1. Stell

    August 28, 2006 at 9:50 am

    If you’re looking for a good shoe tree, try Allen Edmonds. They make high-end men’s shoes, and the shoes are all “Made in America”, if you’re into that sort of thing. But they also have great accessories, like shoe trees, which makes the store a worthwhile stop.

  2. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 9:53 am

    Please, post also pictures by your new suit and your news jeans.

  3. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:08 am

    Dear Sartorialist:

    Have you considered using Woodlore’s full shoe trees in your new pairs of Lidfort shoes?


  4. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Dear Sartorialist,
    since you were so kind and had a link (among others) to Vass shoes on the opening page I phoned them whether they actually sell shoe trees separately.
    Unfortunately they just can’t seem to get enough shoe trees, even for themselves, so they will not sell any for about the coming 3 or 4 months.
    I hope you get some useful recommendation soon: every day you can’t wear your splendid new shoes is definitely a waste.
    Also looking forward to your upcoming fashion weeks posts!

  5. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:15 am

    While on the topic of shoes…I was walking down Madison Ave. and happened upon Peter Elliot’s ‘outlet’ on 82nd Street. I bought a pair of cordovan shoes by a Spanish company called Carmina for $300. I love them. Since these are the nicest shoes I’ve ever owned, I really want to treat them well. The salesman was saying to not let shoeshine guys use Kiwi polish…and that a lot of guys use black polish on brown cordovan. Any thoughts from the group on these two points?

  6. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:21 am

    isn’t it amusing that fashion ‘week’ goes for thirty days ;)

  7. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:23 am

    Dear Sartorialist,
    If you do not buy black shoes, what do you prefer to wear with black or gray slacks?

  8. The Sartorialist

    August 28, 2006 at 10:23 am

    I only use a creme polish that won’t mask the original color.

  9. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:25 am

    Dear Sarto: You write “Just classic enough but also just stylized enough, not too heavy-soled and clunky like a lot of Italian shoes and not too narrow and sole-less like a lot of English shoes.”

    Do you have the typical qualities of English and Italian shoes reversed?

  10. The Sartorialist

    August 28, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Anon 10:25
    I meant it as two separate issues – overall style and a separate issue about the soles of the shoes but I see what you mean.

    Anon 10:21
    a “fashion week” in three different cities can add up quick!

    Anon 10:23
    I don’t own any black pants and I always wear brown shoes with grey pants.

    Since I bought those loafers, later that day I bought a great pair of black slim cotton jeans at APC – not denim but a cotton almost like cords but without the cording. they will go great with the loafers.

  11. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:43 am

    check out onecedarlane.com for awesome cedar shoe trees…

  12. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 10:46 am

    I was rather confused by your 30 days of fashion shows considering the new york dates are 8th sep – 15th sep but figured you were covering other cities & noticed you just posted stating that …. so i take it you’re on the N.Y to London to Milano to Paris bandwagon?

  13. nymusiclvr

    August 28, 2006 at 10:58 am

    I’ve had a few pair of shoe trees from Nordstrom and they have treated me very well. Great spring, solid toe design. They work great for Italian or British designed shoes.

    Also wanted to say that I’m a huge fan of your blog. Such a simple idea yet it took this long before it became real…

  14. EnidP

    August 28, 2006 at 11:32 am

    I love the shoes…..

    ENID P.

  15. Flint

    August 28, 2006 at 11:35 am

    For those of more modest means who are similarly inspired by beautiful shoes, try the Barney’s Warehouse sale, ongoing and ending September 4th. I picked up two pairs of absolutely gorgeous, handmade Italian shoes (Alexander Hotto and N.D.C) for just under $300 together, which is very much akin to theft.

    Off to find shoe trees and thanks for the shoe care tips.

  16. Butch

    August 28, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    The shoes are perfect in form–but am I the only one to find the leather a mite too…glazed?

    In any case, bravo. No other purchase so satisfies, I find, as the right pair of shoes.

  17. Gus

    August 28, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    I used the regular cedar shoe trees for years with OK results but nothing works as well as a fully carved shoe tree like they sell at Lobb or Berlutti. They are very expensive but they fill the entire shoe removing any creases and keeping the shape “like new”. They are specially good when polishing so that you don’t get cream and wax accumulating in creases. Berlutti has several different shapes of trees for each size, some with a more square toe and some more pointed, so bring the shoe with you for the proper fit. Lobb and Berlutti shoe trees are not cedar. So, you should rotate wearing them as they do not absorb mosture as efficiently as cedar, but the results are excellent. Also, Berlutti has these great pastic trees to use when polishing your shoes or when traveling. They weigh nothing. If I don’t take them, I roll up my socks and stuff them into the toes of my shoes when traveling. It saves space and my shoes look great.

  18. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    My Johnston & Murphy shoe trees have been nothing but good to me and my J&Ms.

    Highly recommended.

