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Shoe tree causes puckering of suede chukka boot

Liquidus

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I bought a pair of extra small Woodlore shoe trees for my 6F Loake Kemptons and they cause the shoe sides to pucker like this:
Is this a problem? Thanks.
 

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Shoe trees are designed to help a shoe keep its form. The best ones are adjustable in two directions. You have to be careful with suede as its lighter and more supple than other leathers.
It doesn´t look to bad from the pics but maybe you need to adjust the length of the tree a bit to reduce the pressure on the heel.
 

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Wouldn't boot trees be the best answer?
 

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There are shoe trees where you can adjust the length? I thought with all shoe trees you just stick it in and the length just depends on how much pressure is on the spring.

I'd rather use the same type of tree for my shoes unless these actually are harmful.
 

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IMHO They don't appear to be doing the shoe any favors. If you intend to store your shoes when your not wearing them on those trees, over a prolonged period I reckon they'll erode the natural elasticity of the suede.

They're the wrong trees for the shoes bud.
 

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I don't see the problem. If you're talking about the 'warping' around the ankle, it's because they're ankle boots and that middle part ends up bending every time you step. I think that's just normal for that type of shoe, nothing to do with your trees. unless you're talking about the heel of the tree stretching out the back side of the shoe to it's bulging out? if that's the case then the shoe trees are too big. How much pressure is there / how hard is it to get the trees in and out of the shoes?
 

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Originally Posted by Master-Classter
I don't see the problem. If you're talking about the 'warping' around the ankle, it's because they're ankle boots and that middle part ends up bending every time you step. I think that's just normal for that type of shoe, nothing to do with your trees. unless you're talking about the heel of the tree stretching out the back side of the shoe to it's bulging out? if that's the case then the shoe trees are too big. How much pressure is there / how hard is it to get the trees in and out of the shoes?

+1
 

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Originally Posted by Master-Classter
I don't see the problem. If you're talking about the 'warping' around the ankle, it's because they're ankle boots and that middle part ends up bending every time you step. I think that's just normal for that type of shoe, nothing to do with your trees. unless you're talking about the heel of the tree stretching out the back side of the shoe to it's bulging out? if that's the case then the shoe trees are too big. How much pressure is there / how hard is it to get the trees in and out of the shoes?

This. Unless your trees are lasted boot trees, you're going to get that ankle crease in any type of boot.
 

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I'm not sure how much pressure is appropriate for shoe trees, but Woodlore "small" shoe trees are designed for 7D US/6F UK, so the "extra-small" ones I'm using here should surely be fine right?
 

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Doesn't look a problem IMHO. I use trees in a pair of chukkas and find it also helps to lace them up to keep shape. Isn't your second pic showing the profile you'd normally expect?
 

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