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Toe taps

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ambulance Chaser, May 27, 2005.

  1. Prestige SC

    Prestige SC New Member

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    Hi atia2,

    Toe plates are equally used as heel plates these days and many people buy multiple sets. It's true that there is limited wear to the toe for many shoes, but this combats the most common wear to the heels. As there is a large variety of sizing available, they can be used for ladies and gents heels, so are increasingly being used for ladies shoes. However, I do agree that they are certainly aesthetic, although not to overlook the protection factor offered to the heels.

    Best,

    PSC
     
  2. Chowkin

    Chowkin Senior member

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    Not really. There are poor guys like me who cannot afford factory recrafts and the average cobblers do not, or cannot, replace the welt
     
  3. Prestige SC

    Prestige SC New Member

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    Hi Chowkin,

    Regardless of budget, there are so many of us who cherish our shoes. My most favourite are a Jeffery West Bulldog punch hole slip on pair which have been repaired many a time. They are 9 years old and look as good as new through respectful maintenance. I have been using toe plates for several years and one of the reasons for turning this product commercial, as I know there are many others like me, who have a budget and need good value for money. These toe plates can be acquired for less than £2.00 and will add years to any footwear. I am not here to promote our products, quite simply to share love of footwear and preserve as much as possible!

    PSC
     
  4. atia2

    atia2 Senior member

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    This is a good point, which also occurred to me after I posted. I'm lucky enough to live in central London, which means I can drop shoes off to be recrafted with no ancillary cost. With the exception of EG (and presumably JLP) the cost of a factory recraft without toe plates is comparable to that of a cobbler's resoling with toe plates. I would prefer the former since it involves relasting, rewelting, and limited repairs to uppers and linings. However, if one has to post shoes to Northampton, especially from overseas, the local cobbler might start to make more sense.
     
  5. Chowkin

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    You're lucky. I sent my EG through the local retailer for a factory resole and it cost me a whopping £250! If I go to my local cobbler, it ranges from the cheapest £50 (passable) to around £100.
     
  6. atia2

    atia2 Senior member

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    Yes, EG is currently running at £205 direct with the factory or via the shop in Jermyn Street. I would guess Lobb is similar. Resellers may charge a mark-up, which presumably includes shipping.

    This is expensive. I am currently considering whether to have my only EGs recrafted. They have a few nasty scratches and some frayed stitching and I could put the £205 towards another shoe. On the other hand, they are on the "great 88", won't be made again, and fit my shallow foot like a glove. It's a tough call at that price.

    The other makers charge around £100 for a factory repair, e.g. C&J £120, Grenson £95 (and they still support Masterpieces), AS £90, etc. Loake is less, around £60 I think.

    A competent London cobbler will ask £75-95 for a full resole (same welt, cobbler's last) and an extra £25-35 for French plates to protect the welt s/he cannot replace.
     
  7. josef1

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    Hello!

    Sharing my little DIY "toe tap". I live in the Philippines and it seems that no one here provides a service for flush metal toe taps. The closest I found were the plastic ones that are nailed on although aesthetically, this route didnt settle well with me and having nails dig in my new soles felt painful. I still tend to wear off the toes on my leather sole shoes more rapidly though so having 2 new pairs, I found a cheap but (i believe to be) a somewhat good way to provide a little bit of protection at the same time keeping the sleek aesthetic of a leather sole. Pretty simple, I just lined up electric tape to the tip, cut around the sole, then just tapped on it and the edges with a blunt object to really get it stuck on and viola! I know, this seems like an odd way but It seems to work pretty well by adding a thin layer of protection from grinding the toes away. I have yet to wear my shoes long enough to see how the adhesive would do later on but electric tapes are usually very sticky so hoping it lasts. I guess this could apply as well to some grip tape if you have that. I can post pics if youre interested haha

    Cheers!
     
  8. Mobius5

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    So, I think I could be a good candidate for toe taps....

    These are Chruch's Consul, but I have a pair of older more worn Loake Aldwich which have far less toe wear.

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  9. Mobius5

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    Now with toe taps courtesy of ShoeHealer...

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  10. Chowkin

    Chowkin Senior member

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    Very nice. May I know how much the resole and the toe tap cost individually? Thanks
     
  11. Mobius5

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    Copied straight from my email from ShoeHealer:

    "‘...Rendenbach' branded Oak Bark leather with a matching leather/rubber heel top. As part of the process we would also fit a new leather heel stack and latex heel cushion, and whats sets us apart from most is that we also remove all of the original welt stitching. The best Toe Plate would be ‘flush fitting’ where we cut away some of the leather and the plate is screwed in position."

    Don't have separate costs but all together that was GBP£110 (inc VAT) plus £10 postage.

    The quality of work is excellent. Oh and the latex heel cushion makes a noticeable difference too.
     
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  12. Chowkin

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    Many thanks. That's excellent value for money!
     

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