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I bought my first pair of Crocket & Jones shoes the other day, I decided to bull them first to get a couple of good "skins" on them before brush polishing them when needed, from time to time i will maintain the shin e with a quick bulling.

 

Not a very good phone photo I'm afraid.

 

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I saw something today that bugged me. I went into this rinky-dink shoe repair shop near where I work to buy some Lexol today. There was this guy in there with a pair of strange leather shoes with rubber soles and like holes in them (kind of like half sandal, half dress shoe looking things). The rubber soles were separating from the upper. He asked the guy how much it would be to fix them. The guy at the counter was examining them and I could see it in his face he wanted to tell the guy, "are you fucking kidding me? Throw these out you cheap fuck!" But he says, I can do it for $26. I thought in my head, wow that's cheap. The guy who owned the shoes looked flabbergasted and was like, "Serious? These are $30 new! No way!"

What's wrong with people? confused.gif

Great anecdote.
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I think he's paraphrasing Dire Straits....


Money for nothing and the shoes are free.
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Just to add, he was wearing crocs.
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I hope his crocs were a decent colour. I hate those pink ones. 

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Just to add, he was wearing crocs.

 

you literally could have been describing my Father In Law who is a wonderful man and could buy a new pair of Vass every day while throwing out the previous days without blinking an eye...of course he buys $40 shoes and wears crocs all the time now...I laughed out loud when I read your post.

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That's like my father, he wears those rounded bottom scketchers that pregnant women wear for butt exercises.
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Patrick, your new photo does you no favours. Nice teeth, though. :happy:

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Bear with me. I am going away and will have to wear the same shoes for 5 days. The shoes, like all of mine, have arch supports in them. The shoe trees i use in them are of very good quality, but heavy (but take account of my inserts). I have found a pair of plastic shoe trees that fit the shoes and with their inserts in them. They have the added advantage of being very light. Are these better than nothing? I suppose, more importantly, are they a good idea?

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They have the added advantage of being very light. Are these better than nothing? I suppose, more importantly, are they a good idea?
I'm sort of curious too. I have a pair of the Shoe Snob's plastic travel trees that I've been using. They are very light, and help keep the form of the shoe, but obviously don't have the moisture absorption benefits of cedar trees. I think I saw @RogerP mention them in a thread a while ago. Better than nothing, right? Any downsides to using these for a week or so versus just using nothing? I'm often close to the weight limit and regular trees are much heavier. My AS lasted trees are incredibly heavy!
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I'm sort of curious too. I have a pair of the Shoe Snob's plastic travel trees that I've been using. They are very light, and help keep the form of the shoe, but obviously don't have the moisture absorption benefits of cedar trees. I think I saw @RogerP mention them in a thread a while ago. Better than nothing, right? Any downsides to using these for a week or so versus just using nothing?

 

I would use them for traveling to and from and not put them in at night during your stay...IMHO - leaving the shoes without them in will help any moisture evap quicker...I tend to doubt the moisture wicking nonsense anyway of shoe trees but without a doubt keeping a shoes form is key. I think the only risk you run is getting the shoes crushed during travel so use them then and if you want to play it safe moisture wise then having a plastic shoe tree inserted can not be good...stuff a hotel towel or some Toilet paper in there.

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I usually being one pair of cedar trees when I travel and at least 3 pairs of shoes, two good ones, and one pair of beaters in case of inclement weather.

I don't recommend plastic shoe trees in any circumstance. The plastic traps the moisture between the lining and the tree itself. Years ago when I was only a poor college student I had a pair of Chelsea boots that only saw plastic shoe trees. Each time I pulled out the trees they would be speckled with drops of sweat. I thought nothing of it until the lining of those shoes rotted and developed cracks on the inside.

Bring some old newspaper to shove into the shoe, that's better than plastic, ime.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I usually being one pair of Cesar trees when I travel and at least 3 pairs of shoes, two good ones, and one pair of beaters in case of inclement weather.

I don't recommend plastic shoe trees in any circumstance. The plastic traps the moisture between the lining and the tree itself. Years ago when I was only a poor college student I had a pair of Chelsea boots that only saw plastic show trees. Each time I pulled out the trees they would be speckled with drops of sweat. I thought nothing of it until the lining of those shoes rotted and developed cracks on the inside.

Bring some old newspaper to shove into the shoe, that's better than plastic, ime.

The only time I recommend plastic trees is for use during short travel.
As mentioned the plastic will repel moisture back into the lining of the shoe causing decay.
Also mentioned is they are lightweight and will help prevent the shoes from being crushed during travel.
One solution is to wrap the vamp and heel sections of the trees with 2 layers of paper towel. This way you have an absorbent barrier between the plastic and leather.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I usually being one pair of Cesar trees when I travel and at least 3 pairs of shoes, two good ones, and one pair of beaters in case of inclement weather.

I don't recommend plastic shoe trees in any circumstance. The plastic traps the moisture between the lining and the tree itself. Years ago when I was only a poor college student I had a pair of Chelsea boots that only saw plastic show trees. Each time I pulled out the trees they would be speckled with drops of sweat. I thought nothing of it until the lining of those shoes rotted and developed cracks on the inside.


Bring some old newspaper to shove into the shoe, that's better than plastic, ime.
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I don't know how this could possibly be true...we've had so much "expert" [cough] testimony here that rubber soles and topy sole protectors are not occlusive...no way, OJ...don't hold moisture in against the insole or the outsole. If rubber outsoles are not occlusive, how could affordable, expedient, modern, technologically advanced, plastic trees be occlusive??!! Plastic trees have holes in them and it's not like they're touching the lining everywhere and/or sealing off the leather they do touch.

It's SF heresy!!

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My own personal opinion is that for short periods of time, no trees are better than plastic trees.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Bring some old newspaper to shove into the shoe, that's better than plastic, ime.
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The only time I recommend plastic trees is for use during short travel.
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My own personal opinion is that for short periods of time, no trees are better than plastic trees.

Ok, thanks all!
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