Cedar Shoe Trees, How To Avoid Creasing In Dress Shoes, And More – Q&A 14 | Kirby Allison


Hi, I’m Kirby Allison and we love helping
the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. Thanks for
all your comments and questions that you guys have posted on our YouTube channel.
After reading them all and answering as many as possible, I’ve selected five that
we’re going to feature in today’s Q&A video. Each of these individuals will
receive a complimentary pair of our sovereign grade shoelaces as a token of
our appreciation for their participation in our channel. The topic of today’s Q&A
video is going to be about a truly essential component of shoe care–shoe
trees. Remember if you have any questions or comments while you’re watching one of
our videos, please ask them in the comment section. I try to get back to as
many of these questions as possible. And of course if you have any questions
about shoe trees, this is the video to ask them in. The first question in
today’s Q&A video is from Tommy Tuber1. Thanks Tommy for your question. It reads,
“As a college student, I’ve gotten by with plastic shoe trees or stuffing newspaper.
Maybe it’s time to get a cedarwood shoe tree. Are there many benefits?” A great
question Tommy. I feel that shoe trees are one of the most essential things
that you can invest on to really take care of a pair of shoes. And the
beautiful thing about a pair of shoe trees is once you buy a pair it
really will last forever. I mean there’s very little that can go wrong or wear
out on a shoe tree, so I highly recommend investing a few extra dollars to invest
in a really high-quality wooden shoe tree that you know that you’ll be happy
with for years if not decades. So Tommy I really applaud your resourcefulness and
you know using a plastic shoe tree or newspaper is absolutely the right thing
to do if you don’t have a proper pair of cedar shoe trees because it’s better to
do something than nothing at all. Now the primary reason to use a wooden or a
cedar shoe tree is that of course the wood is much more rigid than plastic or
newspaper and it’s going to do a better job really maintaining the shape of the
shoe. The second benefit of the cedar shoe tree is its moisture wicking
capabilities, right. So cedar is a very absorbent
wood and so after you take off a pair of shoes its absorbed quite a bit of
moisture throughout the day as you perspire while you’re wearing your shoes.
So it’s important that you allow that moisture to escape the shoe and don’t
trap it in there. Now the cedar shoe trees that we sell here at The Hanger
Project are the ultra model from Woodlore. It’s a $34 95 cent shoe tree which
is actually an incredibly good price for a shoe tree of this quality. This same
shoe tree in Europe would be at least twice as expensive and what I love about
the ultra is it’s a traditional split toe shoe, right, so it’s going to fit a
wide variety of different widths. It has a very high vamp which is going to
support the forward part of the shoe. It’s got a very nice kind of deep spring
to the barrel so it’s gonna again provide that tension. And the most
important feature of the ultra shoe tree is it has a very generous and round heel,
right, that’s going to distribute the pressure evenly over the heel of the
shoe which will help maintain that shape. What I don’t like are the cedar shoe
trees that are very narrow in the back because inevitably what you have is all
that pressure pushing on a very narrow part of the back heel which can deform
or distort the shape of the back of the shoe. Tommy, great question and I totally
support investing in a few pair of high quality cedar shoe trees. You know if
you’ve just graduated college you don’t have money to purchase them for all your
shoes at once, you know it’s something that you can easily do over the course
of several months. So Tommy, great question and I look forward to sending
you a pair of our sovereign grade shoelaces. Our second question today is
from Jeremy Emilio and it reads, “How tight should shoe trees be?” So Jeremy,
great question. It’s a question that we’ve received often here at The Hanger
Project and the answer is is that you want your shoe trees to really be as
tight as possible without being so tight that you really have to force the shoe
tree with a lot of effort into the shoe. Now the reason you want your shoe trees
to be tight is again you want that tension in the spring of the barrel to
really pull that shoe tree flat to straighten all the wrinkles and creasing
out of the vamp. And so I’ll show you here I’ve got
actually three different sizes of our cedar shoe trees. I’ve got our small
which would be recommended for something smaller than a nine or a nine and a half.
I have our medium which is recommended for about a nine and a half to about
