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Crystal Tex Shoehorns

The Industry Leader Since 1946

(800) 223-4676

Why Consider the Rest When We’re The Best?

Crystal Tex has been the industry leader in the manufacturing of unbreakable shoehorns since 1946! Our shoehorns are manufactured in our Corona, California facility with quick turn around times and very attractive pricing. 

Keep your name in your customer's hand every time they put their shoes on with this timeless advertising tool.  Every great shoe deserves a great shoehorn.

10 Standard Colors with hundreds of Custom PMS color options!

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We Make Shoehorns For:  
Athletic Retailers
Country Clubs
Dry Cleaners   
Golf Courses/Golf Events   
Hospitality Industry
Hotel Brands
Luxury Retail Brands
Major Shoe Retail Stores
Major Department Stores
Medical Supply Companies
Mom & Pop Convenience Stores  
Orthopedics & Prosthetics Offices
Promotional Companies
Retail Convenience Stores
Retail Stores
Shoe Repair Shops  
Tennis Clubs   
Yacht Clubs
The list is endless....  
After 73 years in business, you name it, we can do it!

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Still a Product of Modern Times

Prior to modern times, all shoehorns were custom made out of shell, horn and bone.

A History of Shoehorns

They Actually Originated in the 15th Century

A shoehorn or shoe horn (sometimes called a shoespooner or shoe tongue) is a tool that lets the user put on a shoe more easily. Additionally, expensive shoehorns were made from ivory, shells, silver, or bone in the 15th century.

Shoehorns appear to have originated in the late Middle Ages or Renaissance; in English a "schoying horne" is mentioned in the 15th century, though the French word chausse-pied is only found during the last half of the 16th century.  Elizabeth I of England bought 18 shoehorns from her shoemaker Garrett Johnson between 1563 and 1566, then in 1567 ordered four more in steel from the blacksmiths Gilbert Polson and Richard Jeffrey yet needed no more until 1586. Presumably, these were used by many people in her household.

A group of more than 20 known English shoehorns are all signed and dated, to between 1593 and 1613, and made by Robert Mindum. All also are inscribed with the names of their owners; these include both men and women, including "Jane his wife" in 1612.  There is also other engraved decoration on all, including heraldic medallions, geometric designs and flowers, covering most of the surfaces, in a style characteristic of later scrimshaw. Their shape is very similar to modern examples, and the longest is 11 inches long; five are turned back at the narrow end in a kind of hook.  Several have holes pierced in them, presumably for a cord or leather thong used for pulling them out of the shoe or hanging them up. One owner "Hamlet Radesdale", 1593 is described as a citizen of London who is a cooper; none of the owners seem to be recorded otherwise. Joan Evans suggested, given the nature of the inscriptions, that Robert Mindum made them as a hobby and gave them to his friends. A powder horn similarly inscribed and decorated by him also survives. The British Museum also has a similar inscribed and decorated horn by another maker.

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Post Office Box 80501, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

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TNT Plastic Injection Molding

Dennis Chadwick

Chief Operating Officer

TNT Plastic Injection Molding who makes our shoehorns - is staffed with a group of 110 professonal molding personnel from every facet of the maunfacturing process. We’ve been providing solutions to our customers for over 40 years and  have since built a reputation for high-quality production and excellent  customer satisfaction. Many of the parts we produce have particular  molding challenges and very stringent specifications that other  manufactures shy away from. At TNT Plastics, we aim to partner with our  customers to achieve successful relationships. No matter the type or  complexity of a project, we've probably done it. Our flexibility,  resourcefulness and engineering know-how shows in our outstanding  quality and costs.

TNT Plastic Molding Specializes in the following areas:

  • High Volume Specialists
  • Specialist in recycled resins and customer supplied resins
  • 38 presses, 9 ton to 1500T
  • 24/7 operation
  • Full secondary assemblies and decorating
  • Insert and over molding expertise
  • Full tool shop on premises
  • Excellent overseas partners when needed
  • Robotics high volume production
  • We scale to our customer needs with capital equipment
  • 120,000 SQ foot facility
  • 6 Joint Venture tooling plants Overseas
  • Ability to design and expedite product launch
  • Able to deliver daily with TNT fleet of trucks