Toe metal protectors

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  1. Haemus

    Haemus Well-Known Member

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    I came across some links on a recent thread at thelondonlounge. These were about the nicest pictorials I have seen providing wonderful insight into the art of boot making, resoling, maintenance. I hope Mr Alden and the venerable members of thelondonlounge (and by extension depiedencap member author Monsieur Alexis Boniface) would not object to proliferation of knowledge for the benefit of brotherhood of shoe aficionados:

    http://www.net.esa-paris.fr/~alexis_.../souliers.html
    http://lil.univ-littoral.fr/~collet/...html#entretien

    [​IMG]
     


  2. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Thanks for the links, always cool to read articles about shoe refurbishment. Really liked the piece detailing the installation of flush mounted toe taps:
    http://www.net.esa-paris.fr/~alexis_...encastres.html
    Yet, I'm surprised they entirely dismiss regular metal toe taps. If I were even remotely close to Paris, I'd drop off all my shoes at ATELIER CATTELAN for those flush mounted toe taps, those guys look very competent.
     


  3. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Does anybody know of a similar site as the above in English?

    I otherwise can find no reference to those metal toe taps... I imagine they are custom by thos cobblers? Looking for a solution for a pair of Italian shoes with pointier toes.
     


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    I wish I could find someone to do this for $18
     


  5. Shikar

    Shikar Senior member

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    I wish I could find someone to do this for $18

    +1000

    I reeealllly want those metal toe plates!

    Regards.
     


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    vitaminc Senior member

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    the flush mounted toe protectors look very nice. can it be done by a normal cobbler?
     


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    Somebody did a thread on this yesterday I am trying to remeber what the hell they called it. In any case if you live near any military post the cobblers outside base will do it for under $20. when i was in color guard we were required to have metal taps on heels and toes. Anyone in the DC area you will definately be able to get them down by arlington,Va and Ft Meyer everyone in the Old Guard is required to have them as well.
     


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    Eustace Senior member

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    There is a cobbler I go to in Chicago that will do it, but he prefers not to because he has to shave the tip of the sole. I just get the raised metal taps, which I don't find noticeable at all when walking, but the flush taps do look pretty awesome. Today I got taps put on two pairs of shoes, some shoe conditioner and cordovan polish for $11. Not too bad.
     


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    Does anybody know of a similar site as the above in English?

    translate.google.com is your friend [​IMG]

    Turns it into a readable english version, but as with all online translators sometimes misses the point. Gave me the gist of it though.

    K
     


  10. voxsartoria

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    The one issue with flush plates being retrofitted, rather than made with that in mind, is that the welt would have to be cut around the toe.

    Seems like a plus minus type of thing: you put the plate on to save the toe, but then you lose the welting to rely just on glue.

    If it is made with that in mind, it's rockin.' I get flush rubber toe plates on my MTO Vass, but they finish the welt around that, as they do in the bespoke versions in this thread.

    - B
     


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    translate.google.com is your friend [​IMG]

    Turns it into a readable english version, but as with all online translators sometimes misses the point. Gave me the gist of it though.

    K


    Yeah- did that. [​IMG]

    Talked to the guy regarded as among the best in the Twin Cities... he thought they might be able to fabricate something if I could get the blanks... oh well.
     


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    I get flush rubber toe plates on my MTO Vass...

    I'm looking at getting an MTO G&G in the near future. Does anyone know if G&G will put these on as part of the order?

    I've seen a lot of G&G bespoke with them added (however I can't quite afford them yet!)
     


  13. Haemus

    Haemus Well-Known Member

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    That's a manufacturer (of the Manufactum stuff, I presume):
    http://www.gowi.de/
    Go to "Schuhbedarf"

    They probably only sell wholesale.



    There is a retailer in Vienna for shoe stuff of all kind:
    http://www.schuhpfleger.at/

    they do a range of irons:
    http://www.schuhpfleger.at/show_subc...araturmaterial


    In the latter link go to Gruppe - search Eisenartikel, Beschlage - there is your hardware.
    By the way 'Stossplaetchen' & 'Stossplatten breit' made by Triumph (produce of above gowi.de) are not to be mounted flush, for those fainthearted about possible welt damage. On the other hand Triumph brand seems to be among the best in business (seen pictures of G&G, EG used Triumph). Only 'Einbauplatten' are used for flush mounting, where 'Stossplatten' are slightly concave.
    Re schuhpfleger.at I met Mr Pawlik in person at the brick and mortar shop, quite a pleasant and knowledgable gentleman, also fluent in English. They sell retail, so perhaps you may try a phone call. Vienna is GMT+1 for those across the pond.
    Lucky are those who could walk without toe protectors and yet have the sole at the toes to seem taken care for.
     


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