URGENT -- Protective heel & toe rubber taps

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  1. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    What about flush mounted metal toe taps?
     


  2. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Where can I buy these heel taps and toe taps? What kind of stores sell them?

    Thanks!


    Let me warn you about plastic heel taps. They are quite uncomfortable. I sent all of my shoes to B. Nelson in NYC to have flush mounted toe taps. I left the heel alone. As long as you have some shoes in rotation, the heel will take time to wear down.
     


  3. fritzl

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    Nobody is answering this in my other thread so I resurrected this one.

    After I have the heel savers put on, I walk around awkwardly clomping like I was in high heels. And I feel like I'm in high heels. What's wrong [​IMG]


    1. the plastic ones are rubbish

    2. heel taps either rubber, metal, teflon, plastic have to be installed flush, period
     


  4. JesseJB

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    What about flush mounted metal toe taps?

    Can these be installed when the sole at the toe has worn down a bit? I really don't want to re-sole just because a couple millimeters of the front of the sole has worn out.
     


  5. NOBD

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    Can these be installed when the sole at the toe has worn down a bit? I really don't want to re-sole just because a couple millimeters of the front of the sole has worn out.

    Yes.
     


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    Can these be installed when the sole at the toe has worn down a bit?

    this should be the case.
     


  7. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Can these be installed when the sole at the toe has worn down a bit? I really don't want to re-sole just because a couple millimeters of the front of the sole has worn out.
    As NOBD said, yes. I asked Nick V. this and he affirmed. He said in some cases, they add leather to build up the tip if it is really worn down. Better to get it done sooner rather than later.
     


  8. JamesX

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    You suppose to only install the taps after your shoe has worn down a little. That way the cobbler knows where you get the most wear and places the taps appropriately.

    I like Sunken Metal Plates for their aesthetics. I rarely wear down my toes but I blow through my outer heels.

    You should only resole when your center sole has been worn down. I think toes or heels can just be reinforced and tapped.
     


  9. JesseJB

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    Oh good. I was putting it off dreading the "Toe taps? you need a whole new sole because of this toe wear, you idiot!" thing. [​IMG]
     


  10. HEARTLESS-531

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    I got several packs on EBAY. Yeah, Ebay! I know
     


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    1. You suppose to only install the taps after your shoe has worn down a little. That way the cobbler knows where you get the most wear and places the taps appropriately.

    I like Sunken Metal Plates for their aesthetics. I rarely wear down my toes. 2. ...but I blow through my outer heels.

    You should only resole when your center sole has been worn down. I think toes or heels can just be reinforced and tapped.


    1. correct

    2. so here is your answer...
     


  12. OttoSkadelig

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    1. the plastic ones are rubbish.

    really? why?

    i would imagine metal would make a racket, and would be slippery as well on smooth surfaces. i have slipped far too many times on smooth airport floors and it is one of my least favorite experiences (especially with a loaded shoulder bag).

    i hate the squishy feel of rubber.

    plastic seems like a good compromise. feels crisper than rubber, reasonable longevity, and offers a bit more traction than metal.

    since all that a heel plate does is put a bit more distance between the ground and the shoe, and since they are cheap, i'm not sure how any heel plate could be verboten. if it wears out, put in a new one...

    but look forward to learning why you hold the view that you do.
     


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    really? why?

    long story short: i talk about the cheap ones, which are not installed flush.

    the rest is personal preference and the ability to walk.
     


  14. OttoSkadelig

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    long story short: i talk about the cheap ones, which are not installed flush.

    the rest is personal preference and the ability to walk.


    [​IMG]

    thank you.
     


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    What are some good brands of plastic or nylon toe/heel taps that one could acquire online (or good eBay vendors to buy from) and assemble at home?
     


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