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post #31 of 113
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Originally Posted by rich_202 View Post
Your shoes look great. I've seen some hack jobs in the past.

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Originally Posted by Chips View Post
They look great, and I can tell you, your cobbler did a wonderful job. He did a good job making it nice and clean the way it blends where you can see the black of the leather sole and the edge of the topy.

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Of all the forum boogeymen, I find this one particularly odd.

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You don't get the nice sound however.

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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard View Post
I have nothing against people who choose to Topy their shoes. I'm not going to react in knee-jerk, dogmatic fashion against it. That said, I prefer the look of an un-Topyed leather sole. I have no doubt that a Topy will prolong the life of a sole by a significant margin. But frankly, I just love the aesthetics of the leather.
Also, for what it's worth, your cobbler did an outstanding job applying that Topy. The blend with the sole is superb.

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Originally Posted by Shikar View Post
I dont topy cos i really want to get my shoes resoled.
I havent had a single shoe resoled yet.
Maybe I need less shoes.

Regards.

+1 to all of the above. I haven't had soles topied since high school. My father would take my new leather soled dress shoes to the cobbler next to his office to get them topied. Mind you, I mostly wore boat shoes, bucks and penny loafers back then, so my feet would likely still have outgrown the shoes before I could have managed to wear down untopied soles.
post #32 of 113
Looks good Myke. Your cobbler did a good job.

Leather soles do not "breathe", offer less traction and look ugly after wear. I have two pairs of shoes topy'd from Nick at B Nelson. There is no good cobbler in this dinky little town where I live. If I had access to someone like B Nelson, I'll topy all my shoes without a doubt. Resoling/Recrafting is expensive and topy considerably prolongs the life of the soles. I don't know why there is even a goddamn debate on SF/AAAC about the benefits of topy.
post #33 of 113
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Originally Posted by IBJanky View Post
Anyone else rocking some Topy?

myke

never worked for me, with one exception, though it's vibram, it's quite the same.
post #34 of 113
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Originally Posted by RSS View Post
There's good reason for that. Were this all about practicality ... the topy wins hands down. Fortunately I can still afford the romance ... although after today's stock market results ...

I have more shoes than I'll ever wear out, and will no doubt buy more that I don't need. But the idea of not doing something so basic and unobtrusive to extend the life of some of my favorite things just doesn't compute for me.

I don't Topy all my shoes, and if I walked only to an office and back, perhaps I would not bother with it at all. But I'm not delicate with my clothes or shoes, and I want to wear them when and where I want to wear them. For those that will take the most abuse, those that will be dragged on long walks in the rain, over craggy country terrain and through the nastiest city environs, Topies seem like a very small alteration that offer a very big reward.

Really, though, the main reason I use Topies is that I'm hoping for the ultimate payoff. The shoes with the most spectacular patina I've ever seen had Topies, and I have to assume that the added life the Topies provided played a big part in that. I hope mine turn out the same way.
post #35 of 113
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Originally Posted by upnorth View Post
Aside from it's non slip properties, Topy is a great alternative to those who lack the geographical accessibility of a decent cobbler who can re-sole your shoes.

+1. Where I am, with the tropical climate, a leather sole just disintegrates very quickly, and there is no high quality re-soling service. It would make a lot of trouble, if at all possible, to send the shoes back to the Northampton factory.
post #36 of 113
I have had a couple of shoes with Vibram placed on the sole (similar to Topy).

I would advise to proceed slowly as to adding Topy to all of your shoes.

The rubber soles are almost indestructible as compared to leather. Also, they are good for wet weather and slippery surfaces.

However, you may lose some breathability and flexibility by adding the rubber. Also, the shoes wil have a different feel. You cannot use such shoes for ballroom dancing because you need a leather sole to slide on the dancefloor. (I used to dance.)

Try this pair for a few months, and see if you like it.

Good luck.
post #37 of 113
after nearly cracking my head open w/ my new pair of V Cleats, yeah I'm getting them topy'ed. I think it's worth it for the safety reasons alone. plus I don't want to have to worry about rain puddles or light snow. I wear things hard (ie don't care for them ) so for me it's an easy call if I didn't walk a couple miles every day, and I lived in the desert, then maybe things would be different
post #38 of 113
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
All my shoes have a topy and a European toe tap (fers encastrés).





I have yet to wear out a pair of soles.

How much can I expect to pay to have a pair done up like this?
post #39 of 113
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Originally Posted by shoejohn View Post
How much can I expect to pay to have a pair done up like this?
Around €30 in Paris, slightly cheaper elsewhere in France. I don't think North American cobblers know how to do it.
post #40 of 113
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
Around €30 in Paris, slightly cheaper elsewhere in France.

I don't think North American cobblers know how to do it.

Guess again. Flush mounted metal taps aren't as common/readily available in N.A. as they are in Europe, but some do offer it. Nick V./B. Nelson's version of the tap/topy combo:

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Originally Posted by Nick V. View Post
I promised to post when they came in.

Here is what they look like:



This picture shows my own concept of maximum protection for longest wear.
JR heel, Vibram sole guard and, metal toe pieces applied with brass screws.
__________________
Nick V.
www.bnelsonshoes.com

Fwiw, my cobbler installs flush mounted toe taps and I guess he could do the combo if asked. Fwiw, he's a French expat.
post #41 of 113
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Originally Posted by Mark Seitelman View Post

However, you may lose some breathability and flexibility by adding the rubber. Also, the shoes wil have a different feel. You cannot use such shoes for ballroom dancing because you need a leather sole to slide on the dancefloor. (I used to dance.)

Try this pair for a few months, and see if you like it.

Good luck.

I agree about the 'feel' point, but the breathability point is completely bunk. Leathers soles do not breathe. I don't understand why this myth is being propogated time and again. The flexibility is not changed by adding a peice of rubber that is a thick as a dime.
post #42 of 113
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post
Guess again. Flush mounted metal taps aren't as common/readily available in N.A. as they are in Europe, but some do offer it. Nick V./B. Nelson's version of the tap/topy combo:
Ah, good news. They are hard to find, however.


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Fwiw, my cobbler installs flush mounted toe taps and I guess he could do the combo if asked. Fwiw, he's a French expat.
Ron ron ron.
post #43 of 113
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Originally Posted by holymadness View Post
Ah, good news. They are hard to find, however.

Word. Do you get yours done at Atelier Catellan, as shown here?
post #44 of 113
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post
Word. Do you get yours done at Atelier Catellan, as shown here?
No, I got them done by the cobbler across the street from my office for convenience's sake. He did a good job with the shoes I gave him, though he prefers to use nails rather than screws. So far, no complaints.
post #45 of 113
I'll say adieu. It's just too painful to see you gentlemen ruining -- and yes, that's only my interpretation -- your shoes.
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