What are those metal things on the bottom of the heels called?

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  1. SuitMyself

    SuitMyself Senior member

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    What are those metal things on the bottom of the heels called?

    Thanks!



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    is this a trick question? taps
     


  3. SuitMyself

    SuitMyself Senior member

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    is this a trick question?



    No.
     


  4. The Shoe Snob

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    they are 'heel taps' in the States but it might differ depending on where you are from....I am sure that in England they have another name for them

    Bengal Stripe, can you confirm this??
     


  5. SuitMyself

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    they are 'heel taps' in the States but it might differ depending on where you are from....I am sure that in England they have another name for them

    Bengal Stripe, can you confirm this??



    Thanks!

    It'd be nice to have them put on my shoes because I always wear out the heels on the outer edges--I guess it's because my back is out of alignment or that I walk lopsided or something like that.
     


  6. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    Heel taps. I have them on many of my shoes for the same reason.
     


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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am sure that in England they have another name for them

    I believe the ones in the photograph are made of rubber or plastic, which (as far as I know) are not available in the UK. The metal ones (regardless of manufacturer) are generally known here as "Blakey's"

    http://www.blakeys-segs.co.uk/
     


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    George Senior member

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    ^I always new them as Seggs, but that may change from region to region.
     


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    When I was a nipper 'segs' was a generic term for any metal protector you put on the soles of your shoes although IIRC the brand name segs were like drawing pins/ thumb tacks. Blakeys were the swollen horseshoe shaped segs like in the picture which were also metal but I think you could get rubber ones. Heel taps were the ones inserted by a cobbler, much more permanent than anything you bought over the counter and hammered in. Not recommended for cat burglars.
     


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    is this a trick question? taps

    +1. Thought it was a trick quest also. I have them on the back of all my shoes. A shoe repair here in NYC can do it for $4(tops.) I don't even wear new shoes w/o getting them put on.
     


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    And if anyone wants the shoes pictured (Allen Edmonds; Size 8D) they are yours for $50 (includes shipping to CONUS). PM me.
     


  12. mlongano

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    In the old days we called them "cleats".
     


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    Those don't look like they are flush to the sole. I can't imagine walking in them...
     


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    Those don't look like they are flush to the sole. I can't imagine walking in them...

    doesn't bother me.
     


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    Roger Everett Senior member

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    I remember back in high school, kids put them on their shoes to make noise. Ofcourse you could always do a "Stepin Fechet" tap dance and pass a cup around for drink money. But if anyone walked in my house, on the hardwood or carpet with those scratching, carpet snaging things on, they're going out right now, feet first or head first.
     


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