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why would you do it? actually, it is recommended to have a pair of trees for every pair of shoes. trees do not cost an arm and a leg, so what's the deal?
it doesn't do any harm, if you remove them, it just makes no sense, imo.
The natural chromexcel Self Edge boot looks a lot better than I expected in NYRanger's fit pics. Not necessarily my style but the boot does look very good. To each his own.
That brings me to the navy suede boot from Leffot - great looking boot, but I've never been a fan of the red brick sole, so I'm gonna pass. Those boots would look killer on a double waterlock sole. My navy needs are covered for now with Tassel's navy suede unlined chukka....
Seeing as you are from NY as well I would suggest seeing these in person if you haven't already. The red brick sole is very subtle. I feel that the contast stitching on the toe as well as the midnight navy color is what pops on this boot. What I I would like to do is get some laces that match the contrast stitching. However, I don't think you can ever have eneogh "Midnight" blue shoes. And one of these days I am sure I will run into you at Leffot.
Trees also help shoes retain their shape. Best to have a pair of trees for each pair of shoes...
Because we're not talking about lasted trees so, for me at least, the fit isn't perfect. If they were lasted I'd keep them in whenever they weren't on my feet. My unlined shell LHS in particular develops a crease from a pair of properly sized Alden trees.
Shoe trees are not supposed to fit snug to the last. They draw moisture out and provide some ventilation in the process. In addition, even with shoe trees, the shoes still retain some moisture. If you store our shoes without them the soles will eventually curl some (esp. leather soles). My shoes either have my feet or my shoe trees in them all the time. Besides, the cedar makes them smell great... you should very lightly sandpaper them once a year to keep the fresh scent coming.
I didn't get much of a response to the idea of an Alden FAQ, yet we see the same questions repeatedly. This is a start. We still need info mainly on sizing questions. Other ideas welcome, maybe PM me some questions or preferably questions with answers.
Online Purchasing Options
Leather Soul http://www.leathersoulhawaii.com/category/brands/alden/
The Shoe Mart http://www.theshoemart.com/alden-shoes/bt-ald.html
Alden Shop http://www.aldenshop.com/
Sherman Brothers http://www.shermanbrothers.com/brand...S&BrandCode=AL
J. Crew http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...enForJCrew.jsp
Ben Silver http://www.bensilver.com/Alden-American-Shoes.html
Moulded Shoe http://mouldedshoe.com/alden1.html
Renners Fine Boots & Shoes http://www.rennersbootsshoes.com/aldenshoes1.html
Sky Valet http://www.skyvalet1.com/Alden.aspx
Frans Boone Store https://www.fransboonestore.com/en/store/brands/alden.html
The Bureau http://www.thebureaubelfast.com/shop/brand/58/alden/
Alden of Carmel http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index.cfm/shoes.htm
J. Gilbert http://www.jgilbertfootwear.com/?q=node/90
A few more off the top of my head
Need Supply http://needsupply.com/
Tres Bien http://www.tresbienshop.com/