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scrivener
April 17th, 2007, 03:20 PM
Hello. I'm reading aloud to my students the excellent and funny A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony. As you know, Anthony has a fondness for bad puns (one year, his Christmas cards had harpies on the front and "harpy holidays" on the inside), and in the first chapter of this first installment of the Xanth series is a description of how the main character had plucked his shoes fresh from a shoe tree.

My students didn't get the joke, because they didn't know what a shoe tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_tree) is.

So my question, dear friends, is whether or not you've ever owned a shoe tree. I never have, but I do have a good pair of shoes that would benefit from them, so I have often considered it.

lavagal
April 17th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Once you try to get the luau feet into a pair of shoes, you find out what a shoe tree is.

Pua'i Mana'o
April 17th, 2007, 03:36 PM
those things are too cost-prohibitive to keep around. Plus, who does "seasonal shoes" in Hawaii? Wear em until they wear out, is what I see.

glossyp
April 17th, 2007, 03:40 PM
Having revealed my shoe obsession on this site before, I feel comfortable saying that shoe trees are essential to maintaining my most treasured footwear. The dearly beloved has become a shoe tree user due to my influence.

scrivener
April 17th, 2007, 03:40 PM
I'm not wearing my expensive, lovely, fairly uncomfortable, black leather shoes unless I have to look that good: At our school's proms, at graduations, and at weddings. I don't hope to have to make a purchase like this again for a long time, so I'd like to keep them as nice (and ready) as possible for as long as I can.

scrivener
April 17th, 2007, 03:41 PM
The dearly beloved has become a shoe tree user due to my influence.
Are you referring to your man or to your shoes? :)

glossyp
April 17th, 2007, 03:41 PM
those things are too cost-prohibitive to keep around.
Very affordable at Ross!

Cameron
April 17th, 2007, 03:43 PM
I've seen one at my grandparents house :p

glossyp
April 17th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Are you referring to your man or to your shoes? :)
Silly! Wait, let me think...

BTW, you really should put shoe trees into those lovely and expensive leather shoes. Get the ones made from cedar, not the plastic ones.

Pua'i Mana'o
April 17th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Very affordable at Ross!

do tell, Gloss. How much does a pair go for, can you recall?

Good thread, btw.

glossyp
April 17th, 2007, 03:50 PM
do tell, Gloss. How much does a pair go for, can you recall?

Good thread, btw.
I believe the last pair of shoe trees purchased cost less than $5 and that was for the good cedar ones. I have a hard time finding shoes that fit properly and meet my style standards (don't even ask!). I also refuse to pay full retail for anything so I scrounge Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Off 5th for expensive shoes at hugely discounted prices. So, when I find a pair, I take care of them. I have a pair of gorgeous Manolo Blanik suede pumps that I've owned for more than 10 years - they retailed for $795 and I got them for $35! Happy dance just thinking about it! I think I'll go admire them now.

Glen Miyashiro
April 17th, 2007, 04:57 PM
I have a pair of shoe trees that I use with my nice leather-soled fancy blacks. I only wear those babies when I'm all duded up, because I paid $100+ for this pair and my regular activities would scuff 'em up in a day. In fact, I usually keep them in the original shoebox I bought 'em in, and only take 'em out for weddings, funerals, nights out on the town, etc.

For daily wear, I have a pair of nonskid rubber-sole black oxfords from Payless Shoe Source. :rolleyes:

tutusue
April 17th, 2007, 06:40 PM
Shoe trees, huh? I remember my dad using 'em but I haven't found a pair that fit my Croc flip flops...yet! Glossyp? Keep me in mind during your next shoparamarellathon, 'kay?! :D

cynsaligia
April 17th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Hello. I'm reading aloud to my students the excellent and funny A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony. As you know, Anthony has a fondness for bad puns (one year, his Christmas cards had harpies on the front and "harpy holidays" on the inside), and in the first chapter of this first installment of the Xanth series is a description of how the main character had plucked his shoes fresh from a shoe tree.

My students didn't get the joke, because they didn't know what a shoe tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_tree) is.

