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how to protect the sole of your shoe from easily wearing in high-wear areas

AvariceBespoke

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anyone ever use any product to help prolong the life of the original sole/shoe/heel?
 

NoVaguy

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taps or topy. lots of people add them to their shoes, although I usually don't unless for whatever reason they came that way. i have what appears to be a half-topy job on a pair of bruno magli chelseas (I think they came from the factory like that), and had toe and heel taps on a pair of C&J weymouths (bought the shoes off one of the sellers on this forum, he had the taps applied). I took the toe taps off, left the heel taps on.

any reputable cobbler should be able to handle this - i think maybe $30 but i've never had it done myself.

i think there have been quite a few threads on this in the recent past, so you might want to run a search as well on these terms.
 

AvariceBespoke

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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
taps or topy. lots of people add them to their shoes, although I usually don't unless for whatever reason they came that way. i have what appears to be a half-topy job on a pair of bruno magli chelseas (I think they came from the factory like that), and had toe and heel taps on a pair of C&J weymouths (bought the shoes off one of the sellers on this forum, he had the taps applied). I took the toe taps off, left the heel taps on.

any reputable cobbler should be able to handle this - i think maybe $30 but i've never had it done myself.

i think there have been quite a few threads on this in the recent past, so you might want to run a search as well on these terms.


im looking to do this on a pair of brown ferragamo monk shoes brand new

do these alterations looks strange? the shoes are very sleek
 

billiebob

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Topy will be bearly if done correctly. It's around 2mm thick. I do it to shoes I plan to wear in the rain. I also use heel and toe taps on top of the topy, because I wear them out extremely quickly otherwise.

For my best dress shoes, I only apply topy to the heel and toe, which really makes a difference in the longevity, but doesn't change the walking characteristics at all.

I really feel heel taps when walking, but not so much the small toe taps.

I do my topy work myself, buying supplies at a popular nyc shoe repair supply store.
 

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I'm eyeing a pair of used AEs on eBay that has plastic toe taps. I know that metal taps are usually installed by removing some of the sole but plastic are not. So what I'm wondering is, what are the chances that I can remove the taps and replace them with topys without having to have them resoled? Also, are the taps covering up wear? The shoe's uppers look very good but usually I try and gauge a bid based on sole wear...
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Originally Posted by Jared
what are the chances that I can remove the taps and replace them with topys without having to have them resoled?
Although I'm not a cobbler, I think that they are Topyable in their present state.
 

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Originally Posted by Tomasso
Although I'm not a cobbler, I think that they are Topyable in their present state.
+1, there's not much wear there and you can see the taps were put on when new since there is no wear just behind them.
 

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There is no wear under those taps and the shoes are perfectly topyable. I've topied (lots of new words here) soles that were already well worn and they turned out to stick even better to the worn soles than had I applied them to new soles.

I STILL use plastic toe taps (though smaller than those on your shoes) because even topy is no match for pavement if you wear your toes out like I do.
 

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Does anyone know where I can buy topy material online? I've been looking for the longest time, with no success.
 

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From what I understand from cobblers, you have to slightly sand a new sole to topy it or it won't stick.
 

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Originally Posted by A Harris
Does anyone know where I can buy topy material online? I've been looking for the longest time, with no success.

bump!

I'd like to know too . . .
 

skalogre

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Originally Posted by Leaveitothexperts
bump!

I'd like to know too . . .


So would I - plus brass toe taps
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