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Proper Shoe Tree Fit

post #1 of 52
Thread Starter 
What exactly about shoe trees in shoes prevents creasing? Is it the snugness in length? Or is it the all-around fit?

A few of my shoes have a bit of space between the shoe tree and the top of the inside of my shoe - enough so where I'm able to actually push down a very tiny bit up until the top of the shoe touches the top of the tree. So I was wondering if the lack of space between those two parts is what helps prevent creasing? Or is snugness in length the main element when looking for a "perfect" fit? Both, perhaps? I'm assuming the trees should be both snug and completely fill out the toe box area, but I'm not entirely sure.

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 52
Thread Starter 
No one?
post #3 of 52
As tight as possible as long as you can get the trees in and out effortlessly. I care more about the thickness, not the length or width of the trees. * * These sounds so dirty
post #4 of 52
I would be happy with the fit as long as it fills the vamp/ instep and the creases are flattened out without stretching any other areas too much.
post #5 of 52
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Originally Posted by onix View Post
As tight as possible as long as you can get the trees in and out effortlessly. I care more about the thickness, not the length or width of the trees. *


* These sounds so dirty

I've been trying to find a pair of trees with a decent fit depth-wise, but haven't had much luck and so was hoping the thickness () played a not-so-significant roll. I still wonder what's more important, tho': The snugness in length, or the filling of the toe box,vamp and instep area.

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Originally Posted by upnorth View Post
I would be happy with the fit as long as it fills the vamp/ instep and the creases are flattened out without stretching any other areas too much.

Yea', me, too. It's just hard finding a pair that does that.
post #6 of 52
My shoe size is 8D - 81/2D, and Woodlore epic shoe trees size Medium work perfect.

http://woodlore.com/products_shoe_tr...shoe_tree.html

post #7 of 52
You worry too much, just get one for your shoe size and forget about the little details.

Or buy Vass which comes with lasted shoe trees
post #8 of 52
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My shoe size is 8D - 81/2D, and Woodlore epic shoe trees size Medium work perfect.

http://woodlore.com/products_shoe_tr...shoe_tree.html

Bought and returned a pair of Epics due to the same reasons I mentioned above. To be fair, they ran a bit small, but I'm not so sure sizing up would make a difference. I'll give 'em one more try, tho'. Thanks!
post #9 of 52
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Originally Posted by entrero View Post
You worry too much, just get one for your shoe size and forget about the little details.
It's not worry, dude - I'm just 1.) curious and 2.) attempting to prevent major creases from forming, which is kinda the point of buying shoes trees, no?
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Or buy Vass which comes with lasted shoe trees
Planning on it.
post #10 of 52
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Originally Posted by Westbound View Post
Bought and returned a pair of Epics due to the same reasons I mentioned above. To be fair, they ran a bit small, but I'm not so sure sizing up would make a difference. I'll give 'em one more try, tho'. Thanks!

If my size is 9D or something like that none of the epics would work: The medium works best for 8-8.5, the large works best for 10-10.5.... or something like that.
post #11 of 52
Thread Starter 
I think you're right. I'll try the large and hopefully can get a decent fit out of it.
post #12 of 52
The Epic Mediums work perfectly for a 9D.
post #13 of 52
Tree length definitely factors in and before I owned lasted trees I thought the tree should fill out the entire shoe, particularly in the vamp area. But I have noticed with my EG trees the tree doesn't actually touch in vamp, it sort of pushes down on the toe effectively smoothing out vamp creasing if that makes sense.
post #14 of 52
I wish that more companies sold last-specific shoe trees. I guess AE, Alden, etc., have determined it's not a viable market? Maybe Woodlore should try to "partner" with such companies?? *edit* I just emailed that question to Cedarville.
post #15 of 52
You might try Bexley as they are size specific. I use them for the shoes that didn't come with trees with no problem.
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