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.

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

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

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.

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.

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