Re: Hardwood antique trees On materials 1) Cedar is more absorbent than hardwood. Â Some complain "dries out" their shoes during prolonged storage. Â I've never had this happen. 2) Cedar is softer and more prone to chipping or cracking. Â I've had this happen with two different pairs. I also stepped on a tree in the middle of the night and broke the handle. Why I choose hardwood antique: 1) Aesthetics, the old trees just look better in the shoes. 2) Assymetrical lasting--the old, hardwood trees are generally cut & constructed to a shape that approximates the last of the original shoes--or at least moreso than my cedar trees. 3) Support through the instep. Â See above. Â I know that Rochester/AE/Woodlore offers a model that provides support through the instep, but those versions retail for almost $30 and are rarely seen on Ebay for less than $20. 4) Cost: About the same for vintage trees as their cedar counterparts. *5) the novelty of owning an antique. Â Not as a cool as a burled walnut end-table from the 19th century, but far better than a beat-up Rochester box at Marshall's. Oh, and the guy I'm buying from has 2 size 9's left in stock. Â I can probably get them for $30-35 (or less??) shipped to your door.
Right. Â And if one of the purposes of the cedar is to draw the moisture, and hardwood isn't very good at that, then I would think that hardwood would be a drawback. Â But of course, I've seen the lobb bespoke trees in hardwood.