Originally Posted by Duveen
Quick question for those in DC - can Sky (or anyone else) actually do an inset metal toeplate?
I would be very surprised if this were beyond their capabilities.
As I mentioned on another thread, EG slipped toe plates (unsolicited) onto my last trunk show order (Ecton, 808, Edwardian). I hated them at first b/c they were noisy, marked up my wood floors and threw off my stride. I concluded that this was really due to the screws protruding above the surface of the plate by a milimeter or two.
I really wanted the sky brothers to take them off - but that would have left the sole in a rather sorry state since they are inset. The fix we came up with was replacing the screws with nails that sit flush with the surface. They filled the screw holes with wooden pegs and a little glue so that the nails have something to grip.
This has totally changed the character of the shoe for me. No noise - no marks - and not at all noticeable as one strides along. It's as if they're no longer there.
Just goes to show how exacting matters of fit, etc can be for shoes. Very little margin for error.
Excessive toe wear is not really an issue for me - so I would put myself in the "never" catagory - but at least I mind them less on the Ectons thanks to the Brothers Sky.
They did the job on the spot while I slipped next door to Field's for a fitting - but that's a tale for another thread. . . .