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post #91 of 112
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Originally Posted by 2UFU View Post
Sky Valet in DC did a good job. See the topy and sunken toe plate.

If you're in the Midwest, Cobblestone Shoe Repair in Chesterfield (not other branches) Missouri can do the sunken toe taps.
post #92 of 112
I love taps. They extend the life of the shoe. What's not to love.
post #93 of 112
Never put them on any of my shoes before, do they really make that much of a difference.

-LR
post #94 of 112
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Originally Posted by ljrcustom View Post
Never put them on any of my shoes before, do they really make that much of a difference.

-LR

If the toe area of your shoes tend to wear down, they make a huge difference.
post #95 of 112
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Originally Posted by Xiaogou View Post
If the toe area of your shoes tend to wear down, they make a huge difference.

not only then.

btw, i tried nearly every variation available. sunken is nice to have.

at the end of the day, there's no difference in functionality.
post #96 of 112
I'm referencing following for other members in Belgium. I've been looking for cobblers in Flanders that are able to make flush toe taps but have only heard of one who does it. Haven't used him myself (though I know others can vouch for his work).
His website:
http://www.pauldascotte.com/ (pricelist: http://www.pauldascotte.com/Paul_Dascotte/Tarifs.html )
post #97 of 112
Just put on toe taps yourself. Blakey or other brands.

You might need to trim the tacks with a pincers but it is not a difficult job.

On a double sole toe wear can look more pronounced.

There is no noise unless you are walking down a moving staircase maybe. Unlike steel heels which announce your approach.
post #98 of 112

Good evening,

 

It's incredibly interesting to see the mixed views on toe plates and great to see the debate and opinions. I have seen some apm messages and to that point will say that we are a seller of toe plates and have been for many years. In a nutshell, toe plates will significantly extend the longevity of footwear and have been used for centuries in various cultures as there is no debate that metal will outlast leather or rubber soles. I cam about my business through a love for shoes and you will find residing in my wardbrobe; Jeffery West's  (many many many of them), Oliver Sweeney, Chruch's, Grenson and others to name a few. My role here is to inform fellow shoe lovers that toe plates are very very popular in this age and serve the same purpose as they have historically. If you enjoy the tap, or can live with it, there is no reason not to protect your footwear. If these statements do not apply, then you should steer well away and perhaps look at Blakeys Rubber protectors which will serve the same purpose lest the longevity. If you have found my comments helpful and are interested in acquiring, we have a good range available. You are free to visit us at the below links for metal and rubber protectors and would love to hear other people's comments on this great thread...

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shoe-Repair-Heel-Plates-Toe-Plates-Metal-Segs-DIY-Shoe-Protectors-inc-Free-Nails-/281841792380?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shoe-Repair-Heel-Plates-Toe-Plates-Metal-Segs-DIY-Shoe-Protectors-Free-Nails-/262185730189?hash=item3d0b7cc08d:g:1KoAAOSwfZ1WafeV

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BLAKEYS-RUBBER-SIZE-3-TOE-HEEL-SEGS-RUBBER-SHOE-PROTECTORS-WITH-TACKS-MADE-IN-UK-/261959533144?hash=item3cfe014258:g:bu0AAOSwHnFVnNHe

 

I hope this has been helpful.

 

Best,

 

PSC

post #99 of 112
It has recently occurred to me that, even for a voracious devourer of toe leather like me, toe plates achieve very little to prolong the life of the shoe. All factory recrafts I've experienced involve replacement of the welt, so it doesn't matter if you wear the toe so hard that you damage that. The meat of the sole will suffer catastrophic injury before anything life-threatening happens at the toe. My suspicion is that the only honest justification for toe plates is aesthetic. There, I've said it.
post #100 of 112
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Originally Posted by atia2 View Post

It has recently occurred to me that, even for a voracious devourer of toe leather like me, toe plates achieve very little to prolong the life of the shoe. All factory recrafts I've experienced involve replacement of the welt, so it doesn't matter if you wear the toe so hard that you damage that. The meat of the sole will suffer catastrophic injury before anything life-threatening happens at the toe. My suspicion is that the only honest justification for toe plates is aesthetic. There, I've said it.

As mentioned in this thread, it all depends on your gait. I've seen the toes completely destroyed right through the welt and the rest of the sole has plenty of life left.
post #101 of 112

Hi atia2,

 

Toe plates are equally used as heel plates these days and many people buy multiple sets. It's true that there is limited wear to the toe for many shoes, but this combats the most common wear to the heels. As there is a large variety of sizing available, they can be used for ladies and gents heels, so are increasingly being used for ladies shoes. However, I do agree that they are certainly aesthetic, although not to overlook the protection factor offered to the heels.

 

Best,

 

PSC

post #102 of 112
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Originally Posted by atia2 View Post

It has recently occurred to me that, even for a voracious devourer of toe leather like me, toe plates achieve very little to prolong the life of the shoe. All factory recrafts I've experienced involve replacement of the welt, so it doesn't matter if you wear the toe so hard that you damage that. The meat of the sole will suffer catastrophic injury before anything life-threatening happens at the toe. My suspicion is that the only honest justification for toe plates is aesthetic. There, I've said it.

Not really. There are poor guys like me who cannot afford factory recrafts and the average cobblers do not, or cannot, replace the welt
post #103 of 112

Hi Chowkin,

 

Regardless of budget, there are so many of us who cherish our shoes. My most favourite are a Jeffery West Bulldog punch hole slip on pair which have been repaired many a time. They are 9 years old and look as good as new through respectful maintenance. I have been using toe plates for several years and one of the reasons for turning this product commercial, as I know there are many others like me, who have a budget and need good value for money. These toe plates can be acquired for less than £2.00 and will add years to any footwear. I am not here to promote our products, quite simply to share love of footwear and preserve as much as possible!

 

PSC

post #104 of 112
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Originally Posted by Chowkin View Post

Not really. There are poor guys like me who cannot afford factory recrafts and the average cobblers do not, or cannot, replace the welt

This is a good point, which also occurred to me after I posted. I'm lucky enough to live in central London, which means I can drop shoes off to be recrafted with no ancillary cost. With the exception of EG (and presumably JLP) the cost of a factory recraft without toe plates is comparable to that of a cobbler's resoling with toe plates. I would prefer the former since it involves relasting, rewelting, and limited repairs to uppers and linings. However, if one has to post shoes to Northampton, especially from overseas, the local cobbler might start to make more sense.
post #105 of 112
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Originally Posted by atia2 View Post

This is a good point, which also occurred to me after I posted. I'm lucky enough to live in central London, which means I can drop shoes off to be recrafted with no ancillary cost. With the exception of EG (and presumably JLP) the cost of a factory recraft without toe plates is comparable to that of a cobbler's resoling with toe plates. I would prefer the former since it involves relasting, rewelting, and limited repairs to uppers and linings. However, if one has to post shoes to Northampton, especially from overseas, the local cobbler might start to make more sense.

You're lucky. I sent my EG through the local retailer for a factory resole and it cost me a whopping £250! If I go to my local cobbler, it ranges from the cheapest £50 (passable) to around £100.
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