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.