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Best mass-produced shoe tree?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kronik, May 27, 2006.

  1. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    So, I purchased like 6 pairs of Rochesters.. all are in use, and none of them seem to press against the vamp at all. I just purchased some Jermyn II and John Lobb shoe trees - what shoe trees, that are readily available, press in all areas?

    Price is not an issue.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    So, I purchased like 6 pairs of Rochesters.. all are in use, and none of them seem to press against the vamp at all. I just purchased some Jermyn II and John Lobb shoe trees - what shoe trees, that are readily available, press in all areas?

    Price is not an issue.

    Thanks.


    Check out Bexley's. They are working well for me in some EG's and C&J's.

    http://www.bexley.com/Bexley/index.a...BEXLEY&lang=EN
     
  3. UR003

    UR003 Active Member

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    La Cordonnerie Anglaise (LCA) and Dunkelman are similar in construction as Bexley, only the wood used is of better quality. The shape of the heel may differ a bit too. These trees would set you back about 60-65 US $.
     
  4. 16520Man

    16520Man Senior member

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    I second the vote for Bexley's:

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  5. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    If price is not an issue (OP's own quote), get the last-specific trees for the shoes in question.

    Otherwise, I like Cathcart-Elliot trees which are available on eBay from shoe-trees. I've bought about 6 pairs from him and the ones I buy look similar to the Bexley's posted above, except with a knob on the heel portion. I think he calls them "Premium Cedar Trees". Good prices too.

    He also sells cheaper ones, but I don't think they'd provide enough support.
     
  6. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    If price is not an issue (OP's own quote), get the last-specific trees for the shoes in question.

    Otherwise, I like Cathcart-Elliot trees which are available on eBay from shoe-trees. I've bought about 6 pairs from him and the ones I buy look similar to the Bexley's posted above, except with a knob on the heel portion. I think he calls them "Premium Cedar Trees". Good prices too.

    He also sells cheaper ones, but I don't think they'd provide enough support.


    That's where I did where applicable (read: EG Mackays, Jermyn IIs) but some pairs.. the Barker Blacks.. Gucci loafers.. don't come with shoe trees for whatever reason - something I've learned in regards to well-made vs. stylish shoes.
     
  7. 16520Man

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    That's where I did where applicable (read: EG Mackays, Jermyn IIs) but some pairs.. the Barker Blacks.. Gucci loafers.. don't come with shoe trees for whatever reason - something I've learned in regards to well-made vs. stylish shoes.

    Actually BB makes a last-specific tree in...black.
     
  8. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    What the fookle - they didn't have it at Saks.
     
  9. Sator Sartoris

    Sator Sartoris Well-Known Member

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    For the Bexley's if I wear a 9 EEE should I go to 9.5?
     
  10. morsem

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    Actually, I have found the Rochester "Washburn" model to be the best tree so far. It is about $35, but you can sometimes get a discount for $10 off at shoebuy.com...

    It is a solid toe, high vamp, shoe tree. It is not hollow, so it is no good for travel but I find that it fills my shoes completely and is very contoured. It has a full heel which I also like. Additionally, it is cedar which is believed by many on the forum to be superior to varnished wood, if it isn't prettier...

    Anyway, my two cents.

    http://www.shoebuy.com/sb/s.jsp/r_ss...16/sbstl_37116
     
  11. chorse123

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    This isn't really an answer to the original post, but Grapevinehill has the Woodlore ultra trees for $19.50. I think that's a fantastic price.
     
  12. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I have no experience with Bexley but so far, my best trees have been Grapevinehill's "ultra' shoe trees. Best value for money IMO
     
  13. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This isn't really an answer to the original post, but Grapevinehill has the Woodlore ultra trees for $19.50. I think that's a fantastic price.

    I have a local cobbler who gets them for me for $17.00, no tax. Let me know if you'd like some, I can order them from him and we can meet or messenger the trees over.
     
  14. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    This isn't really an answer to the original post, but Grapevinehill has the Woodlore ultra trees for $19.50. I think that's a fantastic price.

    wow - chorse123 - we think alike ! [​IMG]

    PS: hope you guys got home OK on Sunday under the pouring rain... Zach was nice enough to give all of us a ride... It was good meeting/seeing you guys
     
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    I have a local cobbler who gets them for me for $17.00, no tax. Let me know if you'd like some, I can order them from him and we can meet or messenger the trees over.

    Argh! Thanks, Ed. I just bought a few so don't need any for the time being, but will keep that in mind.

    Got home fine on Sunday thanks to a few $3 street umbrellas. I love New York!
     
  16. pinchi22

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    Should shoes always be kept in cedar shoes trees, or is it enough to do so for a couple of days (and then rotate)?

    Regards,

    Steve
     
  17. acidboy

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    i believe it is best to keep them in.
     
  18. nmertaugh

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    Might anyone have any advice on using shoe trees for a pair of patent opera pumps? It seems that one's typical tree has a toe too pointed for a pump. Too, a pump has so little leather about the toe that it would seem logical to employ a tree expressly designed for this unusual architecture. Do special trees exist for pumps or loafers?

    Many thanks to any who might be of assistance.
     
  19. TCN

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    Might anyone have any advice on using shoe trees for a pair of patent opera pumps? It seems that one's typical tree has a toe too pointed for a pump. Too, a pump has so little leather about the toe that it would seem logical to employ a tree expressly designed for this unusual architecture. Do special trees exist for pumps or loafers?

    Many thanks to any who might be of assistance.


    I use the Woodlore Ultras for most of my shoes, but I find that the J&M's (Washburn) posted above work well for my higher vamp loafers, and my more robust pair of pumps (AE "Ritz" in calf) but not my "slippery" pumps (Polo).
     
  20. nmertaugh

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    Yes, the AE Ritz are more robust indeed; I can see how they would take a tree nicely. I am concerned with a pair of Peal & Co. pumps that have a considerably more anemic toe. What do you use for your Polo pumps? I have not seen them but a imagine they may be more akin to the Peal & Co. than to the Allen Edmonds.
     

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