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  • tapgrrl 11:47 pm on October 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Who is Tapgrrl? 

    A new participant in the blog asked me to tell him about myself and my interest in wearing shoes with metal taps on them. So I compiled a list of the main blog postings in which I talked about myself, and I replied to him in a comment on one of these many pages. But I thought others might want to see this snapshot, so I’m copying the whole comment here FYI.

    I’ve written a lot on this blog about how I got into wearing taps and what I like about them, etc. So as to not wear out my fingers, let me lead you to a few of the older postings and then I’d be happy to answer questions that they didn’t cover.

    Altogether I’ve written over 150 posts on the blog over a 5 1/2 year period, and then there was the Yahoo Groups before that and even before that a website, long deceased, that I think was called InsideTheWeb.

    If you want to find the other posts not listed here, each post links backwards and forwards to the previous and next post in the series. And there are links in various places to the Yahoo group which is still up. And, as you may have noticed, there are direct links to the most recent 60 posts on the right side of every page.

    So put your reading glasses on! And enjoy!

    • Don 3:20 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It was great re-reading these posts. It is a credit to you that this site is still going strong. My wife’s bad knees have ended any tap wearing in my world. The low heeled boots that are in style are ideal candidates but I have yet to see any with taps on them although some need them because the young woman wear down the heels.

  • tapgrrl 9:17 pm on October 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    A new blog participant (Haig) and I have been posting comments to an earlier post. Some may be interested. Go to

  • tapgrrl 7:22 pm on October 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Long Overdue Photos 

    I have really neglected this blog for too long. So I will try to rectify the situation, starting with a boatload of photos for you. The first set is from TAPNUT. He can better explain what he was doing with these by commenting on the post. But I think they’re awesome! Get a load of those double horseshoes on the grey pair of loafers–you can’t even tell its not a single, very thick horseshoe tap.

    The rest of these are a sample that I’ve culled from ebay since Sept 1. I have lots more from before Sept 1, but this will be good enough to start with.

    The last photo is of a horseshoe tap that I found on the cover of a British vinyl single.













    Here’s the sample from ebay since Sept 1. As I said, I have lots more from before Sept 1, but this will be good enough to start with.

    steel heeled pumps 1

    womens flats with metal heel taps

    slingback pumps steel tipped heels 4

    Mens Wrangler boots horssshoe taps 2

    Engineer boots horseshoe taps 70s almost new 1

    womens snakeskin chunk-heeled shoes with LARGE metal HEEL and TOE taps

    womens flats-sandals metal heel taps

    wesco biker boots with alum dance taps on heels 1


    majorette boots halfmoon heel toe and side taps 1

    mens cowboy boots metal taps 2

    red mens cowboy boots horseshoe taps 3

    red mens cowboy boots horseshoe taps 1

    Lastly, the photo of a horseshoe tap that I found on the vinyl record cover. You have to blow it up to see it better.

    She's Attracted To - cover of single - horseshoe taps


    And post comments!

    • Haig 10:47 am on October 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been a fan of taps on women’s shoes since I was a teenager. I especially like steel metal heel taps on high heels. I love the sound and the thought of the pressure under her shoe. Now don’t judge me but I also like seeing women stepping on and squashing bugs and insects. Of the women on this blog, when you step on a bug do you ever try and squash him under the metal tap? Thanks

      • tapgrrl 11:01 pm on October 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome to the blog! I know about the trampling fetish, but I’ve never known anyone personally who is into that–bugs OR bodies. I don’t judge though. But I’m glad you like metal taps. If you have any photos you want me to post, send them to my email––and I will add them to the blog. Also, feel free to write more about yourself and your experiences with taps, your own or your wife’s or prior girlfriends’.

        • Damien 12:22 pm on February 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          You didn’t have permission to use that Bescalio low cut loafers photo.

  • mark12547 9:36 pm on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Last night I was rewatching “Toys” (1992) and one of the characters in army fatigues and polished army boots had taps on the heels of his boots. I never saw them, but the distinctive sound was there.

  • tapgrrl 9:08 pm on September 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Horseshoe taps for sale on ebay 

    One of the blog contributors has several sizes of horseshoe taps/plates/cleats up for sale on ebay.  Some are 2 3/4″ wide x 3″ (size 9-10 equivalent), some are 2 13/16″ wide x 3 1/8″ (10-11).

