How to Make DIY Wearable Shoe Trees

Shoe trees are credited for preserving the good appealing looks of shoes. Most of those shoes you are seeing your friends wearing for years but still have the original smooth appearance may be because of the shoe trees that are used to take care of the shoes and preventing them from creasing. If you still love your shoes but they have already started forming creases, then you can go ahead and either buy or make a shoe tree for your shoes. Wooden shoe trees are normally non wearable. Wearable shoe trees are naturally made from relatively flexible materials in comparison to the non wearable ones.

Wearable shoe trees will help in the protection and preservation of your shoes by maintaining the shoe’s shape at the same time absorbing moisture that results from sweaty feet. In addition to these, shoe trees are capable of stretching shoes that are a little bit smaller thereby making them to fit you well. With just some few tools and materials, you will be able to make your own wearable shoe trees for your shoes.

How To Make Wearable Shoe Trees

Tools and Materials Needed

  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler
  • A 30 cm string
  • Pencil
  • A piece of paper
  • A cardboard
  • A wooden shoe tree-optional


  1. Start by tracing each of the feet on a plain piece of paper. After this, draw straight lines on either traced paper from the heel to the toes. Another line is also drawn from side to side. You need to have the shoes that you are making the wearable shoe tree for. This is because the roofs of different shoes have got different depth. For instance, the Jordan’s are higher than other normal official shoes. For this purpose, the wearable shoe trees of the Jordan’s are always bigger than that of most of the other shoes.
  2. At points that around ¾ from each line, measure lines parallel to the line running from the center toe to the heel and mark these lines with a pencil. These lines are marked and drawn on both sides of the main line running from heel to mid toe.
  3. Take the string and measure the distance from one side of your shoes to the other side. Several measurements are taken and recorded. For instance, the first measurements are taken just above the toe box while the last one taken around the knot of your shoe laces. One or two other measurements, though not very necessary are taken between these two points. The strings are then straightened on the foot tracing with the extended parts of the string being evenly distributed on both sides. Trace another line running on the edge of the end points of the strings.
  4. Take your cardboard and trace the final curved line.
  5. The next step is to cut along this traced line. With your pair of scissors, cut along the curved line trying to be as regular as possible. Also cut the rare half of the cardboards i.e. the part towards the heel of your legs. Wearable shoe trees don’t have this part hence must be removed.
  6. Fold the sides of the cardboard and try inserting it in to the shoes. With the measurements we used, normally the shoe tree will be bigger. It is easier to reduce small portions till it fits than to end up with a small thing that will lead you to begin the whole process again.