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Shoe trees

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HitMan009, Apr 30, 2004.

  1. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Senior Member

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    Hey Everyone, I could have sworn I saw a topic on shoe trees before on this forum but I can't for the life of me find the thread. I am looking for some nice cedar shoe trees and stumbled upon this site. http://www.dunkelman.com/result.....20trees I like the 647 shoe tree. It has support for the whole shoe. If I remember correctly, someone mentioned that paying more then $10 for shoe trees is crazy. I wanted to know if the shoe trees without a full heel is even worth purchasing. Where would I find shoe trees such as the one I mentioned above or something to that effect for a good price. I would prefer at least a pair of trees with a full vamp like the the Washburn model pictured here. http://shoeshineexpress.com/tree.asp My last inquiry would be trees for boots.... Can I use a trees made for shoes in boots. I tried to fit a shoe tree into my boots only to find it doesn't fully fill the entire toe and vamp of the shoe. It seems to defeat the purpose of shoe trees except for the part of absorbing the excess moisture. Thanks in Advance......
     


  2. Kai

    Kai Distinguished Member

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    Get trees with full heels. In particular, make sure that the heels are nicely rounded. Some shoe trees have heels that are pointy and sharp. Over time, they will deform your heel counters.

    Cedar is the best material.
     


  3. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    For a full shoe tree you're going to spend more than $10. You'll find them for $22 and up. I have a pair of the Rochester trees, mine look like the Woodard model at your link, which I like quite well. Rochester makes shoe trees for Alden.

    The other main shoe tree company in the US is Woodlore, which is owned by Allen Edmonds, and, of course, makes trees for AE. I'd say you would do fine with either.

    Most of my shoe trees are cedar Rochesters without a full heel. I picked them up for $10 and less at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. From now on I'll buy full shoe trees, but a shoe tree without a full heel is better than no shoe tree at all.
     


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    Try these shoe trees from Bexley: http://bexley.com/frame_embauchoir_e.html They give a volume discount, I bought 10 pair when the Euro was weaker; hey ended up close to $12 each. Seem to quite similiar to the ones listed above. Teo
     


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    Dunkelman & Son makes great shoe trees. Expensive though. They are distributed thru Alden (they also make Aldens' shoe care products and genuine horn shoe horns) and Vogel in NYC. The cedar trees with Aldens nameplate might very well be Rochester, but the hardwood trees are from Dunkelman. I have the birch 640 tree and think it is better than the cedar Woodlore or Rochester trees I have. BTW, the split front trees are technically for mocassins, as the pressure is side-to-side and therefore will not pressure the unconstructed toe while full trees are for shoes. Boot trees are available for boots and feature a higher/sculpted vamp. As AlanC said, you can find seconds of both Woodlore and Rochester thru the discount outlets at 10$ or less. However, you can expect to pay 25$ plus for a first quality, full tree from either, and 45$ plus for Dunkelmans'. Next time you purchase a nice shoe at a full service store, ask for a free tree - you'll probably get it.
     


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    A Harris Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Very interesting link. From the look of those trees, I'd say that Dunkleman probably makes the trees for a number of high end brands.
     


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    I find Johnston & Murphy makes a fine pair with full heels and chrome knobs. You can pick them up at their outlet stores for $19.95.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I was one person that said you would be crazy to pay more than $10 for certain trees, those being the standard cedar split-front barely-differentiated-L-to-R single-cheap-tube rawhide-loop non-full-heel type I got at Marshalls. For these nicer ones I would expect to pay much more but with that volume discount they actually sound pretty reasonable.
     


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    Are shoe trees as important in shoes such as running shoes, ski boots, or boat shoes?

    I realise this question (especially the part about running shoes) seems stupid, but if any shoe gets sweaty and distressed, surely sports shoes would, and would thus benefit from the moisture absorbtion and shaping of shoe trees.

    Or not? I don't use trees in my sports shoes currently, but I've always wondered....
     


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    Thank You for all your responses to my inquiry.  I have a question now.... Since Brooks Brothers has 25% off right now, I was thinking of picking up a couple of their shoe trees.  Any comments on them?  They seem to be made by Rochester.

    Thanks Again
     


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