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.
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.