I was recently asked the question, “What’s more important a shoehorn or shoe trees?” That’s like asking what’s most important for your car motor oil, or gasoline.
In my humble opinion if this where a stranded on a desert island scenario I would say you are best to have a pair of shoe trees.
I do think that you should use a shoehorn when possible but if you are careful not to crush the heel counter of the shoes when you put them on they’ll be fine. On the other hand nothing will help preserve the life or fit of your shoes more than a pair of wooden shoe trees.
Lasted and sized trees made by the manufacturer are best if you can get them but if not the trees should fit reasonably well without being too large which will stretch the shoes or too small which will defeat the purpose of using them.
If trees aren’t an option, say for example due to travel you can substitute the day’s newspaper. Wad it up and stuff your shoes snugly. This is also recommended for shoes that are soaking wet. Stuff them full and if they have leather soles lay them on their sides to dry. Once they’re dry you can put the trees in.
One more recommendation is to be sure you rotate your shoes. Try not to wear them two days in a row. They need time to breath and they’ll feel much better the next time you slip them on.
New to Leffot are these exquisite shoehorns produced in the U.K. by Abbeyhorn, which has been making horn products sine 1749. We now have in stock shoehorns hand crafted from African Oxen* using the same methods of manufacturing that hasn’t changed in centuries.
The process requires considerable skill of the horn worker from the first cut of the horn to ensure that the resultant shoehorn becomes a much-cherished item.
Leffot is currently stocking three sizes 7.5, 12, 18 inches all of which are unique in color, extremely lightweight and incredibly beautiful.
Displayed here with the Corthay Arca.
*No animals are ever killed solely for the horn; they are a by-product of the meat industry.