eleven. And then I have our large which is recommended for ten and half eleven
or larger. Now I wear a U.S. nine and a half shoe and so this is a pair of my
Gaziano Girling shoes and you can see there’s very little creasing across the
vamp here and the reason is because I use shoe trees. Now the purpose of the
shoe tree is after you wear a shoe all day you’re gonna take it off and it’s
gonna naturally kind of bow upwards right because you’ve been flexing the
shoe. And so the purpose of the shoe tree is to straighten that shoe flat to pull
the creasing out of the leather so that as that leather dries after you’ve worn
it, remember it’s been absorbing the perspiration of your foot throughout the
day, that those creases don’t get memorized into the leather. So it’s
important that your shoe tree exerts enough tension to straighten the shoe. So
let’s say okay so you’ve worn the shoe all day. This is the small which is
honestly too small for this shoe. So I’m putting it in here and you can see it
really just drops right into the shoe. There’s not much tension. There’s not
much compression. I can still crease the shoe right, so it’s not holding much
tension on that shoe. That shoe tree is too small, right. Now if I take the large
which is too large. For one you can see that the front forward part of the shoe
tree is too wide for the particular shoe. That’s going to be the first problem so
it’s not going to insert itself all the way in. And then second I’m having to
really compress the barrel almost a hundred percent, right. So I’ve got if you
see this fully compressed literally less than one centimeter probably half of a
centimeter of room and I really have to work hard to get that in there. Now that
shoe tree is too large. You look at a medium which is just the
right size. I like to push that shoe tree in and then I’m going to extend that
barrel and as you can see it still flexes a little bit but not much right and so this shoe tree is the perfect size. So a little trick after you insert
your shoe trees is that I always take my shoe and just flex it flat so again
that’s just helping to provide a little bit more tension to straighten that shoe
and allow that shoe tree to fully expand inside to ensure that it’s properly
seated into the shoe. Now Jeremy if you have any questions about the proper size
take a look at our sizing guide that we have on all of our shoe trees or feel
free to call customer service or send us an email. We’re more than happy to walk
you through the sizing process and as with all of our products here at The
Hanger Project if you order a pair of shoe trees from us just like with
hangers and it doesn’t fit perfectly we’re happy to exchange that totally
free of charge. Jeremy, great question and I look forward to sending you a pair of
our sovereign grade shoelaces. Our third question today is from Compnor-97 and
his question reads, “Does it matter if the shoe tree is the last of the shoe or
would a generic for the lack of a better term be okay? I’m guessing yes, but then
what exactly is the difference? Thanks.” So this is an excellent question. So there’s
several different styles of shoe trees. You know the the highest end shoe trees,
you know the highest quality that you can get is a bespoke fully lasted shoe
tree. Now what that means is that the shoe tree is literally a copy of the
last that the shoe was built around. So the shoe tree perfectly matches the
shape and the silhouette of the shoe. So this is a pair of my bespoke George
Cleverley shoes and it of course comes with a fully lasted shoe tree.
And so what you can see is that there’s no spring.
It’s normally hinged and the reason is because this last perfectly matches the
shoe. There doesn’t need to be any spring in the barrel because that’s what allows
a shoe tree to fit a range of sizes. And so the other benefit of a fully lasted
shoe tree is that whenever you insert this into the shoe you know again it’s
going to perfectly restore the shape of the shoe so you can see there’s almost
no excess. It’s coming all the way up the vamp of the shoe. Super high-quality
shoe tree. If you ever buy a pair of bespoke shoes, you would never not
get the fully lasted bespoke shoe trees. Now of course a bespoke pair of shoe
trees is going to run you several hundred dollars. You know at John Lobb
Saint James they can cost as much as a thousand dollars for a bespoke pair of
shoe trees so you know you’re only gonna get those in bespoke shoes but it’s
worth the investment if you’re spending several thousand dollars on a pair of
shoes a few hundred dollars on a pair of shoe trees would be you know penny wise
and pound foolish not to buy. Now the next level of shoe tree is something
that’s called a fully lasted shoe tree but it’s not a bespoke shoe tree. And a
great example is the Gaziano & Girling shoe tree that actually came with these
