Why Use a Shoehorn?


Each of us knows what to say about the shoehorn: what it looks like, what it serves … The subject that I propose to you today focuses on the importance of this object to preserve the beauty of our shoes. And then too, how to choose if you do not have one yet

A good shoehorn makes the manoeuvre easy, and allows, in addition to the time gained, to have the pleasure of starting on the right foot, well shod.

The shoehorn: an essential tool

The shoehorn is an elegant accessory to facilitate the entry of the foot into the shoe. When shoes are threaded by hand, this often tends to damage the buttress. The shoe then loses all its function of maintaining the foot.

One thing we often see: shoe owners do not loosen the lacing and do not remove it by hand, but force the exit using the second foot as a lever on the heel edge. When they put them back, they do not undo their laces and re-thread them by inserting a finger between the feet and the buttress. Initially, this tactic seems to work, but very quickly, traces of wear appear on the buttress and it loses its rigidity. It loses its support and support function and its seam is damaged – not to mention the wear of the rod.


The usefulness of the shoehorn

In the range of accessories around shoes, the shoehorn is the object that helps to put on the shoe without difficulty. In addition to the ease of movement, there is the time gained and especially, note that in doing so, you avoid damaging the buttress (the back) of your shoe. Indeed, it is often at the heel of the foot that the shoe becomes difficult to put on, while most of it is already engaged inside.

The shoehorn therefore spares excessive support on the back of the shoe, which could deform it in the long run. The shoehorn is also useful for people who have aged (or lost flexibility of the back) and have difficulty leaning (choose a long shoehorn).


One should always use a shoehorn to put on one’s shoes

To put on your shoes properly, it is recommended to always untie the laces and use a shoehorn. These shoehorns are available in different designs, shapes and colours. Whether it is a shoehorn made of wood, metal, plastic or real horn, this is only a matter of taste, and there is no rule in the matter.


The long shoehorns avoid having to bend – but unfortunately just for a moment because it is necessary to bend down to tie the laces. However, they are very popular. It is therefore important to choose a shape adapted to his heel, this allows to put on the shoe without any discomfort and avoid shoehorns with protruding edges. Indeed, even if they have a trendy design – they are completely unsuitable and can cause lasting damage to the leather and buttress.

The choice of the shoehorn

Therefore, on what criteria to base to choose a best shoe horn? It must primarily be ergonomic, that is to say, it marries the shape of the foot. Slipped between the heel and the buttress of the shoe, the shoehorn must occupy as little space as possible. Avoid a shoehorn with some thickness. Also, choose it neither too flat nor too rounded.

For the elderly mentioned above, the shoehorn will have a reasonably long handle. It must allow to reach the foot without bending over. It must also be strong.

Best suited: wooden horns, genuine horn and stainless steel

Even if the choice of material does not matter, it is necessary to opt for an object of quality, rigid and solid. Plastic shoehorns tend to break easily and sharp edges can lead to hand injuries and damage to shoes. Fine metals such as aluminium should also be avoided as they deform easily without being able to return to their original ergonomic shape. Genuine horn, solid steel and thinning wood are the best materials for shoe horns.

In case of a visit to a neophyte of shoehorns, it is also possible to take the practices of shoehorns that can be used to suggest that he try it to convince himself of the advantages of the shoehorn.