The shoe tree is the most important part of care shoes. Today we're going to talk about a shoe tree and why you need to use shoe trees, and how to use shoe trees properly.
What Is a Shoetree?
Basically, a shoe tree is a shape to be inserted inside your shoes to ensure that they remain in tension, as the name suggests. In this way, the shoes, especially those in leather or leather that can have annoying and unsightly wrinkles or folds, will remain smooth and perfect as just purchased. Although they are instrumental in leather or leather footwear, they are ideal for keeping any shoe in shape.
I know you have a question in your mind, do shoe trees stretch shoes?
The answer is no. The shoe tree and shoe widener are two different tools for caring for shoes. Let’s see the differences.
Difference Between Shoe Tree and Shoe Widener
The main difference with a shoe widener lies in the latter's ability to widen the shoes in which they are inserted.
Using a screw and two blocks, one for the heel and one inserted internally adherent to the upper. You can actually widen your shoes (perhaps with a shoe expander spray).
This is a beneficial remedy if corns and calluses bother the foot when putting on the shoe. By widening and shaping the inside, the benefit will be immediate.
On the other hand, the shoe trees perform a different task: maintenance and care tools.
Why Use the Shoe Tree?
If shoes are not used for a long time, they tend to lose their original shape. For this reason, very often, the shoes we buy for special occasions are used only once. Has it ever happened to you to buy shoes for a wedding or other exceptional event, to put them absently in their boxes in the evening and find them deformed and therefore uncomfortable - as well as ugly - at the next occasion, a few months later?
The reason is simple: the force of gravity also acts on the shoes, slowly bringing the upper to recline downwards; sometimes, the same sole tends to curve on itself, completely distorting the original shape of the footwear slowly.
To avoid throwing away practically new shoes, it is necessary to use the shoe tree, which allows you to keep the upper perfect shape even when the shoes are not used for long periods. If well stored and taut, a quality pair of shoes can last for many years.
How to Use Shoe Trees Properly?
In principle, you should use shoe trees immediately after wearing your shoes. These help the shoes to dry out naturally and maintain the shape of the shoe.
It is best to use models made of untreated cedar wood. These guarantee a particularly high absorption of residual moisture from the shoe!
Cedar wood shoe trees give a good aroma due to their wood scent absorbed by the shoe. The cedar oil it contains also acts as a "deodorant."
Shoe trees are not to be confused with a shoe stretcher. These can be used to stretch shoes in the forefoot area and length.
How to Use Shoe Trees Instructions?
Here you will find a small step by step guide that will show you how to use shoe trees correctly:
- Put the tensioners in the warm shoes immediately after wearing them.
- First, insert the front wood in the shoe that is still warm to wear
- Insert this into the shoe as deep as possible.
- If your shoes are too tight, screw the stretcher into the shoes.
- Finally, tighten the heel piece when the front wood is in place.
Choosing the Right Shoe Tree
Once you have dispelled all doubts about what it is, it's time to decide which is the most suitable shoe tree according to your needs. The fundamental distinction lies in the material it is made of.
- Plastic shoe trees: They are suitable for any footwear: sneakers, elegant, canvas, or fabric, in leather. They are a versatile and economical product.
- Wooden shoe trees: These are the complete shoe tree models: in addition to “stretching” the shoes, the wood they are made of has the natural propensity to absorb moisture. This useful feature makes them perfect for shoe models most affected by a humid environment: leather or hide models. Wood has another peculiarity: it gives the shoe a pleasant smell of freshness, based on the type of wood it is made of.
- The Boot Stretchers: The boot stretchers deserve a separate section: specially designed for boots, they are ideal for ensuring that they keep their shape and prevent the leather from forming folds in the change of seasons or stored for long periods on the shoe rack.
Selecting the Correct Size of Shoe Trees
How to properly use shoe trees is one thing; finding the right model is another. So here's something about it:
Spiral tensioners are the simplest form of shoe trees. A spiral spring is clamped between the front wood and the heel part. Usually, one can also bridge two shoe sizes with such shoe trees due to the great elasticity (shoe size 39/40 including intermediate sizes).
A better type of shoe tree is one with a screw joint in the middle. These are also produced in double sizes. With the possibility of screwing the shoe tree, you can set the shoe size very precisely. Make sure that the tensioners have a fine thread and not a coarse turning screw. So you can do the setting much better and more precisely.
Shoe trees with a double hinge spring, which lies between the front wood and the heel part, are best. Because of the spring, these shoe trees can usually only be produced for individual shoe sizes. Size adjustments cannot be made here, but these shoe trees have the best fit.
Shoe trees help to expand the lifespan of your shoes. So, choose your shoe tree and use them properly.
I hope you enjoyed the article. Now you know how to use shoe trees and what type of shoe trees right for you.