Shoe trees are essential to the care of any pair of leather dress shoes. By filling out the interior of the shoe when they are not being worn, they help keep the shape of the leather and minimize creasing. We offer two pairs of cedar shoe trees and one pair of fully-lasted beechwood from France, our Perfecta Shoetree.
There are two basic styles of shoetrees:
– Split-Toe American Shoetrees, which are probably the most commonly-found shoetrees, at least in America, and feature a split-toe front and single-barrel spring mechanism.
– Fully-Lasted European Shoe Trees, which feature a prominent vamp and a double-barrel spring mechanism.
All of the shoetrees we offer are of the highest-specification in their respective categories. They use as much wood as possible and have well-finished, fully-rounded heels. Choosing between the three is really a matter of personal preference and, in the case of the Perfecta Shoetree from La Cordonnerie Anglaise, budget.
We offer two shoe trees in American cedarwood. Most shoe trees in the United States is made from American cedarwood because it is readily available and inexpensive. In addition, the wood is very absorbent, which allows it to wick away moisture left inside the shoe after a long day wear. However, many Europeans will argue that importance of this property of cedarwood is overstated and, in turn, prefer shoetrees made from hardwoods, such as beechwood.
Both of our cedarwood shoetrees are made in China. Because a high-degree of manual sanding is involved in their production, there is always a degree of variation between two pairs of shoetrees, even of the same size. However, the beechwood shoetree manufactured by La Cordonnerie Anglaise in France is created on a high-precision, computerized wood carving machine, so there is absolutely no variation at all between trees. The overall degree of finishing of the Perfecta Shoetree is unparalleled. Everything about this shoetree is absolutely perfect. However, at $125 a pair, the do not come cheap.
Which type of shoe tree is right for me?
The biggest functional difference between our three styles of shoe trees is with the split-toe vs. fully-lasted styles. A split-toe style shoe tree will fit a wider variety of shoes than a fully-lasted tree. The single barrel design has more play while the split-toe mechanism accommodates a wider variety of shoe widths. If you have a non-standard width shoe, I always recommend going with the split-toe ULTRA Shoe Tree.