Wooden Shoe Tree Auction | Mismatched Pairs
What you see is what you get. These are mismatched pairs of the Austrian Army Wooden Shoe Trees. They come in the lot as-is. If you don't have a use for these in your right-footed shoes, they'd 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.
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.