Originally Posted by diorshoe
You're definitely much, much more of a shoe expert than I am, but my impression is that those thin topys are applied with rubber cement on top of the existing leather, which is left alone... I don't believe there to be any cutting out of the existing leather... And of course the heel topys are attached with small nails or tacks. However I could be wrong and welcome other opinions on this... personally I prefer shoes un-topyd -- I think the topy covering detracts from the overall aesthetics of the shoe - especially egregious on a shoe as beautiful as the revered Vass U-Last.
Granted, the topys aren't noticed when the shoe is being worn, but as we all know, many of our shoes spend more time in our hands (being admired) than on our feet!