shoe tree


Definition of shoe tree

: a foot-shaped device for inserting in a shoe to preserve its shape

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The Burj al Arab Jumeirah puts each pair of shoes in individual bags to keep them separate from other clothes, while the St. Regis New York uses shoe trees. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Seattle Hotel Playbook," 3 Dec. 2018 Help maintain the shoe’s shape, and soak up lingering sweat or rain, with cedar shoe trees. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Leather Shoes Last Forever," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shoe tree

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shoe tree

: a device shaped like a foot that is placed inside a shoe when it is not being worn to keep it the right shape

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