Brass Nails used to impede shoe wear

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  1. lucidream

    lucidream Active Member

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    The following images are, in my opinion, examples of brass nails used to protect soles in common wear areas.

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    I'm wondering if anyone has any knowledge base on this?

    My goal is to have a cobbler add these as an alternative to shoe taps, and to slow down the wear of my heals. Curious what level of success I may achieve?
     


  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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    Don't waste you time. Just have rubber or alternatively tips or recessed plates.
     


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    i too am curious..
     


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    You'll skid a lot if you have nails in your heels...
     


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  6. lucidream

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    Still hoping to get some first hand experience on this topic, as all replies to date seem to be general? I don't have a local cobbler that does recessed taps, the ones I had installed are also now rusting. I'm looking for a far more elegant solution. I may simply have a cobbler add some brass nails to some so-so florsheims that I have as an experiment, but I don't want to topy or add unrecessed taps to any more shoes.
     


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    That solution is not elegant....unless after shaking someone's hand, you take off your shoes and show them the bottom!
    Just get rubber...
     


  8. dbhdnhdbh

    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    Elegance is in the eye of the beholder. If the OP likes the look, why not? But you don't need a cobbler for this, just some nails. Give it a try and see what you think. You may have to keep up with countersinking as the softer material around the nails wears down.

    Just make sure the nails are short enough that they do not go too far through the toe. Heels, no problem. The nails and V cleat of the old Florsheims are slippery. You may want something over them to avoid landing on your face.
     


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    Let us know what you find. I too think they are a better solution than plastic especially if you don't have a b.nelson in your town.
     


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    onix Senior member

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    As a related discussion, this is how I solved my problem, nearly 3 years ago (see original discussion). They worked beautifully. I now don't do that anymore, since I now have enough shoes in my rotation.

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    I spent some time chatting with a bespoke shoe maker when i visited Florence (her site http://www.saskiascarpesumisura.com/it/) and she was of the opinion that nails in the heels are purely decorative and do nothing for increasing longevity in the sole. She will add nails for the shoes she makes for display purposes but doesn't for any of the actual shoes for her clients.
     


  12. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    IS that a piece of leather?
     


  13. lucidream

    lucidream Active Member

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    yes, suede

    edit: I maintain that this is a topic that has been touched upon in insufficient depth.
     
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    That's very clever, a little piece of suede glued on the tip. That looks very nice, albeit only works in dry days. Thanks for sharing.
     


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    Anyone has experience with this?

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