So my question, dear friends, is whether or not you've ever owned a shoe tree. I never have, but I do have a good pair of shoes that would benefit from them, so I have often considered it.

yeah, if you're used to mostly slippers or sandals or adjustable sport shoes, as many in hawaii are, you'd likely never seen a shoe tree.

scriv, thumbs up for choosing that book! i loved reading it and the sequels when i was in grade/intermediate school. anthony is a very good writer both on the simple pun level and in terms of philosophical issues. i also loved "on a pale horse" and its sequels.

i should mention that i learned some pretty good insults from anthony, as well! :D


I believe the last pair of shoe trees purchased cost less than $5 and that was for the good cedar ones. I have a hard time finding shoes that fit properly and meet my style standards (don't even ask!). I also refuse to pay full retail for anything so I scrounge Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Off 5th for expensive shoes at hugely discounted prices. So, when I find a pair, I take care of them. I have a pair of gorgeous Manolo Blanik suede pumps that I've owned for more than 10 years - they retailed for $795 and I got them for $35! Happy dance just thinking about it! I think I'll go admire them now.


i am soooooo jealous about the manolo blahniks. thanks for the tip on where to buy--i was just thinking a week ago that i need some.

Da Rolling Eye
April 17th, 2007, 07:36 PM
We used to wear boots and I personally owned at least 8 pairs. Noconas, Dan Posts and such. In the course of this love affair with cowboy boots, we managed to wrangle one antique set of shoe trees from ebay and found another nice wooden set at a local Goodwill store. As cowboy boots go, the wide designation in the size does not mean it'll fit luau feet well, especially for long periods of time. The shoe trees came in mighty handy. :D

Come to think of it, I did send one pair to a professional shoe repair person for sizing, early on. He slipped them on a set of shoe trees. Both sets that we now own costed less than 1/2 of what I paid for the stretching.

We no longer have the boots, but we still have our beloved shoe trees. My wife has 2 pairs of Prada shoes that are just on the snug side. When the opportunity arises for her to wear them, it'll spend the night before with a set of shoe trees in them. :)

DannyWilliams
April 17th, 2007, 08:04 PM
I used to work for "Hold Everything" a sister store of Williams-Sonoma before they went "phhhhhhhhhttttt" with our divsion.
Anyways we did sell shoe trees and they were quite popular with the customers.

SusieMisajon
April 17th, 2007, 09:07 PM
I used to go out with a guy who had 60 pairs of shoes, all with their own trees.

craigwatanabe
April 17th, 2007, 09:17 PM
I use shoe trees. Being on the Big Island my black leather dress shoes don't get a lot of mileage so they are kept in shape while tucked in the closet.

I just wished they would make a shoe tree in the form a luau foot. Either that or if a local shoemaker can make shoes with really wide toes.:D

Da Rolling Eye
April 17th, 2007, 09:30 PM
I use shoe trees. Being on the Big Island my black leather dress shoes don't get a lot of mileage so they are kept in shape while tucked in the closet.

I just wished they would make a shoe tree in the form a luau foot. Either that or if a local shoemaker can make shoes with really wide toes.:D
Bruddah, jes put planny duck tape on bofe sides an den straaatch'um. She go. :D

blueyecicle
April 17th, 2007, 09:46 PM
Shoe trees, huh? I remember my dad using 'em but I haven't found a pair that fit my Croc flip flops...yet! Glossyp? Keep me in mind during your next shoparamarellathon, 'kay?! :D

I just ordered the hubby and I some Crocs.
Ugly buggers but I am getting older and my feet are hurting so badly these days!
Hope they work!

I had to look up a shoe tree...But I do own 2! I thought they were called something else. I don't use them at all. I buy cheap shoes. :D

craigwatanabe
April 17th, 2007, 10:18 PM
Bruddah, jes put planny duck tape on bofe sides an den straaatch'um. She go. :D

Das da problem...she went now I gotta buy new shoes:(

SusieMisajon
April 17th, 2007, 10:24 PM
Get custom shoe trees made to fit just your feets.

craigwatanabe
April 17th, 2007, 10:39 PM
Do they make it in Banyan tree size? That's what I get for going barefoot during my formative years:D

SusieMisajon
April 17th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Do they make it in Banyan tree size? That's what I get for going barefoot during my formative years:D
Signs of a happy childhood.

Surfingfarmboy
April 18th, 2007, 01:10 AM
No, I've never own shoe trees. I think I own no more than two pairs of shoes that might benefit from them; most of the shoes I wear are running shoes which are past their prime for doing any serious miles in. It would be useless for me to put them all up on a shoe tree. (I store most of my retired running shoes in an old Allied Moving Company box which was originally intended for the transport of chinaware.)

