Originally Posted by chipshot
Hi Nick! I have some new Whiskey LWB's and Chukka's coming. I tend to wear the toes on the double soled loafers and have had recessed metal toe taps placed in those. Do you think I should do the same with these lace ups? Haven't worn a lace up in quite some time. I wear these lace ups a little larger to allow for toe room whereby the loafers I wear 1/2 size down and the toes are at the front of the toe box, more of a moccasin fit. Maybe this explains the excessive toe wear durning break-in. Your thoughts? I would be happy to send them to you for recessed taps... you charge ? for that service. Thanks so much, you are so kind to answer all these questions on this site! Good man!
Try wearing you new shoes a few times and observe the wearing at the toe after each wearing, If you see that the toe is wearing at a quicker pace than the rest of the sole then the sunken metal toe plates are appropriate. I find that the toes on doubled soled footwear normally wear quicker.
I suspect there are 2 reasons for this:
1. Double soles are heavier.
2. They are less flexible than single soled.
Also, the larger size lace up may contribute to wearing the toe prematurely.
Sometimes it's all about the wearer's gait and strictly that. Could be the case with you as well.