Cedar from Virginia.
The famous cedar from Virginia actually
comes from the Virginian juniper (Juniperus
virginiana L.). Its wood has a cedar-like smell, hence the now-common
trade names “Virginian cedar” or “red
cedar”. Its natural proportion of essential
oils and its ability to draw moisture
into itself make the untreated wood the
perfect material for shoe lasts and
trees; they are especially convenient
while traveling due to their low weight.
However, their spicy scent is not for
everyone. Made in Bad Berleburg, Germany.
What shoe trees achieve.
After wearing them, shoes should be
put on shoe trees or lasts. Not only do
these maintain the shoes’ shape, they
also absorb the moisture formed inside
the shoe when worn. The latter is only
acceptable if they are made of unpainted
wood. While it is undisputed that
shoe trees or lasts belong in every pair
of shoes, there are two opinions as to
the time of their use: some say that you
should put the trees or lasts in the stillwarm
shoe, while others maintain that
they should be aired out first. If the
shoe gets wet, it should first and foremost
be stuffed with old newspaper;
only when the shoe is reasonably dry
should the shoe tree be inserted.