shoes. Now what that means is that this shoe tree is developed off of the last
that this shoe was organized around but they come in a variety of sizes so
there’s a little bit of variation and fit. Normally a fully lasted shoe tree is
going to be made one size of shoe tree for every size that a shoe comes in or
every size and a half to two sizes. And so you can see there’s still a little
bit of spring in this barrel but there’s a lot of shape to the shoe tree and it
really again it has that square toe that you see with a pair of Gazianos.
A high vamp. Great shoe tree. A shoe tree like this is going to run you about $150.
Now coincidentally we have a range of shoe trees that we sell here at The
Hanger Project that are developed by the same company in North Hampton that makes
Gaziano shoe tree and it’s really designed too much in the same way.
It’s a much more full shoe tree similar to this double-barrel. You know nice you
know round heel. Beautiful finish. And so if you want this look but you know don’t
have a pair of Gaziano shoes, then the shoe trees we have are incredible
options. So the next level of shoe tree is our traditional cedar split toe shoe
tree. Now honestly the majority of shoe trees I use in my closet is this ultra
shoe tree. It’s a split toe cedar shoe tree. For $34.95 it’s an incredible value
compared to the hundred fifty dollars you would spend for something like this.
And functionally it’s gonna work just as well as a fully lasted shoe tree. I mean
almost almost just as well. And the benefit of a split toe and the long
single barrel is just that it simply allows this shoe tree to fit a wider
variety of shoes. I mean since it wasn’t made for a particular shoe you know it’s
got to be able to fit a variety of widths, which is what the split toe
allows, and it’s got to be able to fit a variety of sizes or at least a range of
size and that’s what the single barrel does. And then after this you know would
be your traditional cedar shoe tree. It doesn’t have a split toe. It probably has
a more narrow heel. And you know it’s a great shoe tree if that’s all that you
can come by, but the cost difference between that and something like this you
know really top-of-the-line cedar shoe tree that we carry is really less than
ten or fifteen dollars and so it’s my recommendation that you just invest a
little bit of extra money and get something that you’re gonna be happy
with and that’s gonna take great care of your shoes for many many years. So
great question. I hope that explains kind of the difference of the spectrum of
shoe trees all the way from your bespoke fully lasted shoe tree all the way down
to your traditional just kind of generic cedar shoe tree that you might find at a
department store. And I look forward to sending you a pair of our seven grade
shoelaces. Our fourth question today is from John Alven and it reads, “There are a
lot of different kinds of shoe trees on the market and some most likely are not
as good as others. What models do you prefer, why do
you prefer them and are there any kinds of shoe trees that you would stay away
from? Thanks!” Great question, John. So you’re right.
There’s a lot of different shoe trees in the market we just explained kind of the
full variation in the last question. The only thing we probably didn’t mention
were plastic shoe trees which are great for travel because they’re lightweight,
but aren’t something that I would recommend for long-term storage. And so
in all honesty my favorite shoe tree isn’t the most expensive one we sell
here at The Hanger Project. My favorite shoe tree again is just this simple
cedar ultra shoe tree. I mean it’s everything that a shoe tree needs to be.
It’s affordable. It’s going to have offer all the support that you need for a pair
of shoes. Now if you want to invest in a more expensive pair of shoe trees
because you can or because you like the aesthetic of the higher level of finish
and kind of the more fully lasted look, by all means. I mean they are better shoe
trees, but this ultra shoe tree right here offers you everything that you need
in a proper shoe tree. So John, you know the type of shoe trees that I would
generally stay away from are either plastic shoe trees or shoe trees
without a split toe and a very narrow back of the heel. You know those
are the two types of shoe trees that I would absolutely avoid. Great question
and I look forward to sending you a pair of our sovereign grade shoelaces. Our last
question today is from Nick Mariano and it reads, “I have cap toe creasing on
several well fitting shoes. How can I avoid this?” So a great question, Nick. So
depending on where the crease is occurring, it could be for several
reasons. So this is an Allen Edmonds cap toe with a semi brogue and as you can
