Thanks DWFii !!
I have been lurking on SF for a while and now that I am soon to re-enter civilian life my choice of shoes has been the most important thing i have started to concentrate on.
Metal toe taps are not appealing to me, not only because they will attract unwanted attention, but because the shoes I hope to buy will too expensive to risk ruining with screws and nails used to hold a steel toe plate.
If I HAD to ask for steel toe plates I would make certain the shoe maker applied them, and not a contractor, that way they are less likely to damage the shoes. I know shoemakers like Edward Green sub contract the work. Not sure about G&G, but Leffot seems to think G&G do their own.
Either way, I agree with you, the rows of good brass "toe nails". like the AS resoled shoes is my preferred option.
My fee "swing" quite heavily as I pronate badly, and so the soles of my shoes wear out fast, especially at the tow area.
My military issue "step out" shoes have strips of Vibram on the toe tips, and this has really helped slow the wear down significantly.
I am sure I will be buying Edward Green, G&G and Cleverleys when I finally start my civilian wardrobe.
What would you recommend DWFII? Should I get steel toe tips if they are installed by the factory? Should I rather ask for a row of brass "toe nails"? Or should I simply have small strips of vibram glued to the sole to reduce the excessive wear?