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Put your best foot forward — and save your back — with this $10 shoe horn

Shoppers call this savvy gadget a 'live saver' — it's currently over 30% off.

Wrestling with shoes when you have knee, hip or back pain is anything but fun, especially when you have somewhere to be. A shoe horn can make the process easier and faster, but the true trick is to grab one that doesn't require you to bend like the Vive Long-Handled Shoe Horn. With this, you can put on or take off any shoe — sneaker, Croc, Oxford, you name it — while standing or sitting. At 24 inches high, the shoe horn works well for men and women, has a firm grip and is gently curved to slide into any size or style.

After just one use you'll be yelling, "Vive le shoe horn!"

$10 at Amazon

Why is this a good deal? 💰

Anything that can save a sore back from unnecessary bending and twisting is a steal in our opinion. Though this long-handled shoe horn has been consistently at the same sale price for some time, we wouldn't be surprised if it shot up unexpectedly, so grab it now while you can!

Why do I need this? 🤔

This shoe horn means you don't have to wrestle with your Skechers or go toe-to-toe with your Hush Puppies. You can put on your shoes while standing up, which exerts less pressure on your back muscles and joints — and lessens the chances of pulls and strains. And that can save you big bucks on medical costs.

The large oval handle gives you a safe and secure hold. Each edge is gently rounded to ensure it doesn't snag on socks or stockings, or scuff your shoes. And as a handy extra, the handle allows it to be stored on a coat rack or storage hook for quick access. The durable plastic frame is sturdy and won't crack or break, and the entire shoe horn can be separated into two pieces for traveling.

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Never wrestle with your balance — or New Balances — again. (Amazon)

What reviewers say 💬

Almost 9,000 shoppers were so impressed that they gave this shoe horn a perfect rating on Amazon.

Pros 👍

This reviewer even dubbed it the "best" they've used and says it's even good for travel. "It's exactly what I needed. I will soon have hip replacement surgery. To avoid extra bending and twisting immediately afterward, this shoe horn will aid me in getting shoes on. I have been practicing and find it easy to use. It is simple to assemble. It separates for traveling and is just the right height."

"How could such a little thing, like a piece of plastic with a long handle make my life so much easier?" another shopper raved. Another who's even had a knee procedure said it's been a huge help to them daily. "I had knee replacement surgery last year and I am now going for a hip replacement on the same leg," the fan wrote. "With this shoe horn, I can now slide into my shoes alone. Extra benefit, I can get this horn inside of my socks and get them off, too!"

"Better than what the hospital gave me," revealed this satisfied customer. "After my hip replacement, the hospital gave me a 'hip kit,' which included a shoe horn. It was longer than the regular ones but still not long enough to keep me from having to bend over too far. So I searched until I found this one. It was here very quickly after I ordered it and has repeatedly proven to be just what the occupational therapist ordered."

And reviewers struggling with neuropathy and arthritis are particularly appreciative of this savvy tool. "I have very bad arthritis this is a life saver. ... I am able to put on my shoes without a hassle. It use to take me a half hour."

Cons 👎

"It's lightweight and I'm very pleased with it," added this reviewer before pointing out one minor setback. "Only con might be that it's plastic and therefore less solid or strong. But it's strong enough, and if it were anything else it would lose its other benefits."

Another shopper had one more con: "I like this tool very much, but wish the end were textured," the shopper wrote. "I planned to use this item to help get the back of the shoe standing again. It slips out of place because the end of the item is so smooth."

And though it's extremely sturdy, one more reviewer said it would have been nice if it was "made out of wood or metal" for a bit more guaranteed durability.

It also comes with a sock remover tab so you can easily slip off your shoes AND socks.

$10 at Amazon

Psst: If your shoes are feeling a little too tight, Amazon shoppers also love this FootMatters Shoe Stretch spray:

Just spritz some of this onto practically any shoe for some extra wiggle room — it also works on leather gloves!

$10 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.