Loose On The Lead

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I own a pair of chukkas and a spare pair of shoe trees. Should I use the trees I already have, or should I buy boot trees? The cost of new trees isn't really the issue. I'm just trying not to be obsessive :), and it's not clear to me from other threads how big a difference boot trees make.

I guess a side question would be, are Woodlore's boot trees appropriate for chukkas? I can't tell from the website photo how tall they are.
 

whomewhat

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I prefer the boot trees, but since they are so hard to come by, I have been making my own. I actually prefer dress boots over dress shoes because of foot problems I have and the boots seem to fit me better, provide better support, and are much more comfortable. I did sell my first, "test" pair that I made. I wanted to see how they would turn out so I started with a smaller size. I am now working on my own size, of course.

 

Loose On The Lead

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You may be right, but I only saw shoes trees at that site, not boot trees or ankle boot trees. And, even if they had them, I do enjoy making them. It just takes much longer than I wish it did.
Okay. For the record, though, the site does have Woodlore boot trees. Not surprisingly, so does Woodlore's own site.
 

whomewhat

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Okay. For the record, though, the site does have Woodlore boot trees. Not surprisingly, so does Woodlore's own site.
Okay, I went back to the site and now see what you are talking about. Initially, I only looked at the pictures and all of them looked like shoe trees to me, not boot trees. Upon closer examination, one of them was labeled a boot tree. I think that is the problem, however. The boot tree looks like a shoe tree and does not appear to offer any support to the ankle area and would require you to place it all the way down into the shoe. I modeled mine after Lobbs bespoke boot trees, which do have an ankle area to them. I stand corrected. What I should have said is it is difficult to find boot trees in the style that I like.