This works, enough said! My father-in-law brought this down to our house once and left it there. So we start using it - my wife and two young children. It made it very easy to put on shoes standing up. The black plastic is a bit flexible, but we find that actually helps better lever on the shoes. The small ring at one end made it convenient to hang next to the front door as well.
A few weeks ago we lost it and honestly have been a little lost without it. You might be thinking, "How lazy can you get?" but once we got used to using the shoe horn, it really made putting on already tied shoes a snap. We've since gone back to tying and untying our shoes like before, but now that I've seen this shoe horn offered as a set at such a great price, I'm snapping it up!
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A shoehorn (sometimes called a shoespoon) is a tool that allows the user to put on a shoe more easily. It does so by keeping the shoe open and by providing a smooth surface for the foot and particularly the heel to move, without crushing the shoe's counter (the vertical portion of the shoe that wraps around the back of the foot), in this way acting as a first class lever.
Originally, shoe horns were made from animal horns and some made from bulls' horns are still available for purchase. Today plastic and metal are most often used. They were also made of glass and even paper. Expensive shoe horns were made from ivory, silver, shell, animal horn or bone.
Shoehorns have been used for advertising and many people collect them.
There are various models of shoe horns. Long handled shoe horns, for example, are used to reduce bending and straining by persons lacking joint mobility, while shoe horns with sturdy handles are useful for putting on boots or heavy shoes. More recently, expensive shoe horns have found their way to market. For example, designer Ralph Lauren currently offers a shoe horn retailing at $250.