How to Use a Shoehorn

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Use a Shoehorn. The shoehorn was a staple of society throughout first part of the twentieth century. No matter the shoe or the style of dress, many people relied on the shoehorn to get their foot into a tight-fitting shoe. Today the shoehorn is used for the dress shoe. Here are a few tips on how to use a shoehorn.

Step 1

Place the blade of the shoehorn against the "counter." The counter is the back of the shoe.

Step 2

Insert the tip of your foot into the front of the shoe and rest your heel against the blade of the shoehorn.

Step 3

Push down with your heel on the blade of the shoehorn. The slick exterior of the blade will allow your heel to "slip" into the shoe.

Step 4

Remove the shoehorn from the counter of the shoe. At this point, your foot should be comfortably in the shoe and the shoehorn should be in your hand.


  • Many shoe stores have shoehorns readily available. Also, they can be bought at supermarkets, drug stores or dollar stores. Use a long handled shoehorn. It allows you more comfort as you do not have to bend over to utilize the tool.