Hi everyone, this is the first time I've started a thread here, after many years of lurking and learning. I bought some Florsheim Longwings on the bay a couple weeks ago (my third pair of Imperials), and the heels were a little more rounded and worn than I like. I stopped in to ask my local cobbler about a combo toplift, and he asked if they had the old leather heels. The guys then showed me a box full of new v-cleats and talked some about how they used to do them all the time. I took the shoes in the next time I was downtown, and a week and $23 later ($20 for the heels, $1 for each v-cleat, and $1 for some Meltonian dark brown creme), here are the results. Much simpler than the original rows of nails, but it will probably be less slippery too.
I may cover these with the plastic heel taps for protection and traction, what do you guys think?