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How to Use a Shoehorn

How to Use a Shoehorn

In this video, we’re going to show you how to use a shoehorn, and talk you through some of the important points to keep in mind to ensure you’re using it properly. Shoe horns come in many different sizes and so whether you’re using something small like our travel shoehorn or our full-length 24-inch shoehorn it’s a function of whether or not you have space or in the case of our full length shoehorn whether or not you want to be able to use it while standing up.

Step 1: Travel Shoehorn

How to Use a Shoehorn - Step 1
The first shoe horn we’re going to show you how to use is our tab shoehorn. This is one of my favorite shoe horns. Although it is a quite large, certainly larger than the travel shoehorn, this is actually what I carry with me in my briefcase and my luggage. To use a shoehorn simply rest the shoehorn in the back of the shoes like this. Then carefully slide your foot into the shoe so that as your heel is sliding into the shoe the shoe horn is coming out. Like all other shoe horns, this one will effectively prevent damage to the back of your dress shoes. This is even more important for people who own bespoke shoes such as myself since they fit so tightly. Always loosen your laces. You want your laces as loose as possible, and a pair of bespoke shoes that are really tight you’re going to want to loosen your laces even more just to allow this shoe to open as much as possible as you slide your foot in.

Step 2: 24-inch Shoehorn

How to Use a Shoehorn
Next, we’re going to use our full-length shoehorn. This shoehorn measures 24 inches long. It’s a beautiful long shoehorn that allows you to place your shoes on without having to bend over or sit down. This works especially well for people that might not be as mobile, and don’t have a chair in their closet, or don’t want to bend down in order to put their shoes on. Again this shoehorn does not require you to reach down as far so you don’t have to bend over. Simply insert the shoehorn into the back of your shoe. Then slide your foot in. As your heel is sliding into the shoe pull up slightly on the shoehorn so that by the time your heel is fully seated into the shoe you’ve pulled the shoehorn completely out. The reason that that’s important is as you’re sliding your foot into the shoe you don’t want the shoehorn to further wedge your foot into the shoe making it difficult to put on. As you can see shoe horns are quite simple to use but are essential for maintaining shoes that are a snug fit.
Of course, all of these beautiful horn shoe horns are available on The Hanger Project. What I love about horn is just the natural marbling of the different colors of horn. This is a natural material. Absolutely beautiful, but we do have other shoe horns here on the hanger project and are proud to offer one of the widest and most comprehensive selections of shoe horns available anywhere in the world.
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How to Prevent Creases in Dress Shoes

 

Today we’re going to show you How to Prevent Creases in Dress Shoes. We know that you work hard to keep your shoes looking great and we’re here to help you maintain them and keep them looking as new as possible for as long as possible. The only two products that you really need to prevent creasing on your shoes are proper shoe trees and a shoehorn.
How to Prevent Creases in Leather Dress Shoes - Shoe Tree
Here we have a pair of our Hanger Project ULTRA shoe trees. Shoe trees are probably the most important product to have in order to prevent creasing — they maintain the shape of your shoe after every wear and absorb moisture. Although it is totally natural for shoes to develop creasing across the vamp where the shoe flexes, storing your shoes with a proper pair of shoe trees will help minimize those creases by stretching the shoe back flat and pulling those creases out of the leather. So, although you’ll still have crease marks they’ll be significantly smaller than if you store your shoes without shoe trees. Here at the Hanger Project, we’re proud to have the largest and most comprehensive collection of luxury shoe trees available anywhere on the internet.
How to Prevent Creases in Leather Dress Shoes - Shoehorn
Shoe trees help prevent creasing across the vamp but a shoehorn helps prevent creasing at the heel. Using a shoehorn is the second most important thing that you can do to keep your shoes looking great and to prevent unsightly creases. Here we have three shoe horns, I have our Mortimer travel shoehorn that we have made by hand in England from Abbey Horn. This is made from a beautiful ox horn and is totally natural. Next, we have a 7-inch shoehorn that is great if you want a little bit longer of a shoehorn. Lastly, we have our 24-inch a full-length shoehorn that is exceptional for someone that doesn’t want to have to bend over or sit down to put their shoes on. Shoe horns are essential because they prevent damage to the back of your dress shoes whenever you’re putting your shoes on. This is even more important for people who own bespoke shoes, such as myself, since bespoke shoes fit tight there’s really no way that you can put on a pair of bespoke shoes without a shoehorn that doesn’t actually push down the back of the heel. Now the more times you do that, the more times you put on a shoe without a shoehorn, ultimately you’re going to collapse all the structure in the heel itself and you’re gonna see unsightly creasing begin to develop across the back of the shoe. For this reason, we recommend keeping shoe horns around you.

