As is so often the case, the original impulse for this product arose from a familiar situation. What is a woman to do with boots that lose their shape, and either become pressed flat or start developing folds and creases and then lie about underfoot everywhere and clutter up the corners? That was the very apparent problem of a female friend of ours from Los Angeles, who came to live with us for several months, bringing with her around 15 pairs of boots made of everything from suede to patent leather. After a few unsuccessful attempts to restore order, it suddenly hit me that everything wouldn’t look so chaotic if one could just get the boots to simply stand up straight. This is what triggered the idea of designing a flexible boot tree that would also be useful for travelers.