A shoehorn or shoe horn (sometimes called a shoespooner, shoe spoon, shoe schlipp, or shoe tongue) is a tool with a short handle that flares into a longer spoon-like head meant to be held against the inside back of a snug-fitting shoe so that a person can slide the heel easily along its basin to the inner sole. Shoehorns have the same basic shape but the length or strength of the handle varies. Long-handled shoe horns are necessary for longer boots, while shoe horns with sturdy handles are useful for putting on boots or heavy iron shoes. They are sometimes used by people who, because of less flexible joints, wish to reduce straining or bending.
Originally, shoehorns were made from animal horns, hooves, or glass; luxury shoehorns were made of ivory, shell, silver, or bone. Nowadays, however, although shoehorns made of bulls’ hooves are still available, metal, plastic, and wood are most often used.
Shoe horns are a very underrated tool in the realm of shoe care. They are much more than something you get at the customer service desk at your favourite store.
Shoe horns come by a few different names. They're sometimes referred to as shoe horn, shoehorn, or shoe spoon depending on who you ask.
They consist of a handle to grip and a then elongate into a thin flat portion. This flat portion is meant to help glide your foot into a snug fitting shoe with ease.
They also come in different lengths. Shorter handed ones are convenient for travel or keeping at the office. Their size is better suited for storage in a bag or purse.
A long handled shoe horn allows you to put on your footwear with less bending. Thus the extra long shoe horn is great to keep in the closet or near your entrance. A long shoe horn is a preference for users who have difficulty bending over.
Shoe horns were originally made from natural animal horn. Animal horn was selected for its strength and beauty. Admirable product features.
Shoe horns date back to the 15th century so natural materials were cutting edge at that time! If you're looking for a timeless gift for someone, a quality natural horn shoe horn is a wonderful option.
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