Originally Posted by Steve7
Expanding my collection slowly...
On rotation. Interestingly, David at the Trickers factory shop says they are a waste of money! They don't match anyones' feet and you can get the same result using cheap rubbish and packing the foot.
They do stop the curl up of the toe, mind you.!
Well that's something... Shoe trees in raw wood help drying the inside of the shoe while keeping the shoe leather in tension so it does not age prematurely and wrinkle too fast (the best, of course would be to have the matching last/shape shoe tree but the price in this scenario is stratospheric).
I can understand that some people don't use shoe trees as they like their shoes to look rugged and with some heavy, let's say, character.
David certainly does as well as Richard (The Shoe Healer) when I discussed about that with him years ago or one of the sellers in Alden SF I talked with about that too (this guy was wearing some amazing 10 years old cordovan chukkas) but some guys told me you need at least a raw wood shoe trees (C&J, Heschung, Carmina and Weston crews Paris and London) some other will go further and say that when possible you have to get the matching shoes trees with the exact last of your shoes (I've been told at Loob in Paris and at Vass in Budapest). It's a funny subject to bring in every decent shoe store, just for the records!
For me the raw wood shoes trees worth every penny (And it's very easy to find good enough wooden shoe trees at a very low price in France), some of my Tricker's boots are 7 years old and besides the sole it's hard to tell as they all have shoe trees and get Saphir cream on regular basis (once a month) but I also have to admit that I'm sort of "anal" with tat as even my 2 pairs of Ipath sneakers have their own shoe trees!
Anyways, sorry if I'm not clear, I'm French so I'm not sure my English is accurate here... Just be assured that there was no judgment what so ever as I'm a true believer of the "I don't give a rat's ass of what other people think about me, what I wear, think or how I dress" philosophy!