see all shoes are going to flex at the ball of the foot. Now if this cap is too
far back, right, it’s designed incorrectly or if it
doesn’t fit correctly you can end up with creasing across the cap of the toe.
Now that shouldn’t be happening because traditionally this area is hard
countered and what that means is that there’s a stiff piece of leather
that reinforces the cap of the shoe so that it doesn’t crease, but depending on
how it fits and how it was designed you can end up with creasing
into the cap toe. If that’s the case there’s really little that you can do to
prevent that creasing. It can become annoying because for instance if you
have a nice mirror shine but then the cap is flexing those hard waxes are
gonna crack and so the only thing that you can do is really just pull that
mirror shine forward ahead of that crease point. Now if you end up with
creasing across the vamp of a shoe like what you have right here, shoe trees can
help resolve that problem. And it’s not that it’s going to be that it prevents
creasing from occurring, it’s just that a shoe pair of shoe trees are just going
to help minimize the appearance of that crease because after you wear them
you’re gonna stretch that leather back straight and it’s gonna prevent those
creases from permanently forming across the vamp. And of course you know any
conditioning of the leather or polishing anything that’s going to nourish and
condition the leather itself and keeping it soft and supple will help minimize
those creases by just ensuring that that leather is soft supple and is able to be
stretched back straight. Nick, great question. We’d love to see these shoes
that you’re speaking about so if you want to snap a photograph of them and
post them on instagram and tag us we’d love to check those out. Thank you for
your question I look forward to sending you a pair of our sovereign grade
shoelaces. Now once again I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for
their comments and questions. It’s your engagement on our YouTube channel that
make these Q&A videos possible. It allows us to take a moment to acknowledge my
appreciation for everyone’s involvement in this channel. I’ve absolutely enjoyed
this platform, especially how it’s allowed me to connect with you guys and
directly interact with you and answer your questions. And remember if you
haven’t taken an opportunity to ask a question or make any comments, I invite
you to do so. Even if you don’t have any questions to
ask, just sharing your opinion or your thoughts about our content helps me make
better videos. I read all those questions and comments personally and really do
enjoy getting back to as many of them as possible.
In today’s video I’m wearing one of the first suits that I’ve had Chris Despos
make me. It’s a bespoke suit in a dark charcoal with a really fine
herringbone pattern. This is one of my favorite suits. I’ve gotten so much
mileage out of it and for someone that’s looking to develop a wardrobe this would
actually be one of the first pieces I’d recommend they start with. It’s
incredibly versatile. I could wear during the day, at night, to a wedding, to a funeral.
There’s a very few occasions where this suit wouldn’t be perfectly appropriate.
It has a notched lapel and with the working buttonhole and behind the lapel
you can see that it has a loop for a flower, working buttonholes, tab trousers
with a single standard pleat and uncuffed trousers with a slight break
which create a more formal look. Now the jacket has besim pockets and today I’m
actually tucking the flap into the pocket to just give the jacket a more
sleek formal look. I’m wearing my signature white charvet shirt but today it
has French cuffs with gold cufflinks that my wife gave to me as a gift. The
tie I’m wearing today is a Kirby Allison sovereign grade tie that is a burgundy
Macclesfield. I’m wearing a pair of burgundy silk socks that we offer here
at The Hanger Project with a double pin stripe. Absolutely beautiful pair of
socks and what I love about silk socks is their slight sheen. Perfect for more
formal ensembles. My pocket square is a silk pocket square from Kent Wang and
then my bespoke George Cleverley seamless whole cut shoes which are really quite
miraculous. It is a very special shoe made entirely from one piece of leather.
There’s not a single seam on the shoe including the heel. And the semi brogue
design that you see is actually punched into the upper, they aren’t separate
pattern pieces. So beautiful pair of shoes. A shoe that you’ll really only
find bespoke from someone like George Cleverley. I have my gold Calatrava
Patek Philippe watch and one of my favorite pins the Watermen gold and
black Lalique elegance. And today I’m wearing our new 18 karat gold sovereign
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74 Comments

