For reasons that I do not understand, there seems to be a trend in Germany to glue an additional sole underneath the original "to protect the seams". We've all seen these "˜Topis', but in Germany they glue real leather underneath as well. Very strange
Even stranger is the stock of that particular German seller. He/she offered at least a dozen pairs of EG shoes (different styles), all the same size 8 / 8Â½ E, all brand new and all modified with metal toe and heals. Some had the metal toe tip set into the original sole, others had an additional sole glued over. I wonder where he/she got those shoes from. Very, very strange
Tony Gaziano now uses these very same toe plates for his bespoke shoes:
This is due to yours truly. When I had my shoes made, I said to Tony I preferred those plates and gave him the web-site of the German ironware manufacturers that produces them. (They are so much prettier than the standard ones.)http://www.gowi.de/
When I saw Tony a few weeks later, he grumbled: "Got those plates, but had to buy a whole box. I suppose, I'll have to use them up now."
So until that box is used up (I have no idea how many they contained), all of Tony's shoes will have those metal plates (as do the pairs TimelessRider has just received).