Menswear: Shoes and Boots thread


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Dee
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11591 posts since 22/11/07

12 May 2020 18:59
They're ok but don't last as long as vibram
illwill
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4032 posts since 17/5/04

posted 22 May 2020 13:15, edited 22 May 2020 13:15
I have a couple of pairs of Red Wings that fit perfectly in all ways other than "depth".

It appears I have rather shallow feet which means I have to do the laces up real tight and spoils the looks somewhat.

Would tongue pads remedy this? Any recommendations?
Blofeld
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209 posts since 30/12/15

22 May 2020 13:17
extra insoles or padded socks is all I can think of!
spanky
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126 posts since 4/3/06

23 May 2020 02:49
yeah seems like some thick insoles would solve the problem without too much hassle. win win too? more comfort
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

23 May 2020 08:21
illwill wrote: Would tongue pads remedy this? Any recommendations?

I have a pair of boots that are a half size or so too big and my feet rattled around in. Stuck a pair of Sole Softec Ultra insoles in (as they were what my hiking boots came with) and now they fit great. Quite pricey but really comfortable. From memory they do slimmer versions too.
illwill
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4032 posts since 17/5/04

23 May 2020 09:38
Great shout guys.

Sizing is fine around the toes so a half-insole to raise the top of my foot a little might do the trick.
abagnale
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779 posts since 6/1/14

posted 3 Jun 2020 12:22, edited 3 Jun 2020 12:22
Are cheap plastic shoe trees good or bad for shoes/boots/sneakers?

I've never used shoe trees and just want something to help make my shoes look tidier on display and help keep the shape. But I will need quite a lot.

Anyone have any experience with something like this? Am I better off not using them at all?


Rirawin
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9363 posts since 17/7/05

posted 3 Jun 2020 12:33, edited 3 Jun 2020 12:33
Better with wooden cedar shoe trees for leather boots and shoes as the wood absorbs any moisture.
sssssteven
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36 posts since 14/3/19

7 Jun 2020 19:37
Shockers Eek

Rez
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8253 posts since 5/4/09

7 Jun 2020 20:01
Are those diemme? Laughing out loud
sssssteven
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36 posts since 14/3/19

7 Jun 2020 20:28
Rez wrote: Are those diemme? Laughing out loud

Aye, just realised they might be a female model but still.
Scottishmark
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623 posts since 25/1/11

7 Jun 2020 21:58
abagnale wrote: Are cheap plastic shoe trees good or bad for shoes/boots/sneakers?

I've never used shoe trees and just want something to help make my shoes look tidier on display and help keep the shape. But I will need quite a lot.

Anyone have any experience with something like this? Am I better off not using them at all?


They’re not going to do any harm*. They’ll help your shoes keep their shape - particularly across the vamp. As another poster has already said you lose the moister wicking benefit by using plastic over cedar wood but if you’re not wearing the same shoes every day that’s not a huge issue.

If price is a concern you can get cheap-ish cedar wood shoe tress from CT (https://www.ctshirts.com/uk/adjustable-shoe-tree/SHA0004NON.html). They’re no better nor worse than branded shoe trees from Alden or the likes. And if you don’t like the CT branding on the brass plate - which I don’t - it’s literally just painted on and comes off with a cloth and a bit of nail polish remover. Then you’ve got decent unbranded cedar wood shoe tress for £20.

*but watch when you’re putting them in (or if they’re a tight fit). Plastic shoe trees tend to be cheap. And that means they’re often poorly finished. So the edges of the plastic can be sharpish and can dig into/damage the insole near the toe on the inside of the shoes. I’ve had it happen before.
sssssteven
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36 posts since 14/3/19

7 Jun 2020 22:48
Scottishmark wrote: If price is a concern you can get cheap-ish cedar wood shoe tress from CT (https://www.ctshirts.com/uk/adjustable-shoe-tree/SHA0004NON.html). They’re no better nor worse than branded shoe trees from Alden or the likes. And if you don’t like the CT branding on the brass plate - which I don’t - it’s literally just painted on and comes off with a cloth and a bit of nail polish remover. Then you’ve got decent unbranded cedar wood shoe tress for £20.

Thank you! I've been looking for reasonably-priced cedar trees for my proper boots for ages. Any idea what their S/M/L sizing equates to in shoe sizes? Will drop them an email if you don't know. Cheers for the tip!
MLI
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5173 posts since 6/10/09

posted 7 Jun 2020 23:56, edited 7 Jun 2020 23:56
I use plastic on sneakers and trashed boots. I have cedar for my propper shoes.

I spray sneakers with Fabreeze after each wear too but let the cedar do the work on shoes. I think Fabreeze on a synthetic liner is going to be okay but on a leather liner I don't know, so I need cedar.
sodomgomorra
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1550 posts since 24/3/14

posted 8 Jun 2020 11:07, edited 8 Jun 2020 11:07

Who else still does hiking boots like this here in Europe? I'd get the Danners but they don't carry them around here, they are also a bit dear.
abagnale
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779 posts since 6/1/14

8 Jun 2020 11:11
Thanks guys. Might go for a mix of plastic for sneakers and cedar for shoes and boots.
sodomgomorra
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1550 posts since 24/3/14

8 Jun 2020 11:12
All the brands I know from my youth resorted to making cack like this:

sodomgomorra
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8 Jun 2020 11:15
abagnale wrote: Thanks guys. Might go for a mix of plastic for sneakers and cedar for shoes and boots.
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Woodlore shoetrees are good. You can get them via amazon.com for a decent price. Lot's of stores tend to carry overpriced 'menswear' bits, or alibaba specials.
pentonville
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678 posts since 12/3/12

8 Jun 2020 11:22
sodomgomorra wrote:
Who else still does hiking boots like this here in Europe? I'd get the Danners but they don't carry them around here, they are also a bit dear.

You could try Brasher, although the ankle support is higher than those in the picture. I have some black Mephisto which are more of a shoe profile but a very comfortable midpoint
illwill
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4032 posts since 17/5/04

8 Jun 2020 11:51
Do you actually want to wear them for hiking? You're gonna be compromising heavily by going for a retro style.

Wouldn't want to wear a pair of Chucks to play bball.