  19. Irish Eyes

    August 28, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    Anonymous, I faced the issue of taking care of my Cordovan shoes some time ago. I actually own 7 pairs – in Burgandy and Black. Never, ever let Kiwi polish near the, and I found even creme simply runs off them. The trick – an old guy from UK taught me – was to use those new Kiwi sponge wipes. He was shocked at how good they were and said he wished they were out years ago. Bizarre, I know those things look cheesy etc. But they work well on Cordovan. Don’t smear the wipe polish too much just a brisk polish and you’re off. Cordovan in the most waterproof leather there is – they need cleaned as opposed to polished. So every few days wipe them with those sponges. Or occasionally use the creme. Apart from that… nothing. Don’t overuse the sponges… since you’ll look too shiny. Wouldn’t want that for God’s Sake…

  20. Alice Olive

    August 28, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Perfect place to start with the shoes! Love the simplicity and sleekness.

    And by the way, the shoes aren’t a “steal”, they’re an investment.

    They’re an investment in your personal style.

    Plus if you project the total cost over 10 years, the average weekly wear comes down dramatically!

  21. EMNH

    August 28, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Thank You Mr. David Allen. Great Luck to you both on all your ventures in life. Good Friends are Priceless.

  22. Anonymous

    August 28, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Sartorialist,
    Have had white shoes before? if so, how do you wear them and with what kind of pants/color etc

  23. Gus Trenor

    August 29, 2006 at 3:51 am


    Why don’t you buy black shoes? I seem to do the same thing but I mostly wear chinos.

  24. herringbonekid

    August 29, 2006 at 6:40 am

    like those brown shoes !

  25. the shophound

    August 29, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    You may laugh, and you may not want to be caught dead there, but I have found excellent cedar shoe trees at (again, please don’t shun me) Syms and Century 21. There I said it. I mean with full heel and toe. They are much cheaper than the ones you find in expensive shoe stores, usually around $15, and they are equal if not better quality. Trust me, I’m very picky about what goes into my John Lobbs while I’m not waering them.

  26. HFT

    August 29, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    love the shoes , just bought a pair on your ” recommendation”

  27. marit

    August 29, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    the shoes are fab!

  28. VertigoVirgo

    August 29, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Those are the kinda shoes that get you dates fellas.

  29. Capri

    August 30, 2006 at 4:25 am

    Great looking shoes! I’d actually never heard of the brand. They still look a bit traditional to me (I’d go for Berluti or Lattanzi every time) but there’s no question as to their elegant and understated character. Bravo!

  30. The G Manifesto

    August 31, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Those single lace shoes are very unique.

  31. Abogado de Ropa

    September 2, 2006 at 12:16 am

  32. maleImelda

    September 3, 2006 at 8:00 am

    i bought two zegna cedar wood shoe trees from eBay several years back. like many things in life, i don’t think there’s ever a one-stop website for shoe trees. having said that, how does one keep shoes in order? I have just taken photos and pasted them onto the boxes. Even then – still a mess. Any suggestions?

  33. Bill

    September 13, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    I absolutely agree with Gus about Lobb trees. I’ve tried most of the better makers’ ready-made trees, and only Lobb’s can compare with bespoke. They’re heavy, expensive and not cedar (maybe maple or beech?), but maintain the shape of a shoe perfectly and without a spring. For anyone keeping shoes nine or ten years, they’re worth every penny!

  34. Anonymous

    October 4, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve purchased mine from Bloomingdales whenever I shop for my shoes at Battaglia in Chicago.
    Definitely a place for exclusive european styles.

  35. Anonymous

    January 13, 2007 at 11:06 am

    My choice is always cedar shoe trees from Muji. Fitting your requirement, the Muji cedar shoe tree does not have a split in the middle, and it works (and looks) like its plastic counterpart. Cedar shoe trees from Muji are inexpensive and produced in the United States… Nowadays it’s difficult to find good and inexpensive things that are not made in China…

  36. Anonymous

    July 19, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Sartorialist,
    when you say a “Just classic enough but also just stylized enough”, Bontoni and possibly even Berluti come to mind. Although the Bontoni is a classic shoe, its unique detailing and coloring creates a uniquely fresh and contemporary element of style.

  37. dining table

    August 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Hi, It is my first time to visit your blog. And I find it so interesting. I like this post. Those shoes are so fascinating and it is so attractive. I want to have all of them.

  38. Wall Mirrors Gal

    October 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    The Lidfort shoes are such classics. And- I like your tips for shopping when everybody else is lounging at the beach. I really like to have my space when I shop without a crazy frenzy surrounding me.

  39. Anonymous

    January 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I love this single style lace shoes and other one is also good. But I want single lace shoes.
    Send flowers to Pakistan

  40. Dining Tables

    June 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    So shiny! So fabulous. Love it!

  41. jason blood

    September 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    hey go for vass they make an awesome “slipper” in the u last.

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