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Best mass-produced shoe tree?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
So, I purchased like 6 pairs of Rochesters.. all are in use, and none of them seem to press against the vamp at all. I just purchased some Jermyn II and John Lobb shoe trees - what shoe trees, that are readily available, press in all areas?

Price is not an issue.

Thanks.
post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by kronik
So, I purchased like 6 pairs of Rochesters.. all are in use, and none of them seem to press against the vamp at all. I just purchased some Jermyn II and John Lobb shoe trees - what shoe trees, that are readily available, press in all areas?

Price is not an issue.

Thanks.

Check out Bexley's. They are working well for me in some EG's and C&J's.

http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/index.a...BEXLEY&lang=EN
post #3 of 20
La Cordonnerie Anglaise (LCA) and Dunkelman are similar in construction as Bexley, only the wood used is of better quality. The shape of the heel may differ a bit too. These trees would set you back about 60-65 US $.
post #4 of 20
I second the vote for Bexley's:

post #5 of 20
If price is not an issue (OP's own quote), get the last-specific trees for the shoes in question.

Otherwise, I like Cathcart-Elliot trees which are available on eBay from shoe-trees. I've bought about 6 pairs from him and the ones I buy look similar to the Bexley's posted above, except with a knob on the heel portion. I think he calls them "Premium Cedar Trees". Good prices too.

He also sells cheaper ones, but I don't think they'd provide enough support.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Holdfast
If price is not an issue (OP's own quote), get the last-specific trees for the shoes in question.

Otherwise, I like Cathcart-Elliot trees which are available on eBay from shoe-trees. I've bought about 6 pairs from him and the ones I buy look similar to the Bexley's posted above, except with a knob on the heel portion. I think he calls them "Premium Cedar Trees". Good prices too.

He also sells cheaper ones, but I don't think they'd provide enough support.

That's where I did where applicable (read: EG Mackays, Jermyn IIs) but some pairs.. the Barker Blacks.. Gucci loafers.. don't come with shoe trees for whatever reason - something I've learned in regards to well-made vs. stylish shoes.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by kronik
That's where I did where applicable (read: EG Mackays, Jermyn IIs) but some pairs.. the Barker Blacks.. Gucci loafers.. don't come with shoe trees for whatever reason - something I've learned in regards to well-made vs. stylish shoes.

Actually BB makes a last-specific tree in...black.
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
What the fookle - they didn't have it at Saks.
post #9 of 20
For the Bexley's if I wear a 9 EEE should I go to 9.5?
post #10 of 20
Actually, I have found the Rochester "Washburn" model to be the best tree so far. It is about $35, but you can sometimes get a discount for $10 off at shoebuy.com...

It is a solid toe, high vamp, shoe tree. It is not hollow, so it is no good for travel but I find that it fills my shoes completely and is very contoured. It has a full heel which I also like. Additionally, it is cedar which is believed by many on the forum to be superior to varnished wood, if it isn't prettier...

Anyway, my two cents.

http://www.shoebuy.com/sb/s.jsp/r_ss...16/sbstl_37116
post #11 of 20
This isn't really an answer to the original post, but Grapevinehill has the Woodlore ultra trees for $19.50. I think that's a fantastic price.
post #12 of 20
I have no experience with Bexley but so far, my best trees have been Grapevinehill's "ultra' shoe trees. Best value for money IMO
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by chorse123
This isn't really an answer to the original post, but Grapevinehill has the Woodlore ultra trees for $19.50. I think that's a fantastic price.

I have a local cobbler who gets them for me for $17.00, no tax. Let me know if you'd like some, I can order them from him and we can meet or messenger the trees over.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by chorse123
This isn't really an answer to the original post, but Grapevinehill has the Woodlore ultra trees for $19.50. I think that's a fantastic price.

wow - chorse123 - we think alike !

PS: hope you guys got home OK on Sunday under the pouring rain... Zach was nice enough to give all of us a ride... It was good meeting/seeing you guys
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by edmorel
I have a local cobbler who gets them for me for $17.00, no tax. Let me know if you'd like some, I can order them from him and we can meet or messenger the trees over.

Argh! Thanks, Ed. I just bought a few so don't need any for the time being, but will keep that in mind.

Got home fine on Sunday thanks to a few $3 street umbrellas. I love New York!
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