I really should be wearing heavier field boots when I'm out on the John Deere, but in defience of the generally accepted rules of what's to be worn while in the field, I continue to use my old running shoes. (I hate work boots..I refuse to wear them!)

I do own an electric shoe dryer though, if that counts for anything. Comes in handy for drying the Nikes and Mizunos out after running in heavy rain storms.

Altivec
April 18th, 2007, 01:26 AM
Do they make it in Banyan tree size? That's what I get for going barefoot during my formative years:Dhaha craig, next time we meet up...I guess I'll have to look down at your feet :eek:

oceanpacific
April 18th, 2007, 06:46 AM
Never had or needed one. We have a "geta-bako" which I don't utilize. I own more pairs of athletic footware than "regular" shoes.

Decades ago, I helped some friends move from a small apartment near Iolani School to their new home in Kailua. The guy had FOUR pairs of shoes, two of them basketball sneakers. His wife, a flight attendent noted for her fashion sense, used an "over-the-door" shoe holder sort of like a garment bag. One of my other friends counted the TWENTY-SEVEN pairs of footware she had.

The disparity in the numbers hints at an "Imelda Marcos" type issue. :D

scrivener
April 18th, 2007, 07:17 AM
It sounds like some of you need to click the shoe tree link in the original post. Just suggesting.

tikiyaki
April 18th, 2007, 07:22 AM
This sounds like an Adrian question.

Leo Lakio
April 18th, 2007, 07:23 AM
Bruddah, jes put planny duck tape on bofe sides an den straaatch'um. She go. :DDa shoes or da feets?

scrivener
April 18th, 2007, 07:28 AM
This sounds like an Adrian question.
OOOoooooh. I don't know why, but I take offense! Put 'em up!

1stwahine
April 18th, 2007, 07:29 AM
This sounds like an Adrian question.


OOOoooooh. I don't know why, but I take offense! Put 'em up!

Bwaaaaaaaaa! There went my coffee!:p

Scriv, wat's up with your avatar?:confused:

Lynn:D

Leo Lakio
April 18th, 2007, 07:29 AM
OOOoooooh. I don't know why, but I take offense! Put 'em up!At least you did have a literary reference that led to the poll. BTW - your new avatar is nice; the diet is working for you, I see. Maybe too well.

scrivener
April 18th, 2007, 07:31 AM
Scriv, wat's up with your avatar?

...your new avatar is nice; the diet is working for you, I see. Maybe too well.
Oooh yeah. Take a look at my profile photo, too.

Leo Lakio
April 18th, 2007, 07:59 AM
Oooh yeah. Take a look at my profile photo, too.Oh-kaaay...those two pictures plus "fashion advice" (e.g., shoe trees) ... we're looking at a whole new Scrivener for Summer '07, aren't we?

tikiyaki
April 18th, 2007, 08:05 AM
OOOoooooh. I don't know why, but I take offense! Put 'em up!

LOL...Sorry, but the initial question REALLY sounds like an Adrian question, but like Leo said, the literary reference differentiated....No want beef, Scriv. :p

That being said, we had shoe trees in the house as a kid...my mom had em. We'd lose a national forest on my fiancee's shoe collection :-O

lavagal
April 18th, 2007, 08:58 AM
Oooh yeah. Take a look at my profile photo, too.

The more I learn, the less I wanna know!!!!

Glen Miyashiro
April 18th, 2007, 08:59 AM
This sounds like an Adrian question.


OOOoooooh. I don't know why, but I take offense! Put 'em up!Nah. If it were really an Adrian question, it'd be:

"Anyone ever owned shoe trees?"

WindwardOahuRN
April 18th, 2007, 09:14 AM
Shoe trees, huh? I remember my dad using 'em but I haven't found a pair that fit my Croc flip flops...yet! Glossyp? Keep me in mind during your next shoparamarellathon, 'kay?! :D

My father used them too. He had some great shoes. I remember watching the shoe-shine "boys" work on those snappy city shoes. The cordovan wing-tipped pair was my favorite. :)

Hey Tutu---are those Croc slippahs comfortable? They look kinda stiff and heavy.

scrivener
April 18th, 2007, 09:17 AM
People aren't wearing them because they look good. They are very, very comfortable.

Leo Lakio
April 18th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Re: Crocs ---
from the Canadian show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" comes this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ6qdxN883w)

NoCal Boy
April 18th, 2007, 09:54 AM
Hey Tutu---are those Croc slippahs comfortable? They look kinda stiff and heavy.
On that note, and sorry to continue the off-topic veer of the post...

