you just have to break them in. my oldest are about 15 years. still going strong. i love the noise, ymmv
i tried rubber, but i'm missing something. will replace, when they wear out.
i really like the metal toe plates that b.nelson did for you. unfortunately i am in london and cant find any cobbler who uses those particular plates which i think are a type of lulus. the lulus that cleverleys use only have three nails in them whilst yours have five screws which are much better - much more robust. i am dying to source them so i can give them to cleverleys to use on my many pairs which have the more fragile 3 nail lulus...
please can you help ? i would order them from teh us if i knew exactly what they are called and if i knew a website to order them from ??
thanks for your help