Monday, May 3, 2010

Secret Weapons: Good Shoe Trees

Every pair of your dress shoes deserves a good set of shoe trees, spring-loaded and made of cedar or some other suitable unvarnished wood, like those shown above.  They run in the $20 neighborhood.

Their virtues are numerous: the cedar rapidly eliminates foot odor; the springs help restore your shoes' shape while they rest between wearings; and they provide a fuller support for your shoes because they expand to take the shoes' shape.

Collapse the two toe-leaves together and insert the piece into your shoe.  Compress the spring in the handle and ease it into place against the shoe's inside heel.  Then, give the shoe a couple of firm strikes on either side of the ball and on the heel.  This will ensure that the shoe tree expands fully.

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