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Pros/Cons of Sole Protectors and Shoe Taps?

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I'm brand new to classic menswear. Do you personally use them? Could someone explain the pros and cons of these options?eh.gif Links would be fine too if this topic has already been discussed before.
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I get SUNKEN metal toe taps (see the pics in this thread http://www.styleforum.net/t/266277/will-metal-toe-taps-make-my-shoes-clunky) now on all my shoes and I am very happy with it.

Pros: Metal toe taps will protect the tips of your soles from being worn down faster than the rest. Cons: Cannot see any ... contrary to popular believe there is no clicking sound when walking in shoes with metal toe taps.
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...contrary to popular believe there is no clicking sound when walking in shoes with metal toe taps.

This is generally correct, though it depends on one's gait. Typically heel taps, not toe taps, produce the clicking sound on hard floors.
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TyCoon, if you're inclined to get them put in your shoes, and you know a cobbler who will do it, then go for it. Mine were a little bit slippery when new - that's the only disadvantage I've experienced.
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Nick V. At B Nelson does both excellently. I have toe taps on all my leather bottom shoes; about 1/5 of my shoes have sole guards (just prefer leather bottom feel).

Flushed toe taps are great although they do have to sand/screw into the leather sole so make sure you send them to someone reputable like Nick V. Or they might cause damage to the soles.
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I use Topys or similar outsoles on a number of my shoes. 

 

Pros: better grip on slippery surfaces; far less susceptible to wear from the abrasive combination of salt and sand that covers most sidewalks through the winter months; significantly extends the life of the sole; inexpensive - most cobblers are more than up to the task; very slightly improved shock absorbtion, and when done properly, all but invisible in profile.

 

Cons: some purists hate them on principle and will pile heaps of derision upon you for using them or suggesting the same to others.

 

Neutral: they will slightly alter the "feel" of the shoe.  They won't make your shoe feel like one with a complete rubber sole - after all - the leather sole and attendant construction are still there - but they will give the shoe a slightly 'softer' feel on impact.  This may be viewed as a benefit by some, and a detriment by others.

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Can a pair of shoes have BOTH sole guards AND taps, or is it just one OR the other?eh.gif
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Can a pair of shoes have BOTH sole guards AND taps, or is it just one OR the other?eh.gif

Yes, you can have both. I had them done on an excellent fitting pair of loafers I got from Paul Stuart. Since they were blake constructed from one of the numerous Italian houses, I was concerned about potential resoling so I had both sole guards and flushed taps installed; Nick V. at VIP did the work for me.
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I use Topys or similar outsoles on a number of my shoes. 

Pros: better grip on slippery surfaces; far less susceptible to wear from the abrasive combination of salt and sand that covers most sidewalks through the winter months; significantly extends the life of the sole; inexpensive - most cobblers are more than up to the task; very slightly improved shock absorbtion, and when done properly, all but invisible in profile.

Cons: some purists hate them on principle and will pile heaps of derision upon you for using them or suggesting the same to others.

Neutral: they will slightly alter the "feel" of the shoe.  They won't make your shoe feel like one with a complete rubber sole - after all - the leather sole and attendant construction are still there - but they will give the shoe a slightly 'softer' feel on impact.  This may be viewed as a benefit by some, and a detriment by others.

This is the best option by far, IMO

I've had Topy and Vibram applied to about 12 pair of shoes after purchase before wearing over the past 17 years.


Pros= preserving the original feel and fit of your shoes, something having shoes resoled won't do.
They look better with Topy than heel and or toe taps.

I still have every shoe I applied Topy to before wearing, having replaced the Topy on 4 to 5 pairs

Cons= ZERO

An experienced shoe repairman will shave 1/16 of an inch off the sole, so that there is a seamless transition on the bottom sole.
Apply when new.
Apply when new

Did I say apply when new?
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