Agreed - and I like the way lasted shoe trees fit.
Frankly, the fit of lasted shoe trees makes me wonder sometimes if standard shoe tree size recommendations don't err on the small side, e.g., recommending medium when a guy could/should get a large.
So which shoe trees do you guys use for shoes on the 325 last and 314 last?
Here is a photo of the Westbourne on the 348 last and the C&J for RL Marlow wingtip on the 325 last in the same size, using the same tree. You can clearly see the shoe tree goes deeper into the toe area on the 348 last. It almost feels like the leather on the wingtip is gonna tear with this shoe tree, its too wide in the forepart. The C&J shoe trees is more or less like a perfect fit for the 348 last.
Here is a photo comparing the Marlow wingtip with the penny loafer, still using the same shoe trees. As you can see, the loafer on the 314 last is not as reluctant to embrace the shoe tree as the wingtip on the 325 last, however I still feel the shoe trees are a poor fit for this shoe too.
So which shoetrees do you use for these shoes? Are you able to comfortably fit C&J shoe trees in them, or do you have to resort to other shoe trees?
PS, a quick shot of the welt of the loafer. The shining part looks like metal. On this side of the shoe I can also clearly see the holes in the upper where the welt is attached. Is this purely an esthetic 'defect', or would it also have some impact on the construction/durability of the shoe?
Yes. I wear a size uk10 in both the 341 and 348 last, while I wear us10.5 in both the wingtip and the penny loafer. They fit me all the same, IMO. The loafer might be a tad snugger than the others, but its still quite new.
What are your thoughts about the picture of the welt of the loafer?
Thanks for your input. It was my understanding that they offered two set of trees, one for the handgrade lasts, and one universal.
Below you can see a comparison between the trees I received with my 341 lasted shoes, and the trees I received with my 348 lasted shoes. They appear identical, and they also have the same numbers. I don't consider the 341 last to be a long and narrow one like the 348, and I would think it resembles the 325 more.
Anyway, here are some comparison photos.
Do I have to worry about the upper of the loafer to collapse?
I emailed C&J about this earlier today, and the answer I received was the following:
We offer our classic shoe trees which fit all of our lasts, we also have a new Hand grade shoe tree which is made for the 358 last.
The classic shoe tree fits all.
They seem to be experts at avoiding answering my questions. But it seems like they would use the generic shoe tree on both the 314 and 325 last, therefore I really don't understand why my trees don't fit.. Kinda annoying
About the loafer, is the visible inseam an issue?