At last, the perfect gift for practically any guy.


We spend hundreds of dollars on shoes but then we relegate them to the pile in the closet or the dusty row under the bed. The shoe tree is an awesome gift because it’s an investment in your shoes.  They help keep the shape as the leather gets worn.


You can get a very high-end, refined and sculpted pair like in the photo, and there are also more affordably-priced pairs that provide an equal level of quality.









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  1. Mr Essentialist

    December 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    A necessary staple in every man’s wardrobe – I would love receiving this as a secret santa gift!

  2. Heiko Kunkel (@olschok)

    December 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    A perfect gift for perfect men any time.

  3. Maud

    December 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    The sartorialist has been such an help for all my secrets santa for men.
    Thank you so much Justin & Scott.

  4. Denisa

    December 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I like it. Great gift for men. Have a nice friday.

  5. Colony

    December 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    And we have a Winner! Love these.

    Justin, if this idea didn’t work, I was going to tell you to just buy some lotto tickets and call it a day… Well done :)

  6. Cristi

    December 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Justin! You finally found a fitting gift ! You deserve a pat in the back and a celebration! It just took 4 other amazing gifts to get to this one but it was worth it, reading both of sides for the “Secret Santa” made it enlightening and hilarious. Congrats!

  7. Helen

    December 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Justin -

    I actually got a whole bunch of these for my husband a few Christmases ago. It’s worth mentioning that you can have them monogrammed, which is a really nice touch.

    I’d love to know who makes the ones in the photo – they’re beautiful!

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Helen,

      Monogramming sounds like a fantastic touch!

      The shoe trees above are by Church’s. Hope you have great holidays!



  8. Miel Lee

    December 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Scott!! Finally!!

    Not that I feel happy with this whole secret santa series end :( I enjoyed reading it so much. But thank you, Scott and Justin!! ^^

  9. andreea

    December 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    shoes trees! my dad has been using them for ever :)

  10. Nic from Thriving Wives

    December 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    That is true, my husband throws his shoes into a massive pile in the closet so I often wonder why he bothers with buying nice ones at all! Great idea.

    Strive to Thrive,

  11. emanology

    December 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    You peeked at the draft again.

  12. comme fraiche

    December 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    most shoe trees will also help keep your shoe’s interior smelling good as they help take away bad odors

  13. jodi

    December 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    lots of nice vintage ones out there as well…

  14. bellaconscience

    December 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    This would be perfect for my dad!

  15. Sevan

    December 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Refined details for refined gentlemen.

  16. Su Vilamor

    December 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    At last! One gift Scott finds perfect! Congrats, Justin!

  17. justoutwalkin

    December 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Quality shoe makers (Allen Edmonds) used to provide shoe trees with new shoes. Of course shoes were only $495 then. Memories.

  18. Suzanne Nelson

    December 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Justin – I think you’re great, I mean seriously, I’m loving this series but shoes trees? As a surprise gift?? Really???Isn’t that the male equivalent of giving a woman a toaster or Kitchenaid for Christmas or something? Or is this some guy thing I’m just not getting? Clue me in here.

  19. Gian Luca M

    December 15, 2012 at 4:19 am


    Gian Luca M

  20. Pampelmusea

    December 15, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Love the elegant shape! Also without shoes an eyecatcher.

  21. abirdsdailylifetale

    December 15, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I really need one of those suitable for women for my boots!
    But those ones would be super great for my boyfriend,thanks!


  22. JOHN

    December 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I have a pair of treeshoes for each pair of shoes i own. The important thing is to be made of cedar tree. Do not get carried away by the beauty or brand of the item. Just to be made of cedar so as to absorb properly any moisture of the shoes…

    • Andre

      December 17, 2012 at 12:07 am

      i do also have only cedar ones, and, indeed, not a one pair…
      i usually get them from my shoeman.

  23. Erik

    December 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

    For peeps in Sweden, has great shoe trees for almost no money at all!

  24. Lebo

    December 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    no one who has not invested in these can claim to be a shoe-a-holic- not if you love your shoes. <3

  25. Douglas

    December 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Where does one buy the pair shown above?

  26. Corinne

    December 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Nous rĂȘvons tous d’un dressing chaussures avec des embauchoirs en bois. Ceux lĂ  sont magnifiques mais… pour que les chaussures ne s’abĂźment pas et respirent,le bois doit absolument ĂȘtre brut. Il peut ainsi absorber une bonne partie de l’humiditĂ© du cuir dĂ»t le plus frĂ©quemment Ă  la transpiration du pied. Le bois vernis maintient l’humiditĂ© et endommage l’intĂ©rieur de la chaussure.
    Inutile de vous dire Ă  quel point j’apprĂ©cie les merveilles prĂ©sentĂ©es dans certaines vitrines, j’en rĂȘve parfois longtemps alors quand j’en tient une, je la bichonne comme mon pĂšre me l’a apprit.

    Sorry, I can’t explain easily in english, so thanks Garance to translate “bichonner” !

  27. Lucy

    December 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    The point of a shoe tree is to keep the shape of the shoe as if the last it was made on was still inside it, so unless the trees are fitted to the last and therefore the shoe, they are a complete waste of money. Trees split down the toe with a spring to push it out sideways would do a better job than a solid wooden tree that does not fit the shoe. Or, your shoes will end up being stretched and pulled, and end up not fitting you at all. Sorry to be arsy, but I do believe that it is a true quality of a ‘sartorialist’ if they truly understand the purpose and function of an item.

    • The Sartorialist

      December 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      with all due respect Lucy, you have no idea what you are talking about.

  28. milex

    December 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I would totally werk them.

  29. Sabina

    December 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I don’t know that I would get these as a gift, but I agree they’re practical, especially for older shoes that have been worn and loved a lot.

  30. Bernd R Wehn

    December 16, 2012 at 4:41 am

    And I guess more than 80% of the men never use a shoe tree or shoe horn because … they don’t know it!

  31. lavinia

    December 16, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I love this idea! It’s always so difficult for me to choose a present for men (especially if your man has already all!). Fantastic. Thank you

  32. Ro

    December 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Giving away how long I’ve been a fan of the Sartorialist but I remember him explicitly saying in one of his early posts that this was the perfect stocking stuffer.

  33. proletarian Great Gatsby

    December 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I have some shoe trees(from my father).I use them and i conserve shoes for long long years…but i haven’t a shoe tree so beautiful like this of the photo.

  34. Christos

    December 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

    My apologies for being pedantic but these are shoe fillers, not shoe trees.

  35. frontier

    January 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

    These are mine!

  36. cool sneakers

    April 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Great tip Scott. A shoe tree is INDEED a lovely (and very practical) gift for someone – be them male OR female ;).

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