Over on AA, there was a recent thread discussing the potential ill effects of having a cobbler apply a thin rubber sole (i.e., topy) to leather-soled shoes. Â Potential problems noted with the use of thin rubber soles included the uppers wearing down quickly due to rolling tension, the drying up and cracking of the inner soles, and the rotting of the stitching, etc. Â I suppose the latter 2 problems wouldn't happen with taps since the sole is minimally covered by the taps, but any thoughts on the uppers breaking down faster? Also, are there any forum members who use toe and/or heel taps in lieu of a full topy sole on their shoes? Â I'd be interested to hear comments about the effectiveness of the rubber taps vs. a full topy sole.