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Pros/Cons of Sole Protectors and Shoe Taps?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TyCooN, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. TyCooN

    TyCooN Senior member

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    I'm brand new to classic menswear. Do you personally use them? Could someone explain the pros and cons of these options?:eh: Links would be fine too if this topic has already been discussed before.
     
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    AlexE Senior member

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    I get SUNKEN metal toe taps (see the pics in this thread http://www.styleforum.net/t/266277/will-metal-toe-taps-make-my-shoes-clunky) now on all my shoes and I am very happy with it.

    Pros: Metal toe taps will protect the tips of your soles from being worn down faster than the rest. Cons: Cannot see any ... contrary to popular believe there is no clicking sound when walking in shoes with metal toe taps.
     
  3. Big Texas

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    This is generally correct, though it depends on one's gait. Typically heel taps, not toe taps, produce the clicking sound on hard floors.
     
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    TyCoon, if you're inclined to get them put in your shoes, and you know a cobbler who will do it, then go for it. Mine were a little bit slippery when new - that's the only disadvantage I've experienced.
     
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    Nick V. At B Nelson does both excellently. I have toe taps on all my leather bottom shoes; about 1/5 of my shoes have sole guards (just prefer leather bottom feel).

    Flushed toe taps are great although they do have to sand/screw into the leather sole so make sure you send them to someone reputable like Nick V. Or they might cause damage to the soles.
     
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    I use Topys or similar outsoles on a number of my shoes.

    Pros: better grip on slippery surfaces; far less susceptible to wear from the abrasive combination of salt and sand that covers most sidewalks through the winter months; significantly extends the life of the sole; inexpensive - most cobblers are more than up to the task; very slightly improved shock absorbtion, and when done properly, all but invisible in profile.

    Cons: some purists hate them on principle and will pile heaps of derision upon you for using them or suggesting the same to others.

    Neutral: they will slightly alter the "feel" of the shoe. They won't make your shoe feel like one with a complete rubber sole - after all - the leather sole and attendant construction are still there - but they will give the shoe a slightly 'softer' feel on impact. This may be viewed as a benefit by some, and a detriment by others.
     
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    TyCooN Senior member

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    Can a pair of shoes have BOTH sole guards AND taps, or is it just one OR the other?:eh:
     
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    Yes, you can have both. I had them done on an excellent fitting pair of loafers I got from Paul Stuart. Since they were blake constructed from one of the numerous Italian houses, I was concerned about potential resoling so I had both sole guards and flushed taps installed; Nick V. at VIP did the work for me.
     
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    This is the best option by far, IMO

    I've had Topy and Vibram applied to about 12 pair of shoes after purchase before wearing over the past 17 years.


    Pros= preserving the original feel and fit of your shoes, something having shoes resoled won't do.
    They look better with Topy than heel and or toe taps.

    I still have every shoe I applied Topy to before wearing, having replaced the Topy on 4 to 5 pairs

    Cons= ZERO

    An experienced shoe repairman will shave 1/16 of an inch off the sole, so that there is a seamless transition on the bottom sole.
    Apply when new.
    Apply when new

    Did I say apply when new?
     

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