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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.
Shoe Trees

Shoe Tree Comparison

Shoe trees are essential to the care of any pair of leather dress shoes. By filling out the interior of the shoe when they are not being worn, they help keep the shape of the leather and minimize creasing. We offer two pairs of cedar shoe trees and one pair of fully-lasted beechwood from France, our Perfecta Shoetree.

There are two basic styles of shoetrees:

Split-Toe American Shoetrees, which are probably the most commonly-found shoetrees, at least in America, and feature a split-toe front and single-barrel spring mechanism.

Fully-Lasted European Shoe Trees, which feature a prominent vamp and a double-barrel spring mechanism.

All of the shoetrees we offer are of the highest-specification in their respective categories. They use as much wood as possible and have well-finished, fully-rounded heels. Choosing between the three is really a matter of personal preference and, in the case of the Perfecta Shoetree from La Cordonnerie Anglaise, budget.

We offer two shoe trees in American cedarwood. Most shoe trees in the United States is made from American cedarwood because it is readily available and inexpensive. In addition, the wood is very absorbent, which allows it to wick away moisture left inside the shoe after a long day wear. However, many Europeans will argue that importance of this property of cedarwood is overstated and, in turn, prefer shoetrees made from hardwoods, such as beechwood.

Both of our cedarwood shoetrees are made in China. Because a high-degree of manual sanding is involved in their production, there is always a degree of variation between two pairs of shoetrees, even of the same size. However, the beechwood shoetree manufactured by La Cordonnerie Anglaise in France is created on a high-precision, computerized wood carving machine, so there is absolutely no variation at all between trees. The overall degree of finishing of the Perfecta Shoetree is unparalleled. Everything about this shoetree is absolutely perfect. However, at $125 a pair, the do not come cheap.

Which type of shoe tree is right for me?

The biggest functional difference between our three styles of shoe trees is with the split-toe vs. fully-lasted styles. A split-toe style shoe tree will fit a wider variety of shoes than a fully-lasted tree. The single barrel design has more play while the split-toe mechanism accommodates a wider variety of shoe widths. If you have a non-standard width shoe, I always recommend going with the split-toe ULTRA Shoe Tree.