Austrian Army Wooden Shoe Trees
A shoe tree is a device mimicking the shape of a foot that is placed inside of a shoe or boot to preserve its shape and stop it from developing creases—extending the life of the shoe. Think of it as a reusable alternative to wadded rags or newspapers. The Austrian military used these wooden shoe trees to preserve the integrity of their leather boots in storage. Maybe you should too. If not, they make a great conversation piece in your study or prop for a still life artist. They're an homage to the way things used to be; when cobblers weren't just skilled artisans but their work was an important part of everyday life. Take this piece of Austrian military history home with you.
These are sold as a pair. One right, one left.