I always find it interesting to see how different cultures like different things when it comes to their footwear, whether it be in regards to fit, how to treat the sole, how to polish etc. Well, the combination of added rubber pieces to your soles mixed with toe plates is a very common amongst the French speaking part of the European world. While it is especially very common in Paris, you will also find many of those living in Geneva adding these two bits as well. It’s almost their staple signature. And while I am personally not crazy about adding rubber bits for my own shoes (because I don’t live in a climate that I feels warrants it), I find them infinitely better when the toe piece is added. I don’t know why but I just do. Maybe my fascination is purely aesthetic as I like the idea of the rubber and the metal combined.
That being, for those of you who also like to protect your soles in this fashion but live in London where not so many offer such a package deal, fret not as my good friend Tony of Tony’s Heel Bar can take care of it for you. He is located in Crown Passage, just off of St. James in Central London. Pricing is as follows
Toe Plates with Nails: £25
Toe Plates with Screws (much better): £30
Rubber Bottoms: £20
Rubber Bottoms + Toe Plates with Nails: £45
Rubber Bottoms + Toe Plates with Screws (what you see here): £50