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Buy sunken metal toe taps

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jack2012, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. jack2012

    jack2012 New Member

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    Hi,

    I get my shoes fitted with toe taps for £35 per pair with John Lobb in London - result similar to picture below.

    [​IMG]

    Annoyingly their cobbler has started nailing these in rather than using screws. I dont know if it's laziness or being cheap, but this has now resulted in one of the taps coming out.

    I dont particularly want to buy another set as I reckon the soles only have a few months wear left in them anyway.

    Does anyone know where i can buy these - or what the proper/brand name is? - I've hunted high and low but cant find them anywhere.

    Many thanks in advance

    Jack
     
  2. Peterboy

    Peterboy New Member

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    Jack, have you found a supplier for the screws, or toe plates yet?

    Regards
    Jan P. Myhre
     
  3. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Mr Myhre, are you looking to sell or you need to find a supplier?
     
  4. Peterboy

    Peterboy New Member

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    I am hoping to assist Jack with whatever he needs, concerning toe plates.
    Thank you

    JP
     
  5. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Such a generous offer [​IMG]

    In your experience, which type of toe plates do you prefer? Those Triumph ones? Or those lulu metal toe plates?
     
  6. Peterboy

    Peterboy New Member

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  7. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Leather & Grindery in New Malden (Greater London) supplies Lulu and Triumph toe plates:

    http://www.leatherandgrindery.com/lulu-toe-plates-metal?keyword=toe

    http://www.leatherandgrindery.com/Triumph-Brass-Toe-Plates?keyword=toe


    The screws are are a bit more difficult to get.
    Standard woodworking screws are not small enough and a model maker supply is your best bet.

    Brass screws size 3/8" x 2 fit Triumph plates and single soles (Lulus might have even smaller holes.)
    I got them from here:

    http://www.alwayshobbies.com/compon...-screws/brass-countersunk-screws-$9--2-x-3$18

    Hope that helps!
     
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  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    @bengal-stripe 3/8" screws? Why not 1/4" screws be long enough? Also, do you know if UK uses the same screw sizing system as the US, so your #2 3/8" is equivalent to #2 3/8" US? For the US system its based on fraction of an inch, #2 is 5/64" AFAIK.

    @Nick V. What size screws do you use for sunken toe plates?

    Vass and SC probably don't use lulu toe plates as they have similar appearance but different hole placements for sizing.
     

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