  • Damn! Nice shoes. I've always thought that wholecuts look a bit weird on account of the line where the laces go (I can't remember the correct term) just terminates in the middle of the leather. The brogueing hides this very nicely.

  • Hi Kirby,

    I've recently bought a pair of C&J in g width and all of my usual shoe trees fail to fill the shoe. They fit perfectly in thengh but not in width. I couldnt find a g width shoe tree on the market and C&J do not sell lasted shoe trees. Do you know if g width shoe trees exist or maybe you have a method to artificially widen a regular one?

    Best,
    Jeremy

  • Great video as always. I have about 6 pairs of standard Jos a Banks cedar shoe trees, no split toes. I was lucky to pick them up on a crazy deal years back when they were sub $10 each. My question is would it make sense to slowly upgrade those shoe trees to the split-toe shoe trees you recommended?

  • Hi Kirby,
    I recently read that occasionally sanding cedar shoe trees will refresh some of the desirable qualities of the cedar. Would you recommend sanding a shoe tree?

  • Hi Kirby, I have two questions. Firstly, is it recommended to leave shoe trees in the shoe permanently when not being worn?
    Secondly, I wear, I own a lot of boots. I find boot trees very hard to come by and when I do find them (usually when I travel through Europe) they are very expensive. Do you think it ok to use standard shoe trees in boots until such time as they can be replaced with full boot trees? Best regards

  • paytek phillipe watch … hot damn! … also i LOVE those shoes!!

  • another pair of shoe trees i would stay away from are varnished trees. it is said that the varnish prevents the wood from absorbing moisture

  • Hi Kirby, quick question I’ve see a lot of people using shoes trees for their boots, should they use boot tree instead?

  • Hey Kirby,
    How would you go about removing a cream polish + wax. For example, I applied a darker brown cream to a mid brown shoe. I'm not entirely sure I like the end result. How would I go about safely recovering the initial finish (i.e. remove the polish)?

  • What about using shoe trees made for another pair of shoes and has been heavily used? In the case that it has belonged to someone else, is it wise to use it? could it be a source of viruses, fungus and bacteria?

  • You mentioned that you don't like the shoe trees with narrow backs but don't the Cleverley shoe trees have rather narrow backs?

  • Purchased my first, roughly $40 pair of cedar shoe trees in Asia, and I thought they were pretty decent. But now I'm thankfully and regrettably seeing all the major differences that make them pale in comparison to the ones shown in the vid. Just shows that a higher price tag doesn't always equate to better quality. Will snatch a few of these shoe trees once I'm back home in the States.

  • Hi Kirby, great video! I have a few pairs of Allen Edmonds shoes as well as your fantastic Ultra shoe trees. What is the difference between the Ultra shoe trees and the Allen Edmonds full toe shoe trees and would the full toe shoe trees from Allen Edmonds fit non AE shoes even though there is no split toe on the AE full toe shoe trees?

  • Mr. Allison can and should use shoe tree on soft leather lile divers and moccasins shoes?

  • How do you polish a shoe that is either hand-painted or has a color gradient, for example a darker tone towards the back and the toes? Should you use polish in the lightest color of the shoe, multiple colors or even black on none black shoes to reapply the darker tone?

  • Off-topic: What do you think of on-seam trouser pockets? Do you prefer jetted ones?

  • You're back at your office! How did you like Montana?

  • Kirby, your content is one of the best on youtube. I think you have a lot of passion for your topics and you come across as an absolute expert. For those of you who really want to learn how to take care of your wordrobe, there is no better place.

  • Kirby,
    Did you ever get your cowboy boots from the fitting about 6 miss ago?…I watched the fitting video last week but can't find the finished boots
    -Ryan

  • Wow my comment was featured. Thanks!

