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San Francisco : Anyone know of a place where I can have toe taps installed?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by k4lnamja, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. k4lnamja

    k4lnamja Senior member

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    Also, what are the advantages of getting the metal ones vs the plastic ones?

    Cheers
     
  2. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Most people here use flush metal toe plates rather than toe taps. No place in SF to do that to my knowledge though.
     
  3. k4lnamja

    k4lnamja Senior member

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    Thank you, LIquidus! I may ask a tailor or maybe a representative at Wilkes.

    Cheers
     
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    bespoken4me Senior member

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    I don't know if you are asking for flush caps or not, but if simple plastic capping, you can purchase cheaply on EBay, and install yourself. They come with caps and nails, you provide the tap hammer and sweat. Until recently ( 1980's forward) Very few people ever used toe caps, even with bespoke or MTO. Most sole wear is generally off of heel and mid sole. Yes, there are some who pronate when walking and actually lift off of toe , but 99% do not and toe wear is so neglible that the rest of sole will require resolving before there is any appreciable wear at all on toe.
    It is, in other words, an aesthetic. If sitting, with legs crossed, you want to convey the quality of shoe with Fiddlebacks, sole painting, flushed toe caps- so be it.
    Hell, I started wearing EG in the 80's and NO ONE got toe caps. I am sorry , as this becomes a bit of a peeve for me as most wearers never knew of until Vass and a few others offered . Really? Do you need, or do you want, so others can see the architectural flourish of the shoe.
     
  6. driftking

    driftking Well-Known Member

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    No one in SF. Send your shoes to B. Nelson..
     
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    mhdena Senior member

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    I used to put taps on the toes, sides and heels.

    20 years ago I stopped and went to Topy, have it applied to brand new never worn shoes and replace it as it wears.

    A Topy sole looks much better than taps as a side benefit.
     
  8. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Or you could just replace leather soles as they wear.
     
  9. bespoken4me

    bespoken4me Senior member

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    I completely agree, and the investment really pays off as sole never needs to be replaced- highly practical and functional as well
     

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