How long are cedar shoe trees good for?

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  1. Jay Gatsby

    Jay Gatsby Senior member

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    Will they ever lose their ability to soak in moisture? Can they be used indefinitely?
     


  2. Mild Mannered

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    Over time you may not smell the cedar as much but they will continue to work just fine.
    To re-invigorate the cedar you can use a 200 grit sandpaper once a year on them.
    They will out-live you and your heirs, and their heirs.
     


  3. upnorth

    upnorth Senior member

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    About 120 years.
     


  4. Cary Grant

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    As has been discussed here in the past, shoe trees do not absorb moisture (not enough to matter), contrary to popular belief and even marketing. Their purpose is simply to help retain/protect the shape of the shoe.

    Sanding the tree might refresh the odor but it's of no significant benefit to the shoe.

    Take note that high-end shoes come with trees that are even sealed/stained.

    So to answer your question: they'll outlast your shoes.
     


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    A little off topic but; I have cedar oil that came with some cedar blocks I bought. They said to put a drop of cedar oil on the blocks every three months or so. It does seem to refresh the smell a bit.
     


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    Use very fine sandpaper and buff the shoe trees once a year. You will notice the trees become "glazed" with the moisture they retain. The oil is for scent which also helps to refresh the shoe. Foot powder works also. Watch where you step!
     


  8. Cary Grant

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    Use very fine sandpaper and buff the shoe trees once a year. You will notice the trees become "glazed" with the moisture they retain.

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    nice. only SF can alert me to the fact that there needs to be a care and maintenance process for my care and maintenance process [​IMG]
     


  10. oldog/oldtrix

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    They are generally good for shoes that are about as long as the trees. Much shorter and they won't fill the shoes; much longer and they will stretch the shoes. All of this is true also for trees that are not made of cedar.
     


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    A little off topic but; I have cedar oil that came with some cedar blocks I bought. They said to put a drop of cedar oil on the blocks every three months or so. It does seem to refresh the smell a bit.

    Sanding would achieve the same thing and you dont have to buy into someones marketing BS
     


  12. Cedarville Store

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    Cedarville Store - current coupon codes!

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  13. Jay Gatsby

    Jay Gatsby Senior member

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    Cedarville Store - current coupon codes! styleforum - will take 10% off total order cvsclub55 - will take $5.00 off Epic Cedar Shoe Trees (only $19.99/pr) cvsclub44 - will take $4.00 off Washburn Cedar Shoe trees ($27.99/pr) cvsclub22 - will take $2.00 off Classic Cedar Suit Hanger freeship - Free Shipping on orders over $75.00 Great selection of Shoe S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s and CURA Shoe Care products! Regards, www.CedarvilleStore.com
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    shoe trees do not absorb moisture (not enough to matter),

    So which is it? They do or they don't? Not enough to matter? How much would that be? What amount would you say is enough to matter? Does it matter what amount? At what amount does proper absorption take place? [​IMG]
     


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    Sanding would achieve the same thing and you dont have to buy into someones marketing BS

    Well, it came with the pack of cedar blocks which only cost me a few dollars. [​IMG]
     


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