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I'm on my iPhone so I can't tell, but what's translucent about them? Extra layer of polish or other finishing? They are nice, would like to understand how this is achieved
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I'm on my iPhone so I can't tell, but what's translucent about them? Extra layer of polish or other finishing? They are nice, would like to understand how this is achieved
Maybe he meant natural finished soles?
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Ahh gotcha that would explain it to me. It's a nice touch. A facelift to a classic style
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Are a lot of folks in here getting their shoes with toe taps, either from the factory or local cobbler? I'm just curious thanks.

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^ yes.
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Are a lot of folks in here getting their shoes with toe taps, either from the factory or local cobbler? I'm just curious thanks.

I was for my first two GGs. However, I didn't care for the occasional clacking and metal scalping noise, and the price wasn't helping either (over $100 last time i checked for GG installed toe taps). I am pretty good about not dragging my feet now, so i will trust the Barker soles to do their job, and stop worrying so much about it... smile.gif
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I was for my first two GGs. However, I didn't care for the occasional clacking and metal scalping noise, and the price wasn't helping either (over $100 last time i checked for GG installed toe taps). I am pretty good about not dragging my feet now, so i will trust the Barker soles to do their job, and stop worrying so much about it... smile.gif

 

   thick vibram type material maybe but Jubie's correct, the sound of the metal plates is just ridiculous

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I always get taps - something about my gate/foot shape just kills the tips of soles regardless of last. I had G&G put on my most recent pair for ca. $100 as Jubei notes, but would have done it at B Nelson for half of that were geography more convenient. I remember C&J being in the £35 range as well last time I bought from them.
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I always get taps - something about my gate/foot shape just kills the tips of soles regardless of last. I had G&G put on my most recent pair for ca. $100 as Jubei notes, but would have done it at B Nelson for half of that were geography more convenient. I remember C&J being in the £35 range as well last time I bought from them.

 

My G&Gs have taps as well, but I would have never paid $100 for it. Meermin & Carmina do it for around $35, and it looks just as good.

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In all likelihood, anyone with a sharp knife and a shoemaker's rasp could do it themselves for the price of the hardware.
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It's not as "pretty" (but I've never been a fancy soles type of guy) so I just put them in myself with brass screws.

@DWFII: would you by chance know of a source to obtainEagle size #3 taps (or something similar)? I tried to source them but the distributor I've previously bought from told me they only carried #4 now (which is slightly bigger). I appreciate any leads.
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It's not as "pretty" (but I've never been a fancy soles type of guy) so I just put them in myself with brass screws.

@DWFII: would you by chance know of a source to obtainEagle size #3 taps (or something similar)? I tried to source them but the distributor I've previously bought from told me they only carried #4 now (which is slightly bigger). I appreciate any leads.

I'd help you if I could but I don't hold with metal toe plates and so don't keep tabs of who has what. If I wanted metal toe plates I guess I'd order them out of Germany...from Goetz of Goppingen.

I used to get a lot of stuff from them.
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I'd help you if I could but I don't hold with metal toe plates and so don't keep tabs of who has what. If I wanted metal toe plates I guess I'd order them out of Germany...from Goetz of Goppingen.

I used to get a lot of stuff from them.
Thanks DW, I appreciate the lead. I shall turn to the Germans for resources.

In the conversation about toe plates, I put them on all my shoes as something about my biomechanics leave the toes with more wear. I really don't have much issue with noise (or I have just habituated to it) so the utility outweights premature sole wear.

Interestingly, I have minimal heel lift wear and more often than not replace soles before I even get through half of the rubber lift. I know many end up having to replace this at least once before a resole.
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Eagle size #3 taps (or something similar)? I tried to source them but the distributor I've previously bought from told me they only carried #4 now (which is slightly bigger). I appreciate any leads.

Leather and Grindery in (Greater) London carry the French Lulu plates in various sizes:

http://www.leatherandgrindery.com/Shoe-Repair-Materials-shoe-repair-wholesalers-shoe-repair-supplies/Metal-Work-Shanks-And-Parts/Toe-Plates-Segs/lulu-toe-plates-metal


They also supply the larger Triumph plates, as used by G&G for their bespoke work (not featured on the website) as well as various nail-on segments

http://www.leatherandgrindery.com/Shoe-Repair-Materials-shoe-repair-wholesalers-shoe-repair-supplies/Metal-Work-Shanks-And-Parts/Toe-Plates-Segs
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Leather and Grindery in (Greater) London carry the French Lulu plates in various sizes: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Much appreciated! Although the flush styles look better, I do not trust my hands on single soles, especially with G&G. Maybe in the future I'll play around with old double soles. biggrin.gif
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