20 August 2012
What are Shoe Trees?Shoe trees 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 mens and womens shoes, a shoe tree usually adjusts to cover a wide range of shoe sizes.
Types of Shoe Trees AvailableShoe trees are available in plastic or wood. The main benefits to plastic shoe trees is that they are less expensive, and they are lightweight, making them good for travel. However, even though they are more expensive, wooden shoe trees have several advantages over plastic. They tend to last longer; allow good airflow into the footwear and work better at keeping the natural shape. Cedar shoe trees are the premium version as the cedar wood is highly absorbent and offers a very pleasant aroma.
Shoe Trees Help Maintain Shoe Shape and SizeIf used from the start, shoe trees can slow, or even prevent your shoes from developing creases, making them particularly useful for dress shoes. If shoes are not worn for long periods of time, they actually shrink, using a shoe tree in these shoes will help to prevent shrinkage.
Shoe Trees Help Prevent Moisture Build UpFeet perspire, and that moisture accumulates in the lining of our shoes. Wooden shoe trees also have the additional benefit of absorbing moisture, making the shoes more comfortable to wear.
Additional Benefits of Shoe TreesShoe trees are also useful when polishing or buffing. By inserting a shoe tree into the shoe you're working on, the shoe will be held in shape, and caring for them will be easier.