The bespoke trees of Carreducker
Carreducker, the English bespoke shoemaking team, made some boots for The Rake’s esteemed editor Nick Scott recently. But lovely as the boots were, I was interested in the shoe trees they came with.
There’s something about the paraphernalia around a bespoke object that enhances its beauty. It is the means by which you connect to the object and the background against which you set it.
All shoes are great in this respect, given that they can come with polish, creams, brushes (in various sizes), shoe bags and of course shoe trees. But bespoke shoes have a particular advantage, as the trees that protect, form and shape them are themselves bespoke objects. The are items of beauty in their own right: a carved and stylized version of your own foot.
Now, one step further. A bespoke shoe tree in a form hardly ever seen in RTW shoes. The three-piece boot tree, used in men’s shoes for centuries, when indeed the boot was the universal form of shoe. A design necessitated by the shape of the boot, which prevents a normal tree from being inserted. Instead, a front section is inserted into the toe, a second piece held against the heel, and a third lowered in between the toe, created a solid block.
The Carreducker version is cut in chevrons, to better fit the three pieces together. And the central parts are marked – left and right – to avoid confusion in the shoe box. As to our editor’s boots themselves? Well, they’re special. But you’ll have to wait until later in the year to see them in all their glory.
For a detailed view of the craft of shoemaking, check out Carreducker’s excellent blog.