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Shoe trees selection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. kolecho

    kolecho Well-Known Member

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    Most shoemakers offer their own range of shoe trees, usually for quite hefty prices. Third party shoe trees are generally better value.

    Do original shoe trees offer better fit and therefore worth the extra money? If not, which third party shoe tree manufacturer would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    It depends on which shoe trees you're talking about. Vass trees are made on the same last as the shoes and would be worth a whole lot of money if Vass didn't include them with the shoes. JL Paris trees are beautiful, solid, and well-made. They're not made from the last, however, and it's hard to see why they would be worth the $100 that they cost.
     
  3. Horace

    Horace Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.

    Does anyone know if Alden and AE offer particular shoes tree for particular lasts? I don't think so.

    How about EG, C&J, Trickers, et al.
     
  4. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of Vass trees, I have been thinking of importing some from the company that makes them. Any interest here? I need to guage what people will pay to see if it is worth it...
     
  5. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    Any opinion on Grenson trees for Grenson shoes? Would I be just as good with some generic trees?
     
  6. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    Every Alden and Allen-Edmonds shoe tree that I've seen has been a generic cedar tree with a pretty brass plate. The pictures of the Grenson trees that I've seen makes them look like fancier generic cedar trees: [​IMG] JM Weston trees are similar to the Grenson trees, only they're made from beech or some other non-cedar wood. Again, not lasted. C&J and Tricker's trees also aren't lasted: [​IMG] [​IMG] I have previously read that EG's trees are made by the same outfit that makes JL Paris trees. I don't know if they're lasted or not, but I doubt it. In fact, the only other lasted trees I've ever seen in non-bespoke shoes are in the RLPL EG shoes. There must be others (I think that Saint Crispin shoes have lasted trees, for example), but I don't know what they are. Edited to remove some strangeness in the display of the quote.
     
  7. jcusey

    jcusey Well-Known Member

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    My concern would be that Vass lasts are so distinctive that Vass trees would fit non-Vass shoes poorly. Of course, I would assume that the company could make something more generic. Assuming that the shape is appropriate, I would pay a bit more than I would for cedar trees, but I wouldn't pay anything close to what EG and JL Paris charge for their trees.
     
  8. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Well-Known Member

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    Shoe Trees I posted this a couple of weeks back. Â I just received the shoe trees and I have to say it is pretty good for $36.95. Â Very few shoe trees include a high vamp at this price point too. Â I still don't understand the need for the shoe trees to be this pricey but I found these to be the best I have brought. Â They are much lighter in color then the ones pictured on the website too. Â The ones I received is honey colored. A Harris, I think it would be great if you can import shoe trees. Â I however feel quite reluctant to pay over $25-$30 for shoe trees.
     
  9. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    Edward Green trees are made to the same last and exact size as the shoe. They _are_ worth it. You can order such a pair from them, get it along with a RLPL shoe purchase, or have shoes made with those trees. They are excellent quality trees and I submit that they are one of the few makers whose own-brand trees are worth owning.
     

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