Benefits of shoe trees

Popular shoe tree styles

Material Selection

Most popular - natural cedar wood

Characteristics of natural cedar

The cedar oil in shoe trees does more than just deodorise the shoe. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and also acts as an insect repellant.

Cedar is characterised by its light-weight, even grain, and relatively consistent density. Knots and fine cracks are sometimes visible but are not a defect and common with natural wood products.

Western & Eastern Red Cedar commonly used in shoe tree making is rich and inviting in colour. The heartwood ranges from a pale red through to a richer dark brown. The sapwood is usually a pale yellow or white colour.

Benefits of using cedar

Cedar is one of the most durable woods available with natural resistance to deterioration.

Cedar is very hygroscopic and will absorb moisture at a rate faster than airing a shoe at room temperature.

Studies have found that bacteria, including Escherichia coli, is sensitive to cedar oil, which has clear deodorising benefits to footwear.