I’m going to say “yes” even though it’d be an example of me not practicing what I preach.
I didn’t use trees in my Sperry’s for a whole year. Some nasty stuff grew in there. I haven’t been putting trees in my Clarks and I assume that’s probably not the best practice. For a while, I didn’t put any in my bucks.
You know what happened? Stink city. Especially since I went barefoot a lot. I don’t think the shoe trees would’ve helped extend their “life” per say, but it probably would’ve/is helping with the odor problem.
I wear socks to protect my shoes from my feet, not vice versa. Loafer socks FTW. For super stank, I put a fabric softener sheet under the shoe tree.
Good tip on the fabric softener sheet. Going to use that one for sure. As for loafer socks, I’ve yet to have luck wearing those. They always seem to slip off my heel and bunch up. Maybe I bought the wrong size. Maybe I have weird feet. But I just got frustrated and said, "We’ll do it live! Fuck it! Fucking thing sucks!" and decided to stay going barefoot.
ADDING slothbearwolf said:
In regards to casual shoe anon — college lifestyle tends to inhibit not only formality (I haven’t worn my going out brogues in months), but also cleanliness. What I’ve had to relearn is that there is no canvas sneaker that gold bond and a freezer can’t beautify. other sneakers just need odor eaters. Boots/bucks/pretty much any kind of leather shoe that you sweat in need trees — if you’ve not the time/money for shoe tree-level attention for each pair of leather shoes, you should prolly just wear socks.
Funny enough, my experience right now is fairly similar. I only wear my brogues on the weekends. Most days I just beat my desert boots up — but then again I work from home and only put shoes on to get lunch.
ADDING via anonymous:
Saw your comment on loafer socks. I also had terrible luck with them (especially with my size 9 feet) until I tried Urban Outfitters’ no-show socks. They aren’t big and baggy on my feet, and they have tiny silicone dots in the back of the heel that keep them from slipping. Highly recommended at $5/pair.
ADDING lingtothelong said:
The no show socks from Kohls (in the women’s department, natch), have some rubber thing on the heel to prevent slippage. They work decently well for me but ymmv.
ADDING rjwellman said:
Regarding “no show” socks, I’ve had good luck with the Calvin Klein No-Show Socks from Nordstrom. If you go to the Nordstrom site and type in the search, they’ll be the all black ones that have cardboard inserts. They’ve got good elastic around the opening and a little rubber patch at the heel to keep them from slipping. I’ve had way too much of the slip-off-the-heel-and-get-bunched-up crap and these don’t do that.
Thanks for all the input, guys. Glad to know someone out there is trying to address the problem of heel slippage. #menswearproblems