I received a great pair of Mle 47 French army boots which I haven’t been able to try on (at least not the right boot) because when I went to remove the shoe trees inside, the wood lip that serves as the “handle” cracked off. Uhoh! Now I have a 50+ year old boot in nice shape with a sharp piece of wood inside that needs to be prised out. My first inclinations are to (A) cut the dowel and separate the tree into two halves or (B) wedge something between the heel and the tree to facilitate dragging it out of the boot without damaging the inside. Occam’s razor wants option (A), but I would be a bit sad to just destroy the tree as I would love to reuse it and fix it too. Anybody have any suggestions?