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Do you add shoe taps to rubber soles?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieselman89, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Distinguished Member

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    Yes that my problem! I round them out and I've only worn them 2-3 times. It only cost $5-$10 at my local shoe man. I will request no nails, using glue some type of stick sounds like a great idea.

    nice profile pic btw
     


  2. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Not all...in fact, by definition, none...shoe repairmen/cobblers make shoes.

    But all cordwainers repair shoes...if only the ones they make.

    Of course no one wants to repair shoes if they could be making them. Which, I suspect, is why Traditional techniques evolved the way they did--to forestall having to repair a shoe for as long as possible, without ruining the basic structure in the meantime.
     
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    stevent Distinguished Member

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    What type of soles exactly? I have the Lombards with the executive sole and it's wearing down unexpectedly fast.
     


  4. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Distinguished Member

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    Just got taps added to my rubber soled AE. Cobbler said a glue type app. would work but would not last very long.
     


  5. dieselman89

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    I have the Van Ness and the back soles wore down very quickly. I chose to get taps. I am very surprised...
     


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    KObalto Distinguished Member

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    Do you mean the heels? Are we talking about heel taps or or toe taps? :confused:
     


  7. dieselman89

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    I had the taps added to the heels, my bad.
     


  8. KObalto

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    Nails would have been fine.
     


  9. dieselman89

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    Sounds great. So another similar but slightly off-topic question. I purchased a pair of strands. I plan on wearing these shoes outside a lot. My shoe repairman has suggested to remove the leather soles and replace it with a goodyear rubber sole. Has anyone had any experience doing this?
     


  10. Winston S.

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    I would get them Topy'd, but there are purists that think you should just wear the leather souls out. In the long run, if you Topy they will last longer and you won't need to resole (app. $100 - $150) just re-Topy ($30 - $40). Some will argue that Topying will restrict the leather from breathing, but I'm not sure if I believe that.
     


  11. dieselman89

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'll probably do it with topy. I'm thinking for the price of recrafting you can purchase a pair of seconds on sale.
     
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  12. KObalto

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    If your cobbler is suggesting that you replace brand new leather soles with rubber soles, you need a new cobbler. If he is suggesting you replace them with rubber when they wear out, that is different.
     


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    They are a very reputable cobbler in the area. What's done is done I guess
     


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