My solution for toe taps

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  1. onix

    onix Senior member

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    Here is my solution for the toe tap: a piece of suede leather glued in using super glue Pros: - Total control of aesthetic and color (not ugly as normal taps out there) - None slippery (since it's suede) - tested on several surfaces - Easily removable and make no mark - Super cheap ($7 leather + $3 glue = at least 5 pairs -> $2/pair) - Wear out slower than rubber - No noise Cons: - DIY (about 10-15 mins a pair)
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    Update 1 (Mar 7, 2010): After 1 full day of walking (roughly 6-7 miles) around on many types of unusual surfaces (ice + salt, muddy grass, pebbles, rough cement). Looks totally fine.
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  2. JohnnyCrockett

    JohnnyCrockett Senior member

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    Nick at B. Nelson did this for me on a pair of C&Js which needed it badly (I wear out the toes way too fast) and he did an incredible job..even stitched the leather toe tap in, so after wearing a few times it doesn't even look like any "surgery" was done. He did it very quickly, too...maybe in a day.

    Nick does really really good work.
     
  3. onix

    onix Senior member

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    I didn't think of this at all. But on my way back to work today, I stopped by a craft store, and found out that they have several types of leather. Work quite well, those I can't do any stitching :p.
     
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    Here is my solution for the toe tap: a piece of suede leather glued in using super glue
    Neat job.
     
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    Great idea, I plan on trying this.

    EZ
     
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    Looks great. Can you just cut the suede with an x-acto knife, or do you need something a bit more heavy duty?
     
  7. onix

    onix Senior member

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    Neat job.
    Great idea, I plan on trying this.

    EZ


    Thanks

    Looks great. Can you just cut the suede with an x-acto knife, or do you need something a bit more heavy duty?

    Just normal kitchen scissors (mine is a Shun FWIW). The leather is about 2.5mm thick
     
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    Thanks
    Just normal kitchen scissors (mine is a Shun FWIW). The leather is about 2.5mm thick


    Did you just apply this directly on top of the leather sole?
     
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    onix Senior member

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    Did you just apply this directly on top of the leather sole?

    Yes
     
  10. somerandomguy66

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    Nice. I think I will be doing this.
    A better glue to use would probably be barge cement or shoe goo, yeah?
     
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    I'm going to pick up some leather scraps tomorrow and try that out, only stiched on (got an awl and I'm not afraid to use it). Great idea, also solves the noise problem.

    Actually, I may not try that tomorrow since I need to send the shoes I would be trying it on off for new heels before I wear them again, but still a really cool idea.
     
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    What kind of glue would one use for this?
     
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    onix Senior member

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    What kind of glue would one use for this?

    Nice. I think I will be doing this.
    A better glue to use would probably be barge cement or shoe goo, yeah?


    I just picked up a $3 tube of Duco Cement at a local hardware store. Easy to use, dry not too fast, but not too slow -> you can put the piece of leather in and take your time adjust to the right place, and no mess on your hand. The instruction said that it takes 15 mins for the glue to set, 30-60 mins to hold tightly, and 16 hours to reach the maximum strength.

    There might be better glues out there, but this works very well already.
     
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    ^^ Do you need to apply pressure to the tap during this time?
     
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    Wonderfully simple solution, I've been looking for some kind of simple, stylish solution to my toe wear problem for some time. Will definitely try it out
     

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