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365 Days of Shoe Trees - See the Difference Shoe Trees make after a Year

January 01, 2017

365 Days of Shoe Trees - See the Difference Shoe Trees make after a Year

Have you ever wondered if shoe trees actually ever do anything?

We wore a pair of shoes for one year. One shoe had a shoe tree, the other didn't. See the difference shoe trees make.

Using shoe trees is an important, and possibly the most important, step in caring for your shoes. At least that is what everyone says, but is it true? We think so, and of course all the shoe companies say so, but they clearly have a bias. They get to say, “You want Shoe Trees with that?” Well we are here to prove it over the course of the next 365 Days.

Over the course of the next year, we will be conducting an experiment of sorts over here at HOUNDSBAY. We have a brand new pair of shoes to be shoe tree tested and hopefully by the end, shoe tree approved. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for the next 52 weeks, I will be wearing this new pair of shoes. I’ll put them on, wear them for the day like I would my normal dress/business shoes. When I am done wearing them for the day though, only one shall receive the shoe tree treatment.

I will place a shoe tree in only the left shoe. We will be taking photos and writing up a new entry after every day to track the progress. I will also keep the shoe tree in the shoe for at least 24 hours, and give both shoes a chance to rest. This is why we are alternating days, which you should do anyways for proper shoe care.




The idea – or hypothesis for you science people – is that after some time, you will be able to see why shoe trees are so important for maintaining the shape of the shoe and to prevent wrinkles. By only using one shoe with the shoe trees, we should have a side by side comparison with the same shoe, worn under the same conditions, and see what shoe trees actually accomplish.

These are shoes prior to being worn. As you can tell there is barely any creasing in the toe and just a tiny bit of wrinkles that are barely noticeable. How long will this last? We are about to find out!


This is an exciting time in shoe tree history, and we will be keeping you updated every step of the way.