If you're looking to find out more about how to take care of your here. It covers things from A-Z and provides a great overview of care. in general, we suggest starting with our beginner's care guide
If you want to know more about , you're in the right place. Here we discuss some of the top questions we get about . Let's dive in.
What Is A S
"Ais a device approximating the of a that is placed inside a to preserve its , stop it from developing and thereby extend the life of the ."
This broad definition gives you an idea but let's dive deeper.
A is shaped less like a , and more like a last or . A last is wooden template that a is stretched over to give it its during the manufacturing process. Think of it as kind of a mould. Different lasts come in different shapes and sizes and can give shoes completely different fits and looks. Some are round and accommodating, some are pointy and aggressive, and there are all types in between.
Crockett & Jones provides a great overview of their last shapes here. (They also make great shoes!)
Good . More on this later. One of the important elements is the porous nature of the . are also made out of . Most commonly, they are made out of Therefore, will not cut it. They might help your keep its but they do little for .
So, a is a wooden insert that you place inside your when you aren't wearing them.
Out of all , might be the most neglected. They are, however one of the most important.
What Do They Do?
A does many things for you and your shoes.
The porous helps absorb . On average, a person's feet can sweat about 225ml a day, or about the of a small can of Coke. Your shoes are often dealing with all of this excess , and help to absorb that.
Less in your shoes does two things: Increased lifespan and decreased odour.
is most susceptible to damage when it is wet. The more excess in your shoes, the less you'll get to them before they break down. This can be things like , excessive or " ."
Prepping to do some polishing means making sure you have your shoes trees.
Also, the in is caused by bacteria. These bacteria love that as they find it a perfect environment. Don't let them move in! Less = less . Think about a wet towel that doesn't dry thoroughly - even if it just came out of the wash, it will still smell if improperly dried.
help keep the of the . This helps shoes look newer longer and helps minimize . Notice that we said minimize , NOT prevent.
All real shoes will crease (except for Shell Cordovan, which we'll touch on elsewhere).
Inserting shoe trees to hold the shape while polishing.
It is a by-product of use and a way of life, regardless of how much you spent on them. By using you can help prevent deep , and by using the proper polishes you can minimize the colour loss in the too, dramatically improving the look.
are also essential from a care stand point. When you are doing ANY type of care on your shoes such as brushing, using a conditioner, polishing, etc. you need to have inside them. This prevents you from crushing or deforming or wrinkling your shoes as you work on them.
Now you can brush your shoes vigorously without worrying about them losing their shape or getting crushed.
Are S Necessary?
Yes. These are an indispensable care tool. You should have a of for every you own, and they should be in your shoes whenever your feet aren't.
As above, they help with your care routine and provide tons of benefits for you. They also provide benefits that other provides can't. You can't replace what a does with any other product.
You can learn more about how essential they are in a routine in our Beginner's Guide to . Care
How Should S Fit?
come in different sizes. One does not fit all.
You want to match your up with your . Some are szied right up to your exact , some come in small, medium, large, etc. This will vary by brand so be mindful when you're purchasing.
You want your to fit snugly into your shoes. They shouldn't be super tight and feel like they are stretching your shoes out. They also shouldn't be loose in your shoes either.
If your shoes feel like they're stretching your shoes and are very difficult to insert they are likely too big. If your slip into your shoes very easily and you still lots of extra room in the shoes they are likely too small. (Think about the extra space you would have if you put a on that was 2-3 sizes too big. It be would be a "sloppy" fit. )
Should I Use S In My B ?
Yes! You can use normal in your and you'll get all of the benefits.
They are hard to find, but some makers actually make boot trees. They are just like a normal but have an extended/tall portion at the to fill the shaft of the boot. A won't give you that much extra benefit over a normal . They are a nice touch though, if you can find them.
Should I Use S In My Loafers?
Yes! Just like with laces, your loafers need love too. Since loafers can't be adjusted as much, we caution not to use that are too large in a soft loafer.
If you have a thin, suede driving loafer you don't want to stretch it out at all with an improperly sized . Using the correct will ensure your shoes won't stretch and will be at their best.
Crockett & Jones Cavendish loafer with Saphir Beauté du cuir cedar shoe trees.
Should I Use S In My S ?
This is a question that has come up more recently. 10-15 years ago, we would have said no. But now, we say you should.
Nowadays lots of companies are making high-quality and high-end fashion can now cost as much as (or sometimes more than) a of high-quality .. High quality or
You will get a lot of the benefits that you would get from using them in Balenciaga they are an investment. We still feel that they will help keep their , allow you to brush them easier, and provide value.. If your are mostly fabric they won't need to dry out as much as a . That said, if you just got a of Yeezy's or
The sneaker came has changed a lot in the last decade. have gone from being undervalued to being a staple. Many makers have stepped up their game and many of these are collector's items. Protect your investment.
Which S Are The Best?
As we said above, a quality wooden in the correct is going to be the best.
There are a few different types to expand upon as well.
We sell, and often recommend, generic . That means they are one very versatile that can fit into all shoes. We like the versatility of this . They either have a hinge or a spring to allow them to easily fit into many shapes.
Ours have a so that the is adjustable. They also have spring in the middle so the length changes. Different sizes will affect the though.
If you are looking for "the next level" in , that is going to be lasted trees. These are special that are sold directly from the maker. They are made in the exact of the last that was used to make the . This means they are "custom made" to give you a .
For example, if you a 9.5US in a particular model of from a particular company, there will be a specific in that and for that specific . This is the best you can get for .
That said, they are often hard to come by. Very few makers offer this as it is very labour intensive to make and stock that many different styles and sizes. There benefits that you get from using a lasted are also very marginal over a regular . They hold the a bit better but not dramatically so.
Lasted are also very expensive. They are usually $150+ and can cost even more from some makers. If you have the means, want something special, and your makers offers it then go for it!
If you want something a bit more economical then we recommend something like our Saphir . These well made trees will last you forever and do a fantastic job. It is what we have in our shoes, , and .
Do My S Have To Be C ?
No. is the most popular because of its smell. It has a rich and fragrant aroma that smells like organization. This helps leave your shoes smelling great. is also very porous so it helps with , as above.
can come in tons of different types though. Any porous will do. Some makers prefer woods other than because they lend themselves to the branding of the company more. Some use light woods or exotic woods. All that matters is that they are and not or synthetic. (Plastic can be alright for shoes that aren't made out of leather, such as knit sneakers.)
My C Don't Smell Good Anymore
One last trick here. After years of use your can lose some of their aroma. This is totally natural and is to be expected. If you don't mind them losing their smell, don't worry; Keep using them as you always have and you will still get all of the benefits.
If you want to refresh them you, we have a simple trick: Sandpaper.
If you have some extra fine grit sandpaper you can give them a light sanding all over. This will remove the top layer of the , exposing a fresh layer underneath. The smell with come back.
Note that you don't want to use heavy sandpaper or sand them too much as that can change the of them.
Also, we recommend giving them a thorough brushing after sanding so that you don't leave any dust in your shoes. Also make sure they are nice and smooth after so they don't damage the of your .
To conclude, are great for your . They help increase the life of them, allow you to more easily take care of them, and help them to look their best.
Get something wooden, in the correct , and they will last you for the life of your shoes (and likely more). They are a worthwhile investment. If you need somewhere to look, we carry Saphir's and highly recommend them.
All of your quality shoes, , , and/or loafers should have in them whenever your feet aren't. So get yourself a (or a few) now, your shoes will thank you.