Best mass-produced shoe tree?

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  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.
     


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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

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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 $.
     


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    I second the vote for Bexley's:

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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.
     


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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.
     


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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.
     


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


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


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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
     


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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.
     


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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
     


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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.
     


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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!
     


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