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Good and Reasonably Priced Shoe Trees?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Where to find them, do they need to be from the company you bought the shoes from, and are they necessary for good shoes?
post #2 of 30
Trees are essential for good shoes. After a day's wear, your shoes have absrobed a fair amount of muisture. When you take them off and let them dry in the air, then, absent trees, the leather will tend to contract, the front end will curl up like dried lox and unsightly creases will appear. Some maintain that trees help absorb excess moisture as well - I'm not sure I agree, but it's a minor point.

If you can find trees that have been made to fit your particualr shoes, then that is the ideal situation. However, very few companies actually offer those.

You can find inexpensive cedar spring-loaded trees (usually $10-15) in many discount stores, and on ebay and STP. These are usually shaped the same and would not fit, in my opinion, many of the chiseled/elongated lasts so beloved of us.

I usually hunt for vintage hardwood trees on Ebay. I pay on average $15-20 per pair including shipping. Vintage trees come in many shapes and lasts, and over time, once you've accumulated a few, you can match them with your shoe collection.
post #3 of 30
I think about half of the forum has some Woodlores. STP carries them from time to time, but I don't think they have any now.

http://www.woodlore.com/products_sho...shoe_tree.html
post #4 of 30
I use the cedar shoe trees from Bexley. Four pairs for 59 Euro: http://http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/...Referrer=12141
post #5 of 30
Allen-Edmonds' eBay store generally has a selection of Woodlore seconds for half-price--about $15. I've bought a few pairs and never found the "defects" to be more than cosmetic.
post #6 of 30
Thread Starter 
I just bought a pair of woodlores from Amazon for $20...so that takes care of that. Now, should I refrain from wearing my new shoes(see poorman's shoe porn) until they arrive and I can tree 'em or can I indulge a little??
post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by Swann
I use the cedar shoe trees from Bexley. Four pairs for 59 Euro: http://http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/...Referrer=12141

+ 47 Euro for shipping!
post #8 of 30
Ultra cedar shoe trees from Grapevinehill on eBay offer the best value in my opinion (unless you are in Europe and can get the Bexley trees at a decent shipping cost)
post #9 of 30
I get the Woodlore Ultra shoe trees from GVH. They sell them for about $15 or so.
post #10 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by odoreater
I get the Woodlore Ultra shoe trees from GVH. They sell them for about $15 or so.
GVH? Anyways, i already bought some. Question is, can I wear my shoes for a few days w/o 'em?
post #11 of 30
There are many things one can do but shouldn't.
post #12 of 30
I got 10 pairs of the grapevinehill (GVH) trees as well for around 15 each. The heels aren't as wide as the Woodlores, but otherwise they're great.
post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 
Too late - already put 'em on and am heading out, trees be damned!!
Yeah, I'm a real rebel!
post #14 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Augusto86
GVH? Anyways, i already bought some. Question is, can I wear my shoes for a few days w/o 'em?

try not to do this....

as for GVH trees, i think the ones with the brass plates have GVH logo markings on them. just for those of you who didn't know.
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
try not to do this....

as for GVH trees, i think the ones with the brass plates have GVH logo markings on them. just for those of you who didn't know.

Yup.
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