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Thanks! That's what I've read too. Although I was thinking that it may cause some weakening at the front part of the shoe if the stitching is removed (but the taps will probably compensate for that).
i wouldn't go with the rubber toe taps!! rubber ll go off quickly!! i don't think is adding any traction at all cause that part of the shoe most of the time toutch the floor when you are going to lift the foot while you are walking!! i prefer metal toe taps !! they are a lot more durable than plastic(most of the time they last more than the sole!)and most of the time thinner!
the first photo is from a used sole witch is already thinned from use! if the toe taps are correctly installed this wont effect stitching at all!! you need about 1 mm to sand the sole to install that kind of toe taps and channeled stitching of Goodyear welt is at least 1-2mm down in the sole!!( closed channel is deeper)!!
Thanks for all the info. As for the rubber, it just seemed like a better and less "flashier" option. At the same time, I would not have to worry about scratching any floors, etc. Also, I saw the rubber tap and it was made from very hard plastic, so I think it will outlast the leather sole of the shoe. Anyway, I'll maybe try one of each (rubber and steel) and see which one is more preferable.
Good to hear that the stitching may not have to be cut for new shoes. I will just have to bring my new pairs to cobbler pronto before using it again!
I don't know about anyone else but I am feeling a lot of love for those St Cs.... especially with that 1940s style French toe. Just can't understand how you used wax on cordovan to get that beaut shine so quickly. I thought you used crèmes for shell cordovan?
That is a really beautiful pair of shoes pB! I have earlier been kind of put down by cordovan shoes' bulkiness, but these are really sleek and smart. I really like them! Good job on the shine as well. It was a bit more subtle than what I have achieved so far.
Just for information, I have had great success with Saphir Shoe-Eze. I tried it, first, on a pair of shoes that I keep for experimenting. It did what it said it would do - in this case, softening the leather around my small toes. It didn't leave any marks. I then tried it on a pair or good shoes and had the same response. My toes don't hurt, there are no marks on the shoes. Don't be put off by the foam that comes out of the can. I have no idea what it is made of.