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How do you remove shoe trees?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Elgin, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Gawd, i can't believe I have to ask, but here goes. I received a pair of nice shoes today and they arrived with shoe trees already in them. How the heck do you get them out? A shoe horn to pop the back side forward? (There are no handles or knobs or anything.)
     
  2. dj-jd

    dj-jd Senior member

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    The shoes are meant to be worn with the shoetrees inside.
     
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  3. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    The shoes are meant to be worn with the shoetrees inside.

    It is also acceptable to wear the shoes while the shoes are still in their box...this can help to prolong their life.

    - B
     
  4. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    ^ Only if you're lucky enough to get a box with your shoes.

    lefty
     
  5. Bellum

    Bellum Senior member

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    You mean you guys WEAR your shoes? I take pictures of them and put them in my shoe shrine.

    I sell the boxes to bigbris, helps offset the cost.
     
  6. randallr

    randallr Senior member

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    You have to dip them in gasoline and light them on fire. The cedar is very flammable and will burn out before the leather does.
     
  7. oshinex

    oshinex Senior member

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    You should just take some detailed pictures of them, print them on on glossy paper at your local Kinkos. And then scotch tape them to your feet.
     
  8. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    You have to dip them in gasoline and light them on fire. The cedar is very flammable and will burn out before the leather does.
    Just pull up on the back part of the tree. Even if there is no handle, there should be a lip that you can put your fingers under and pull upward. Or purchase a shoe tree extractor. You brought this on yourself. [​IMG]
     
  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Gawd, i can't believe I have to ask, but here goes. I received a pair of nice shoes today and they arrived with shoe trees already in them. How the heck do you get them out? A shoe horn to pop the back side forward? (There are no handles or knobs or anything.)

    What picture below do your trees most resemble?

    [​IMG]

    - B
     
  10. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I didn't realize there is/should be a lip.

    And to the rest of you, thanks very much for your support!
     
  11. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Thanks, I didn't realize there is/should be a lip.

    And to the rest of you, thanks very much for your support!


    Let us know when you get them out. Inquiring minds want to know, [​IMG]
     
  12. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Thanks, I didn't realize there is/should be a lip.

    And to the rest of you, thanks very much for your support!


    If the heel of your tree looks like this:

    [​IMG]

    Then yes, you pull up at the lip. As you pull, the spring compresses and helps you release the tree.


    - B
     
  13. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Yep - it does look like that, though I couldn't see it until you guys clued me in to the lip. So I'm an idiot, I admit it. The good news is that I the shoes -- AE MacNeil -- look like a million bucks.
     
  14. KObalto

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    Yep - it does look like that, though I couldn't see it until you guys clued me in to the lip. So I'm an idiot, I admit it. The good news is that I the shoes -- AE MacNeil -- look like a million bucks.
    Cool. I love my MacNeils. Classic American longwings. Shell cordovan or calfskin? What color? I've got #8 shell.
     
  15. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Calfskin. I actually really wanted the alden shells, but i tried on both last week and the two shoes, to the naked eye, are totally indistinguishable. I guess over the years there will be some difference in performance, but at literally half the price these seem good to me.

    That said, I think they're probably the nicest shoes I've ever bought, my previous purchases all being more than 5 years old and typical banana republic stuff.

    So, some advice, please, from those of you who know better. Should I add a waterproofing polish/cream/whatever to these immediately once I decide they fit perfectly, before polishing them and/or wearing them outside? Or is it bad for the shoes to add that stuff to your shoes?
     
  16. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah - calfskin black.
     
  17. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    I'm no expert, but I wouldn't touch them until they need to be polished. Waterproofed? Definitely no.
     
  18. nomos

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    I had trouble removing the shoe trees from my shoes also. So to solve the problem I drilled a hole in the hook part of the shoe trees and put a short piece of old shoe lace and tied a knot to make a loop handle.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Patek14

    Patek14 Senior member

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    I'm not sure if most SFs actually wear their shoes given all the pictures I see here...

    And OP, yes, shoe trees can be jammed in there pretty darn good. finesse that thing out!
     
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    With your teeth.
     

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