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shoe trees! save a whole $8, thanks to our tanking economy!

post #1 of 6
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stupid US dollar!!! the british pound is killing us, at about $1.75 per, so we'd only save a measly eight dollars by buying these lobb shoe trees from this excellent seller (retail is $120 including shipping from NYC). damnit.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-John-L...QQcmdZViewItem
post #2 of 6
Serious question: In what ways are these superior to $20 Woodlore combination shoe trees? I read the bit about the "double tubes"... anything else? Not a criticism, but genuine curiousity.
post #3 of 6
In my opinion, the double spring tubes don't constitute much of an advantage at all over the single-spring Woodlore/Rochester, etc., models. The advantage of these trees over the cheaper ones lies in the built-up instep on the front piece, allowing the tree to make fuller contact with the shoe, particularly the upper part of the vamp. For me this advantage is not worth the considerable price difference--$87 on eBay (in a very rare appearance) vs. the $14.50 you pay on eBay for the Woodlore/Rochester ones. In theory, this greater amount of support and contact from these Lobb trees constitutes an advantage, but I seriously doubt that if you compared two pairs of shoes one stored with the Lobb trees and the other with the cheaper cedar ones, there'd be 2 cents worth of difference in the shape, appearance, and condition (even in the vamp area) of the shoes after several years of storage.
post #4 of 6
I agree with Roger, especially if the shoes fit well.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
the only real difference, other than keeping the shape/ fit of the shoe a little better than the slimmer cedar trees is that Lobb shoes just require Lobb trees; you gotta have the inlaid brass plate with the Lobb logo, etc. in your shoes! If you got a really good deal on the Lobb shoes (i.e. around $550 for a $1,250 pair of shoes) you owe it you yourself and the shoes to buy the nice trees!

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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
Lobb shoes just require Lobb trees; you gotta have the inlaid brass plate with the Lobb logo, etc. in your shoes! If you got a really good deal on the Lobb shoes (i.e. around $550 for a $1,250 pair of shoes) you owe it you yourself and the shoes to buy the nice trees!
Well there is something to that, I guess! I now feel a little guilty for subjecting my JLobb Westminsters to the indignity of Woodlore shoetrees.
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