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    Nice to see where I got my snarkiness. Of course, that seemed to be all Id gotten from him. Id seen pictures of him before, but this was the first time Id seen him in person, and I was having a hard time not staring. He was so different from what I expected. He was definitely handsome, but . . . I dont know. In a fussy way. He looked like the kind of guy who had a lot of shoe trees.

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    Re: shoe trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    Nice to see where I got my snarkiness. Of course, that seemed to be all Id gotten from him. Id seen pictures of him before, but this was the first time Id seen him in person, and I was having a hard time not staring. He was so different from what I expected. He was definitely handsome, but . . . I dont know. In a fussy way. He looked like the kind of guy who had a lot of shoe trees.

    shoe trees??
    A shoe tree is like this: Google Images

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    Re: shoe trees

    Does she mean that he seems a guy who uses shoe trees in his shoes? Isnt there a metaphor?

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    Re: shoe trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    Does she mean that he seems a guy who uses shoe trees in his shoes? Isnt there a metaphor?
    No, it isn't a metaphor. I suppose the writer is suggesting that he is a fussy, fastidious sort of person.

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    Re: shoe trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    Does she mean that he seems a guy who uses shoe trees in his shoes? Isnt there a metaphor?
    She really means that - but of course, not many men *do* use shoe trees, and so she is perhaps using it to stand for something more: he is the kind of man who is (over)interested in his own appearance, or who is very fussy, unusually neat and tidy - one could get a lot of ideas about what someone is like just from knowing the fact they had a pair of shoe trees from every shoe!

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    Re: shoe trees

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it isn't a metaphor. I suppose the writer is suggesting that he is a fussy, fastidious sort of person.
    Isn't that exactly what it is? Using shoe-trees is a metaphor for fussiness.

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    Re: shoe trees

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    Isn't that exactly what it is? Using shoe-trees is a metaphor for fussiness.

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    Yes, you are right, it is. I was thinking of a known metaphor (known to me that is).

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    Re: shoe trees

    Even though the use shoe trees is a logical way of keeping expensive shoes in good shape (for example, they keep the shoe in the same position as when it's on the foot while it's not being worn, thereby keeping the sole from "bowing" or the leather from creasing), I still picture only old men like my Dad using them!

    I think what the writer in the OP is saying is that a man who has a lot of shoe trees at home (one pair for each pair of shoes) is also the type of man who, for example, organizes his canned goods in alphabetical order on the shelves of his pantry.

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    Re: shoe trees

    In other words, he's one fussy and scrupulous fellow
    And, maybe, even a little bit obsessed about some routines...

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