Well said, I guess you had similar thoughts to mine. I love the upgrade of toe taps but I don’t really want to pay for a botched or even mediocre job. $35 isn’t bad, I think Rob charges $40 and only offers Lulu, but I decided I’d rather experiment on a low risk pair of Allen Edmonds.Nice work! Echoing what I had typed in another thread:
Brought my Carmina jumpers and Galways to Nick's Shoe Repair in Toronto for flush toe plates (Lulu). Price at time of writing was $35 plus HST and about a week turnaround (not rushed, I think they can do it quicker). Nitpicking here, but I don't like the fact that they had to grind the bottom of the plates to match the contour of the sole, they should have bent the plates to fit. Also the screws used stuck out and they ground it flush. I've seen other cobblers open up the countersink to account for taller heads, make it look much cleaner. As to whether or not the outsole stitching was damaged or nicked underneath the plate I'll have to see over time as I'm not certain, but can ask - for what it's worth, they said there is a lifetime repair guarantee. Also, not entirely certain the screws are SS to match the SS plates, will see if they end up rusting....
Aside from those relatively minor points, it's not bad, and I don't think you can find better inside the city, or in Ontario. On higher end shoes, I'd recommend getting plates from the factory direct, or when you're getting a full recraft. Less chances of issues."
Super happy with my Dainite rubber sole work at Carinthia on my Okeefe shoes. They stock any size sole and heels in black. This all happen because of a new wholesale distributor on Quebec, big thanks also to Sole Survivor in Toronto who informed us of this new dainite reseller. It was really...www.styleforum.net
Dan from Heels n Soles in Sudbury has a pair of my shoes right now and he sent me photo of a very clean install of Triumph toe taps. Not really worth shipping if that’s the only job though.
I want to try Coakleys in London, but I’m usually only there for a day or two so I might see about a rush turnaround.