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post #61 of 113
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Originally Posted by fritzl View Post
i've worn out "topyed" soles after 3 - 5 wearings. no issues after i replaced them with leather.

Have to agree with Nick. I put vibram on all my shoes, and after many years, have never seen it wear out that fast. Once, I did encounter peeling, probably because the glue was insufficient, but my cobbler quickly fixed it without charge. But given your experience, I can understand why you'd be opposed. On my favorite shoes, I have to replace the vibram about once a year, but only because I wear out the toe area at a ridiculous rate, otherwise, the wear is barely noticeable.

With respect to the other negative comments, I've carefully tried shoes for an extended period both with and without the vibram soles, and I really haven't noticed a difference. I can't speak for topy soles, but in my experience with vibram:
- it does not feel like a rubber soled shoe;
- the shoe sounds about the same as a leather soled shoe (but I'm a heavy heel striker so you can hear me coming anyway);
- there is much less slippage than a new leather sole and in the rain, but under normal walking conditions (after the leather sole gets sufficiently scuffed) they feel about the same;
- I have not noticed any extra odor;
- I have not noticed any extra flex or stiffness;
- it does not look like a rubber soled shoe from the side, and I think the vibram actually looks better than worn leather, especially over time.

Here's a couple pictures from a year old pair of shoes, which had vibram applied as soon as I got them. I probably wear them a couple times a month.


post #62 of 113
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Originally Posted by Politely View Post
But given your experience, I can understand why you'd be opposed.

long story short: i am not opposed. it just didn't work. heaven knows why.

funnily, i have a pair with vibram, which i thrifted. it's going strong since years.
post #63 of 113
While I'm sure all you need to do is just install another topy, but if it came to it, would resoling be difficult/not possible after having sole guards?
post #64 of 113
Thread Starter 
I just had another pair of shoes done. This time I had my cobbler Topy my C&J Edgwares:





As you can see, you can't really tell a shoe has been Topied from the side.

My cobbler was originally going to dye the entire sole black to match the Topy, but I told him to leave the rest of the un-topied sole alone and not to dye it. Looks better this way I think instead of having the entire sole dyed black.

myke
post #65 of 113
Question: I have a brand new pair of AE's. Should I wear them around for a bit to break them in and then get the Vibrams, or immediately apply them?
post #66 of 113
is there a significant difference between topy and vibram, or is one better than the other? benefits to getting a full sole or half sole?
post #67 of 113
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ls1dreams View Post
Question:

I have a brand new pair of AE's. Should I wear them around for a bit to break them in and then get the Vibrams, or immediately apply them?

It doesn't matter, the cobbler with prep the soles before applying the Topy anyway.

myke
post #68 of 113
I think the actual Topy looks better then the Vibram. Which cobbler in the NYC uses actual Topy?

Nick, do you you Topy since on your website, you only mention Vibram.
post #69 of 113
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Originally Posted by IBJanky View Post
My cobbler was originally going to dye the entire sole black to match the Topy, but I told him to leave the rest of the un-topied sole alone and not to dye it. Looks better this way I think instead of having the entire sole dyed black.

myke

Just curious, as with a variety of rubber/rubberized products out there in a multitude of colours, does not one of these companies produce a product that approximates the brown leather sole? I think what I find off putting (no offence Myke as your topy branded topies look better than Vibrams IMO) is that it is black. I'd topy my shoes if they were a brownish colour.
post #70 of 113
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Originally Posted by ls1dreams View Post
Question:

I have a brand new pair of AE's. Should I wear them around for a bit to break them in and then get the Vibrams, or immediately apply them?

Enjoy leather sole for a few wears,
then apply topy
post #71 of 113
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Originally Posted by Son Of Saphir View Post
Enjoy leather sole for a few wears,
then apply topy

this
post #72 of 113
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Originally Posted by Kazou View Post
Just curious, as with a variety of rubber/rubberized products out there in a multitude of colours, does not one of these companies produce a product that approximates the brown leather sole? I think what I find off putting (no offence Myke as your topy branded topies look better than Vibrams IMO) is that it is black. I'd topy my shoes if they were a brownish colour.

can't speak for topy.

vibram offer at least 50 different soles in different colours. mine are brown. perfect match...
post #73 of 113
thanks Fritzl! Yes I was lazy, should have searched it before posting. I just saw Furo's topy in this thread http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=159007 Much nicer!
post #74 of 113
Thread Starter 
I don't know about you guys, but I don't really care if the Topy is black or brown.

I mean, who is really gonna look at the soles/bottoms of my shoes? Some of you guys take it to a whole new level

myke
post #75 of 113
^ touche. I guess I do anyways!
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