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Taps for crepe soled shoes?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by AWorkInProgress, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. AWorkInProgress

    AWorkInProgress Starting Member

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    United States
    Arizona
    Tucson
    I put heel taps on most of my shoes to lessen the uneven wear. I just purchased two pairs of Clarks Desert Boots and was wondering if it would be practical to put them on a crepe soled shoe, such as this.

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  2. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    Illinois
    Chicago
    I'm really not sure how that would even work.

    The crepe soles are soft and I'm wondering how the heel taps would find purchase.

    I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. tda003

    tda003 Senior Member

    975
    United States
    Georgia
    St. Simons Island
    ^+1 AND the nais used to hold taps on your shoes, due the compressibility of the soles would quickly push trough to the sole of your foot. From experience, I can unequivocally state that that hurts a lot.

    There may be glue on taps, but I don't know about them.
     
  4. Langham

    Langham Honors Member

    England
    Kent
    Tenterden
    Crepe rubber is possibly the softest wearing of any type of sole material. I quite like it, but I'm afraid crepe should be at the bottom of the list for anyone bothered by sole wear. Do Clark's offer a resoling service?
     
  5. Fraser Tartan

    Fraser Tartan Senior Member

    601
    United States
    California
    SF
    I applied a film of clear, translucent Shoe Goo to the contact surface of the heels of a pair of Clark's desert boots. The film wore much more slowly than the crepe rubber would have from my past experience. The contact surface remained shinier than crepe rubber alone but it would not have been obvious to others when worn what I had done. I only covered the heel as that is what wears most quickly for me.

    I'd be worried about crepe rubber not being dense enough to retain the nails used for the taps. I'd expect that Barge cement would work but I think you'd have a problem when it came time to replace the taps.
     
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  6. Nick V

    Nick V Senior Member

    717
    United States
    New York
    New York
    Cement only is not enough. They would need to be nailed on as well. I don't recommend doing that though. As mentioned the crepe is to soft and will not hold the nails. The nails may not pull straight out they may pull out on an angle damaging the crepe.
     
  7. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Florida
    Harmony
    ^^Nick V:
    Can you replace the plantation crepe soles on a pair of Alden ALL Weather Walker's with a leather tipped plantation crepe sole, such as Alden uses? :icon_scratch:
     
  8. Nick V

    Nick V Senior Member

    717
    United States
    New York
    New York
    ^Yes.
     
  9. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    Florida
    Harmony
    Thank you,sir. I will have a pair coming your way shortly.
     

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