Quick Shoe Care / Shoe Storage Question

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  1. Nico Samuel Pleninsek

    Nico Samuel Pleninsek Senior member

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    When storing a pair of shoes for say six months before you wear them again, is it advisable to leave the shoe trees in the entire time?

    And my second questions is should I invest in a pair of boot trees for a pair of Chelsea Boots, or will my shoe trees be suffice? Will a boot tree help with the creases towards the top of the boot? Or is the function of a shoe tree really only for the toe box?

    Thanks I appreciate the help a ton,

    Nico
     
  2. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    I typically leave the shoe trees in (I have some shoes which I just don't wear for months, even though I'm not necessarily storing them). But, once the shoe is completely dry, I would guess that it doesn't matter too much. Some of the shoe care hardliners here will disagree, I'm sure.

    I don't use boot trees at all, though I might if I found a cheap source. If I did, chelseas would be the last boot to put trees in, because I would not want the gore panel to be on any constant stretch.
     
  3. Nico Samuel Pleninsek

    Nico Samuel Pleninsek Senior member

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    Do others agree that one shouldn't use "boot trees" for chelsea boots, but rather regular shoe trees?
     
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    Nico Samuel Pleninsek Senior member

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    Did you ever find out the answer? I am planning on getting a few ankle boots but I never heard of using trees for boots (then again, I'm a shoe newbie). For jodphurs, should I use trees?
     
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    I have chukkas and high boots, not chelseas; however, I keep regular shoe trees in them. My high boots haven't been worn since early March and they look fine.
     
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    I use the AE/Woodlore boot trees with my BM chelseas - I don't really think they put any significant stretch on the gore panel, but then, they're not very high and the only real difference in the boot tree is the the instep height.
     
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    I use regular shoe trees in my chelsea boots. They seem to work just fine for me; I've never really considered getting boot trees for them.
     
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    I typically leave the shoe trees in (I have some shoes which I just don't wear for months, even though I'm not necessarily storing them). But, once the shoe is completely dry, I would guess that it doesn't matter too much. Some of the shoe care hardliners here will disagree, I'm sure.

    I have a pair of solid cedar shoe trees (look like a last). They have to be removed, because the cedarwood is storing the humity and then is getting green (moldy). So if there are solid trees, put them in for some hours and then remove.

    All other trees can remain for month.

    Before storing use cream.
     
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    I find the high vamp of the boot trees actually interferes with their doing what they're supposed to.
     
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    I currenlty have more shoes then trees, can I assume is is okay, to rotate the tree's out of shoes that have been sitting for few days? I just bought 7 ST's of the bay, so I won't be in this spot for long.
     
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    Better that than nothing--take them out of the shoes that have been sitting on trees the longest.
     

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