Shoe Trees are a necessity!

By Investing in Cathcart Elliot Shoe Trees you have made an important decision to protect your considerable investment in shoes. The more expensive the shoe - the more important it is to try to preserve their good looks and extend their life.

The main function of shoe trees is to help straighten out the creases and reshape the shoe, as well as help them to air/dry. Why is this important? Creases will eventually split, it may take many years, but they will go. Straightening the shoe out with shoe trees (and regular polishing) will help the leather recover. One of the golden rules of looking after fine shoes is not wearing the same shoes on consecutive days - why? because feet are one of the sweatiest parts of the body - accumulation of sweat/dampness damages the leather. Far better to allow them to dry naturally (not force dried with a heat source), and cedar wood shoe trees are excellent in helping achieve that.

Cedar Shoe Trees protect leather, stitching and soles in your shoes from moisture damage. Cedar wood has a unique wicking action absorbing moisture out of the leather in your shoes. Your feet produce a large amount of sweat, even in cool conditions, that is absorbed into the linings and leather of your shoes. Cedar shoe-trees not only help your shoes dry out, more importantly they help smooth out creases and wrinkles in the leather helping the shoes keep their shape and protecting the leather from cracking.

By no means restrict your self to cedar wood, beech wood is heavier and stronger. Abuse a cedar wood shoe tree and it will split or crack - it is not a strong wood. Cedar wood is light - great for travelling with shoes, and has insect repellant qualities as well. Beech shoe trees lacks these qualities but is strong. There is much more to looking after shoes than just using shoe trees, but that's another story.