  • Lasted shoe trees really are the cream of the crop. I can't speak about shoe trees from bespoke makers, however I own a few pairs of St Crispin's MTM and for 1/3 of the cost of bespoke you can get a lasted shoe tree with many features of bespoke.

  • Hi Kirby, a very informative and great video. But I do have a question from personal experience. I own a few pairs of shoe trees. When I bought them, the salesmen said that I shouldn’t leave them in my shoes too long. My shoes would get flat he said. Is this true, or can you store the shoes you don’t often wear with shoe trees in them? Because I think the purpose of the shoe trees is to not let your shoes bend. Hope to hear from you.

  • 💜 Awesome, thanks for this! ✌ 💜

  • Can you do a review of amiral gloss?

  • May I ask what shoes are you wearing at the end of the video? I love it!

  • You stated the name of the shoes at the end sorry!

  • Would you recommend using shoe trees on leather "dress" sneakers?

  • How long is too long to leave a shoe tree inside of a shoe?

  • I purchased a size 7 Derby and also ordered a double barrelled cedar wood shoe tree which had a stamp saying it was meant for 41/42 size. But when I tried inserting them I found that they were a tad too tight .. Is this normal and will they start going in easily after some time of wearing the shoes

  • Dear Kirby,

    Thanks for such a great video. On a side yet related note, what is the best product to moisturise and nourish a shoe's lining and interior to prevent tearing and damage from perspiration?

    Thanks again!

  • Very nice video. Informative

  • Hi Kirby! Thanks for the video – super helpful for beginner shoe nerds like myself. I wanted to ask your opinion on using regular shoe trees (like the $36 cedar one) for boots as well? Ankle boots and knee high boots. Do you think they should work just fine or is it crucial for boots to use boots-specific shoe trees? They’re much more expensive it seems (on your site at least). Thanks so much!

  • Kirby, excellent information and polished presentation! The one question I had been searching for an answer is: what is the difference between the double barrel with adjustable side and a single barrel with split toe. You address the latter but not the former. Thanks!

  • After watching the video, I knew that I just ended up with a larger pair of shoe trees for my shoes. These shoe trees still fit, though, just take more time to get in the shoes.
    But this pair of shoe trees is expensive and I cant return it, so my question is: will they cause huge damage to my shoes in the long run? Thanks.

  • Kirby, thank you. You've answered all of the questions that I had regarding shoe trees. I'll be replacing my shoe trees which are obviously to large. Thanks.

  • Dear, kirby allison I am a 12 year old who loves fine shoes. I'm just asking if you can buy leather lotion and then cover the entire outide of the shoe with leather lotion and leave it in a bag or cold container. After then leave the lotion on it for a couple of days applying more lotion and the shoe's wrinkles would go away if you put a shoe tree in it?

  • Hi Kirby, first time commenting. If I buy a split toe or a combination with a side spring contour tree, will the spring wear down over time and/or will the gap in the wood ever deform the leather? Thank you.

  • Hi Kirby, how about dress boots? should I use the same shoe trees? I did not see many for boots on the market.

  • Thanks for all the info Kirby. My question is that if the Ceder shoe tree absorbs moisture, is it necessary to put it out in the sun every once a while so that it can loose that moisture?

  • Hi Kirby – please check your LinkedIn mailbox – thanks!

  • I recently (a few days ago) found and started to watch your videos and have made made a purchase. I acquired a few pairs (LaSalle, Delray, etc) of Allen Edwards shoes and was interested in "bringing them back to life". Your videos are very informative.

  • I have a couple old pairs of leather children's shoes. They have sagged a bit and I was wondering if there was a shoe tree for these, quite small, shoes to give them some shape back? I also have an old pair of leather skates and was wondering about shoe trees for taller shoes like a skate or boot? Thanks!

  • You play this song on a lot of videos, Kirby. I must know who plays it!

  • Yes i agree Kirby your videos are simply excellent as is your personal style
    I really enjoy learning from you
    All the very best

  • Hi Kirby Allison, how long can I leave the shoe tree inside the shoe? Can I store the shoe with the shoe tree inside? Will it stretch out the shoe?

