How Shoe Trees Can Extend Shoe Life
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 men’s and women’s shoes, a shoe tree usually adjusts to cover a wide range of shoe sizes.
Types of Shoe Trees Available
Shoe trees are available in wood (usually cedar) or plastic . 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, 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. Cedar shoe trees also absorb moisture, whereas plastic shoe trees will not.
Benefits of Shoe Trees
- Added Wear. Aromatic Cedar Shoe Trees protect the leather, fabric, stitching and soles from moisture damage, adding to their life. Cedar’s unique wicking action quickly absorbs moisture, acid and salts, thereby reducing cracking and deterioration.
- Comfort is what you expect from your shoes. Aromatic Cedar Shoe Trees smooth out linings and insoles, making shoes more comfortable to wear.
- Appearance. Aromatic Cedar Shoe Trees smooth out creases and wrinkles that prematurely age leather.
- Use shoe trees every day — in every pair of shoes — including athletic and golf shoes!
- Shoe 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.
Benefits of Boot Trees
If you want to keep those new boots looking and performing great for years to come, get yourself a pair of boot trees. Boot trees help maintain the shape of your boots and prevent creases from forming.
Creases that form in the calves of boots can eventually cause zips to break, and a zip replacement can be an expensive repair. By investing in a pair of boot trees a repair like this can easily be avoided.
Look for a boot tree that’s two sided with a centre support bracket that expands to provide the ideal tension for your boots. Some boot trees come with a trigger that allows easy fitting – and easy hanging. A pair of clips are handy to also hang your boot trees up in your wardrobe.