes you'd like to hang onto for a while si because feet perspire. That moisture accumulates in the lining of our shoes, which not only makes them uncomfortable, it can also accelerate the deterioration of the footwear.
Wooden shoe trees help to absorb that moisture, so they can help on both fronts: comfort and preservation.