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    Do you add toe taps to your leather shoes?

    Joe had an article posted about topy/rubber protection, but what about toe taps? Do you guys put them on your shoes? I think I prefer without anything, but I am wondering if I am really doing myself a disservice by not using toe taps. Having a cobbler replace an entire sole must be pricey no?


    For me the toe is the part of the sole to wear the least since it sees some of the least force compared to the ball and heel. My shoes wear on the inside back part of the heel, and the outside ball. If anything I would consider heel taps. I imagine most of us have an irregularly balanced gait and we all wear out our shoes differently though.

    I probably won't go through with taps because I don't want to "announce my presence" (as JC put it in another thread) any more than leather soles already do. Toe and heal taps would just make my walk that much louder.

    I've seen prices for resoling dress shoes go from $50 locally to $99 at Allen Edmonds through their redrafting program.

    My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs



      Yes that's one of the reasons I don't have taps as well, additionally I don't want to damage any hardwood floors, which is rare to do with taps, but can happen.

      However, if you wear out the toe, do cobblers generally have to do a whole outer sole replacement? Or can they just file down the sole near the toe and replace just the small section with something?



        I've never had toe-wearing be a problem. Same as yacko, it's the inside on the heel. I have heel taps on 1 pair of shoes, and no toe taps, nor do I think I need them



          I have some of both. I found heel taps more useful in preventing wear, but the dramatically reduced traction. Toe taps were just as noisy but didn't have as much of a positive impact on longevity.



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