Now, if you ever find yourself without a shoehorn there’s no excuse not to use one — we have a video exactly on this topic, that is a Shoehorn Hacks: Things that you can use in lieu of a shoehorn. If you find yourself without one, check out that video it’ll absolutely save you if you ever find yourself without a shoehorn. With proper shoe trees and shoehorns it’s very easy to minimize or even prevent creasing from forming across your leather dress shoes.
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Long-Handle Luxury Shoehorns from Italy

We have just launched a new collection of luxury shoehorns from Italy crafted from exotic woods. These shoehorns are unlike any other that I have ever seen and are truly distinctive. They are crafted from an Italian company in Milan that is one of the primary supplier of umbrella shafts and walking sticks.

We have a collection of seven of their most distinctive shoehorns. All except two feature a spring that attaches the shoehorn tip to the shaft of the shoehorn, making the shoehorn easy to use while standing. Most measure approximately 22 inches in length.

The above Chestnut Root Shoehorn is one of my favorite. At the current moment we only have two of this particular style. The shaft is chestnut root with the root knot at the end of the shoehorn. This is a very impressive shoehorn and could just as easily be used as a club as it could a shoehorn. With the exception of the knot-end, the chestnut root has retained its bark. It measures approximately 23-inches in length. Each is a little different.

This long-handle Bamboo Knot Shoehorn is another one of the more distinctive shoehorns. The bamboo shaft is knotted into an interesting loop. The craftsmanship required to work the bamboo in this manner is exceptional.

As I have stated before, I believe that a man should never be without a shoehorn. This is why I continue to seek out exceptional shoehorns from around the world. With one of the largest selections of luxury shoehorns on the internet, any man should be able to find an exceptional shoehorn that reflects his unique quirks and personality.

Click here to view our entire collection of luxury shoehorns.

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Stag Antler Shoehorns from AbbeyHorn

During my April trip to visit London tailors, my wife Bianca and I had an opportunity to visit the AbbeyHorn Factory, where our beautiful horn products are handcrafted, I had an opportunity to pick the last remaining 20 Stag Antler metal shoehorns from closeout.

What immediately drew me to the shoehorn was that it was completely unlike anything else that I have ever seen from AbbeyHorn. You see, they primarily work with horn to create the actual spoon of their luxury shoehorn. This was the first that I have ever seen utilizing a metal spoon. And the use of a stag antler was just as uncommon. This shoehorn resembles more conventional shoehorns than it does the typical handcrafted horn shoehorns from AbbeyHorn. So, I picked up their entire lot. We have about 20 remaining at $35 each.

Stag Antler Letter Opener

In addition to the Stag Antler Shoehorn, AbbeyHorn had a few of these smart stag antler letter openers. I kept one for myself, leaving just three available on the website. $30.00.

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La Cordonnerie Anglaise Perfecta Shoetree

Strengthening our commitment to Luxury Shoecare, we have just received new shoetrees from European-based La Cordonnerie Anglaise. Crafted in France from beechwood, instead of the more common cedarwood, LCA’s Perfecta Shoetrees are the highest-specification, most finely-crafted shoetrees I have ever seen. You definitely pay a premium for the finishing, no doubt, as they are not cheap at $125.00. But if you are spending more on your shoes than most televisions cost these days, you you really cannot afford to be using the best shoetrees.

Available in six different sizes. Click here to purchase.