Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Oct 1, 2011.
Great shine on those!
When can we expect the next RL Private Sale?
looks great! i wish the 325 last fit me better. the lindrick fits great but i cant seem to get the sizing down on the PTB and Wingtip. TTS is too big, 1/2 size down too tight.
A trio of Marlows:
I have had metal toe taps and topy applied to the sole of the wingtips. I'll get the PTB similarly done next week and then add them into the rotation. I'm still in two minds as to whether I should get both done to the PTBs or just the toe taps.
Any thoughts one way or the other?
have you worn the shoes before adding the topy?
No, should I have done so? This is my only shoe with topy so far.
I have a number of other shoes to which I'm planning to have toe taps put on and potentially topy as well. Any concerns?
according to several shoemakers i've spoken to - yes. understood, that adding topy to a leather soled shoe is the second best idea. in other words. imo, every reputable craftsman will not recommend it. there's a reason why shoes are made with either leather or rubber soles. hope that helps.
There is a caveat to this; if you live (and spend time outside) in a wet climate, leather soles will wear very quickly, toe taps will not prevent wear at the balls of your feet.
read what i wrote, please.
Thanks for the information, fritzl. Based on this, I'll hold off applying topy to the other pairs but proceed with the toe taps. With regard to the pair that's already had the topy applied, should I leave it as it is or is it possible to get the topy removed (and is this something I should do)?
I'd read this discussion before you decide to remove the topy because you think it is "bad" for the shoe: http://www.styleforum.net/t/179041/my-first-shoes-with-topy-put-on
It appears that while some people don't like how they look, or don't like the "idea" of covering up a leather sole...most would agree that a topy is not going to cause any harm. This is both consistent with my own experience and in line with what has been communicated to me by a few longtime shoemakers and cobblers.
Thanks for that!
please, leave as is. it does no harm, no worries. the people whom i talked to recommended that the shoes should be broken in, if you deceide for the topy route. i assume you'll not stop buying shoes. just look for rubber soled options when you consider a new purchase and you're fine.
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