Updated: June 5, 2015

Shoe Tree Reviews:

I was always told that shoes will expand a bit (over time) if you wear them regularly. Some salespeople have actually said that if the shoe is a bit tight, don't worry because it will expand slightly. Especially a good pair of leather shoes. Unfortunately I was not aware that those same shoes can also contract over time making them smaller. How best to handle this situation? Buy at least 1 pair of shoe trees. There are shoe stetchers - they sit inside the shoe itself and will help increase or expand the shoe or boot - but that is a different product. I know several friends that travel for business and they will pack along a set of shoe trees just to keep their nice dress shoes fitting perfectly. You may see some of these products called 'shoe shapers' instead of shoe tree. Obviously you want to keep your shoes as close to their original shape as possible so using a shoe tree is your best solution. The shoe tree will help prevent premature cracking or creases as well. Just where can you find shoe trees? We saw them at Target, Walmart, Macy's shoe department, and in other department stores.
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Choosing a Shoe Tree - Firstly, shoe trees are made with either plastic or wood. The plastic shoe trees are at least 50% less in price than the wooden ones. The plastic ones are also quite lightweight so if you travel for work, they could be the best solution. As for the wooden shoe trees, cedar is the most common type. Some of the benefits of cedar shoe trees may make the added cost seem worth it. Wooden shoe trees will last longer and they tend to keep the original shape of the shoes better. Also, if you like the smell of cedar, they'll keep your shoes smelling fresher. One thing that can be an issue with all shoes is that our feet sweat and that leaves our socks filled with moisture which has no place to go except into the material of the shoe. A cedar shoe tree can absorb moisture, something plastic just can't do. Most shoe trees are adjustable so they can fit all shoe sizes and they are made for both mens and womens shoes. We looked for pricing on Amazon.com and found that most wood shoe trees sell for about $25-$35 while the plastic variety sell for $10 to $15. The shoe stretchers are $35+ and shoe shapers (often used for boots) can be closer to $50. With quality leather shoes costing upwards of $200 to $300, a shoe tree could be a good investment to keep your shoes looking great and wearing comfortably. Shoe Tree Reviews - Our trusted source has always been Amazon.com since they carry such a wide selection. Get customer feedback and comments posted on the Amazon website with tips on which brands hold up best. Top brands are Woodlore, Allen Edmonds, Footfitter, and Johnston and Murphy. You can browse the best selling shoe trees online here.

Best Shoe Tree:

RECOMMENDED - The top sellers are the Allen Edmonds Men's Combination Cedar Shoe Tree which sell for about $25. Select from small, medium, large, x-large, and xx large. Great for keeping loafers or wing tips both odor free and in great shape. They are made from aromatic cedar and feature two part construction with adjustable width split toe design. The owner reviews are near perfect for this product with most opinions quite positive. Consumers say things like "great for shoe maintenance" and "the ultimate in shoe protection". The Woodlore Adjustable Shoe Tree is a near identical product with just as solid feedback from consumers. Adjust for toe width and length easily. The FootFitter Cedar Shoe Trees Sir James is another great find - will help decrease wrinkles and creases in your shoes. I prefer my Allen Edmonds, but all 3 get such stellar reviews you can't go wrong.


Shoe Trees for Boots:

RECOMMENDED - In our quest to find the best shoe trees, we also ran across 'boot shapers' with the Woodlore 60010 Cedar Boot Shapers being the top rated on the market. There are plastic boot trees but they don't hold up as well. Go with the Woodlore products for the best overall quality. The cedar boot trees will keep the shape of the boot while you are not wearing them. My wife swears by these things. She recently bought 2 more pair as her boot collection is suddently gotten out of control. The design is stylish and seems to do the job. I will say that at $50 they are rather expensive - you could get almost 5 pair of plastic boot trees for the same cost. I know plastic ones don't get the respect compared to the wooden ones, but the majority of the reviews we read online say the plastic boot trees/shapers do hold up just fine.