  • I think is too late to ask.. but I just bought a new pair of Dean Chelsea boots from Paul Evans. Im having a lot of troubles finding information about boot trees and there are only a few companies that sell it, the price is almost as twice. I ended up using a regular shoe trees for my boots. I wonder if I should take a boot trees instead. Nice videos !

  • $1000 dollars for a shoe tree 😂😂😂😂😂

  • What shoe could I buy of the quality if these shoes. Thank you.

  • Should I tie my shoes when the tree is in the shoe? Also should I shine my shoes with the tree inserted?

  • Once again great content Kirby, can u please explain how to mend nicks and minor cuts from leather sole as one of my fav shoe recently got nick and a fine cut on the sole. Thanks

  • Hi Kirby, thank you for the great video

  • Do they have to have that spring? Shoe trees I see in local store are sold by size and don't have that spring in. Are they gonna do the job? They are cedar though.

  • Kirby,
    Firstly, love the channel. Secondly, you should check out the shoe trees over at Trimly.com.au Fantasic cedar trees out of Australia! 👌

  • Hello Kirby,
    Hope that all is well.

    I have collected a good amount of shoes by now, and I was wondering: do you need a pair of shoe trees for each pair or can you have three or four, put them on when you're done using the shoes and, some days after, put them in another pair you've worn?

    Thank you in advance 🙂
    Duarte BC

  • "…double the price in Europe" I love your content Kirby, but this is simply not true. I live in Britain and have lived in France, Greece, Germany and Cyprus. The price of very high end shoe trees is about $40 in all these countries in-store, and from distributors of shoe trees (rather than shoe stores) you can get cedar shoe trees with split toe and everything for about $20.

  • You are very well spoken, thank you. I didn't realise that one could tuck-in the flap of one's jacket, thank you for that. M.

  • Hanger Project cider trees cost 35 bucks and the similar set at my local store goes for 120! 100%happy with the Hanger set. I ordered the XL and they fit my size 12 wide Allen Edmund shoes perfectly.

  • Kirby you mention the waterman pen. You have got to be familiar with Mont Blanc pens…any thoughts?

  • Hi Kirby, when inserting shoe trees in shoe. Do you let the front split or do you bring it together before sticking it in?

  • Hi Kirby, I'm in the stage of getting into dress boots. Hence, I would need boot trees. Where do you recommend to get some 3 part boot trees?

    Kind Regards,
    Wilson

  • Some shoe trees are just as beautiful as the shoes

  • Question! Is it possible to leave shoe trees in for too long? I have a pair of wholecuts i wear once a year.. is that too long to leave shoe trees in?

  • Pretty sure they use Vibranium shoe trees in Wakanda for their "sneakers"

  • If I am a teacher, poor and old, what shoes should I buy and how should I maintain them so they can last for ages? Greetings from Mexico City, Mexico!

  • Kirby, the purpose of the shoe tree is also to lessen the upward curve of the sole. The sole provides less support if it is allowed to curve upward. In such a situation the arch of the foot is less supported.

  • it wouldn`t be twice as expensive in Europe, I just bought 2 pairs for £20 each, exactly the same as yours

  • I'm staring at the Goyard suitcase

  • I am LOVING your videos.

  • Just bought a pair of chukka boots. Do I insert the shoe trees before or after tying the laces? Or is it fine to leave them unlaced with the shoe trees inserted?

  • Thanks for the video ! I thought that the the entire say…almost half of the front of the shoe needed to be fully filled in to help smoothen out the creasing because I notice in my shoe's there was some room near the creasing. I noticed you said it has to basically flatten and straighten it out rather then fill out, is this correct?

  • BEXLEY PARIS sells great cedar split toe shoe trees for 15 dollars a piece if you buy five. I use them for all my high-end shoes.

  • Great info, but the presentation is stellar.

  • Kirby I’m in my sixties and it’s a pleasure to see a well mannered young man such as yourself. Your professionalism and passion is to be admired. Best to you , your family and the hanger project.

  • What's better? varnished or unvarnished shoe trees?

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