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Topys in Toronto?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by needhelp, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. needhelp

    needhelp Member

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    Anyone know a decent cobbler downtown that is good with topys? Anyone have experience with any other sole protector brands?

    Thanks!
     


  2. csheehan

    csheehan Active Member

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    I use Gerry's Shoe Repair in Hydro Place. He uses Topy material and does a good job for $25. I haven't had any put on in a while so the price may be out of date. I've never used anyone else since he is close and I can leave them in the morning and pick them up the same day after work.
     


  3. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    There's a shoe repair place in the Standard Life building (121 King West) that I've seen advertising Topy's.

    I've never used them though.
     


  4. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Senior member

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    Novelty Shoe Repair.

    Yonge Street just north of Front Street

    Novelty Shoe Rebuilders Limited : Toronto, ON
    119 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5C 1W4
    416-364-8878

    There is a thread over at AAAC:
    http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...ad.php?t=68323



    As for my own experience,
    I have never used them.

    I phoned them recently to see if they could build me a new sole for my old
    Florsheim Kenmoors.
    The man on the phone didn't have a clue what a 'V Cleat' was,
    or the 65 nails that I would want on the new sole.

    In my opinion,
    a reputable repair shop will know about the old Florsheims.

    To be fair,
    I have never used them yet,
    so cannot comment on their work.

    Hope the above link is of use to you.
     


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    doink Senior member

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    I have had relatively good luck with Novelty.

    I expect speaking to them on the phone difficult due to language and accent issues.
     


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    Novelty came highly recommended from the Harry Rosen Manager at FCP. They send all their clients there apparently for recrafting of shoes.

    Then again, I have never used them but I will give them a shot in the near future for topys.
     


  7. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    Sorry in advance for resurrecting a dead thread, but I was just curious if most of the Toronto-based SFers here would recommend putting Topys on a good quality leather-soled dress shoe. I'm currently in the market for a pair of high-quality black captoes, and will likely be picking up some AE Park Avenues. However, I commute downtown on the TTC, and dread to think of the toll that Toronto's wet, salty, slushy winter conditions will take on them (not to mention the toll from concrete sizewalks, escalator steps, etc). I've read a few people on SF suggest that topys are unneccesary, but I suspect that many of them may live in warmer winter climates. Would using a galosh over the leather soles be a better alternative? I would worry about scuffing on the shoe, though. Any thoughts/opinions/perspectives from my fellow T-dotters would be greatly appreciated.
     


  8. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    I don't love the idea of Topys to protect against the salt and slush of Toronto sidewalks. You and I both know that puddles and slush run much deeper than the thin Topy glued to the sole of your shoe. You're really not "protecting" anything if you think about it. If I were you, I'd invest in a pair of SWIMS over shoes to protect your new AEs. If you want to truly protect them, this is the way to go.

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    They come in black too...but thats no fun :satisfied:
     


  9. Ebichuman

    Ebichuman Senior member

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    My sentiment is similar to the post above. I moved recently and my commute increased (TTC). I bought SWIMS at the Bay and love them. I think they are a great way to protect your shoes.
     


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    Big +1 on swims, used them for the last three winters in TO and they have been great - very durable and great protection. I think using a good galosh negates the need for topy's. I don't even get comments on them, they look really good, IMHO. I have a pair of older black rubber galoshes that people always comment on, but for some reason, no one notices or comments on the swims...
     
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  11. Firefox

    Firefox Senior member

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    Thanks for the great advice everyone, this is really helpful. I hadn't even heard of Swims before. Just one question: what kind of lining is inside of the swim? I'm assuming it's something soft that wouldn't scuff the leather upper of the shoe?
     


  12. aragon765

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    Yes, in fact they advertise the lining will act as a polisher on the shoes while worn... While I have not experienced this, they certainly will not scuff your shoes... Never heard of that being an issue.
     
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    It's almost like a fine "flannel" texture inside. It wont damage your shoes. :satisfied:
     
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  14. Firefox

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    Awesome, sounds like I have my solution. I'll have to stop by The Bay once I have the shoes and pick up a pair of Swims. If I end up ordering the shoes online, I may see if I can kill two birds with one stone and order them together.

    Thanks!
     


  15. othertravel

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    I'm going to go for swims too; very helpful thread.
     


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