Why should you use shoe trees?
To properly maintain your shoes, these are a must have.
Whether you are a shoe connoisseur with a wardrobe full of footwear, or just starting your journey into fine footwear, a shoe tree is absolutely necessary to maintaining the appearance and longevity of the life of your shoes.
In this article we discuss how to use shoe trees, how they work, the benefits of regular use & the different types of shoe trees.
How to use a shoe tree
Before inserting the shoe tree into your beloved footwear, finding the right size is key, most shoe trees that British shoemakers sell will be available in whole UK sizes and will be spring loaded. Make sure when purchasing the shoe tree, that they are the right size for the shoes you intend to use them in, however if you intend to use them with a half sized shoe, we would recommend rounding up to the next whole size. E.g. size 8.5 shoes, should take 9 shoe trees. If the shoe tree is in EU sizes, find the correlating size to what you require. You can find our size conversion chart here.
Having a slightly larger shoe tree that is ‘snug’ will not stretch your shoes but will fully fill the footwear.
Once you have the right size, make sure there is no packing or laces inside the footwear then simply insert the shoetrees into the opening of the shoe and leave inside for at least 24 hours to allow to absorbing properties of wooden shoetrees to take place.