Do you Croc-wearers suggest getting them to fit big or "just right"? The Crocs website recommends "the fit should be “loose” ", and that seems to be key to their comfort. I just ordered a pair in the size I usually wear and it seems huge, whereas one whole size down (no 1/2 sizes) seems to fit "normally". What say you?

Oh yeah. I know this would immediately peg me as "not local" back there (not that my golf sock tan doesn't when wearing slippers), but I might occasionally wear these with socks here in still-chilly Northern California. I'd assume that would make a difference?

WindwardOahuRN
April 18th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Re: Crocs ---
from the Canadian show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" comes this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ6qdxN883w)

LOL---they were all the rage with nurses a year or so ago.

Then the mishaps started. When you have to move fast Crocs have a nasty habit of sticking to the floor, especially shiny waxed hospital floors. They stub---if you happen to drag your foot a bit when you're moving fast your foot sticks and you are apt to go flying. After more than a few stumbles and outright face-plants many of the nurses I know who had been singing their praises were relegating their Crocs to the garden.

Plus, they look really silly. :p

lavagal
April 18th, 2007, 10:46 AM
I love my Crocs: Royal blue, purple, turquoise, hot pink, olive green, silver and lime. All have jibbitts. My silver ones have a peace sign on one foot and the word LOVE on the other. Most of them have little fishies, but I also have shakas and a surfboard. These are appropriate at my work and I use them all the time for going to the pool, running errands, hanging out in the yard. I buy them loose and not just right because your feet swell as the day wears on so why not?

But alas, I'll have to get the shoe trees out to stretch out the five new pairs of shoes I got to go with my new downtown job that begins May 1. I'm having a tough time wrapping my head around getting out of the jeans and T-shirts I've been wearing and into fancy duds. I hope my grimaces don't shoe er show!

Da Rolling Eye
April 18th, 2007, 01:04 PM
Da shoes or da feets?
Nonono, da treez, da treez. :rolleyes:
Eh, we get one street person in Wahiawa whom I call Da Duck Tape Guy. His shoes are covered with duct tape.

Scriv, das your girlfren? :D Kinda threw me off. Thought a girl was answering cause I only looked at the avatar. <LOL>

Pua'i Mana'o
April 18th, 2007, 01:57 PM
there's a croc-off (get it? nyuk nyuk) known as OVA. They are formed like a respectable pair of slippers. And the buggahs are the most densest pieces of polymer on the planet; crack somebody with em and s/he will forget his/her own first name.

LikaNui
April 18th, 2007, 04:31 PM
Oh-kaaay...those two pictures plus "fashion advice" (e.g., shoe trees) ... we're looking at a whole new Scrivener for Summer '07, aren't we? Has Scriv become a (gasp!) "metrosexual"?


We'd lose a national forest on my fiancee's shoe collection :-O You're engaged to Imelda Marcos? She doesn't just have shoe trees, she has an entire shoe forest.


Hey Tutu---are those Croc slippahs comfortable? They look kinda stiff and heavy. I'm not Tutu, but... I've worn mine every single day since I bought 'em. Heck yes they're comfortable!


Do you Croc-wearers suggest getting them to fit big or "just right"? The Crocs website recommends "the fit should be “loose” ", and that seems to be key to their comfort. The website is correct. Get 'em slightly large for comfort, fer sure.


I might occasionally wear these with socks here in still-chilly Northern California. Okay. I'll bite. What are "socks"?


Plus, they look really silly. :p Yeah, I put off buying a pair forever because they looked like plastic Birkenstocks. Bleccchhh. But... a friend forced me to wear a pair for about ten minutes, and I immediately went to City Mill and bought some. Haven't worn anything BUT Crocs (the shoes or the slippahs) ever since.


I'll have to get the shoe trees out to stretch out the five new pairs of shoes I got to go with my new downtown job that begins May 1. Hold it right there, young lady. At the risk of furthering the thread drift... you can't just drop that little bomb on us without more details! (Please.)


And the buggahs are the most densest pieces of polymer on the planet; crack somebody with em and s/he will forget his/her own first name. Whacked any cockaroaches with 'em yet?

[/massive thread drift]

Oh. Shoe trees? My Dad had 'em, and I actually had a couple of 'em as a younger lad.

:o