    And he also had some Super Large: 3  9/16″ wide by 3  3/4″, but the time on those ran out so you’ll have to ask him about them.  The URL for the 9-10s is

    There are other sources for horseshoe taps/plates/cleats, but I like to support our own.

    Go get ’em and start a trend!

    • Tapnut 11:36 am on September 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the plug. Actually, I can provide a further discount for direct sales to any of our crew, especially if they order more than one pair . The super large ones are actually three and a half inches wide. I will repost when I get back from vacation next week

  • cryominute 1:17 am on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Just tapping in to say Hello

    • tapboot 9:32 am on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Do you wear horseshoe taps?

    • tapgrrl 10:00 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      She used to, I believe. She once wrote that she put horseshoe taps on every pair of boots she ever wore. But I think she’s “bootless” now. Maybe she’ll write back and say some more about her history of tap-wearing. Cry–please do!

      • cryominute 11:46 am on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I am running barefoot most days at the beach.My tap days are over :(

  • tapgrrl 2:15 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sighting! A second tapgirl in my own town! 

    I know I’m not writing much now, but I had to write about last night.  My husband and I were walking into a restaurant for a late dinner, and I saw an older woman and a man about her age possibly walking out of the same restaurant about 10 feet ahead of us.  I heard the unmistakable sounds of metal taps and so I looked real hard, almost stopping in our approach to the front door of the restaurant.  At first I assumed I was hearing the man’s shoes, but then I saw HORSESHOE TAPS ON THE WOMAN’S BOOTS!!!!!  BIG ONES!!! on tall black leather sort-of-flat-heeled boots.  (I think the man had taps on his shoes also but once I saw the woman’s boots I didn’t think of anything else except staring at them and her.)  She had short gray/white hair and was wearing a black dress.  An older woman, probably in her 60s.  If I’d had any sense I would have run up to her and ask her about herself and her horseshoe taps, but it was so sudden, I couldn’t react fast enough.  I grabbed my husband’s arm so I could finish watching the couple walk towards their car, but I was dumbstruck.  Then he opened the restaurant’s door for me, and I blindly followed his lead and went inside.

    It was a good meal but the best part was before we walked in!  BTW, I was wearing my dressy ivory-colored flats with #7 Eagle taps on the heels and #4 on the toes. Shown up by an older woman!

    But that’s ok. There’s a second tapgirl, in my own home town!

    • Blake 2:59 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That is really great! I hope you cross paths with her again, and maybe can see if her husband has taps also. She must like them, for sure.

    • tapboot 9:17 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is too good to be true!! A tap girl out of the 50’s!

      • tapgrrl 11:40 am on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Must be 1960’s. If she was, say, 65 y.o., she’d have been 15 y.o. In 1965. Do the math, John! I know I owe you an email. Coming soon.

    • Don 12:39 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That is something. I have not seen anyone in public with taps in many years. I have looked at these new low heeled boots that are so popular and thought they were ideal candidates for taps particularly since many of the woman wear them with run down heels.

      • tapgrrl 7:39 am on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Don, are you dgm43? If so, I ran across a photo of some red boots with a “full house” (heel, toe, and side taps) that you posted on the old yahoo groups website. I was wondering if those were your wife’s?

      • JR 1:11 am on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Actually Don I saw a mid age slim n trim woman at Farm Supply store rounding the back of her Caddy Escalade. I immediately tuned in the sounds she had metal on her cowgirl boot heels. To my surprise she went into the rear door and put her knee on the floor to retrieve her purse.. Her crescent tap shone in the sunlight like an LED light. I paused long enough to wait and hear her clicking across the parking lot. On her tailgate was a sticker “I’d rather be riding my horse” My mind said I’d rather rider with her.

    • tapgrrl 7:36 am on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, the amazing thing is that she didn’t have just little Eagle taps on her boots, but horseshoes! I’m also surprised that she was an older woman, though I suppose I shouldn’t be since she was of the age when they were popular.

      • Don 2:26 am on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I am DGM and they were not my wife’s boots. They must have been some that were for sale on eBay. Has your tap revolution in NYC had any more converts?.

        • tapgrrl 9:01 am on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          No, but I have gone up to NYC once and can report that at least two of the women are still wearing their shoes that they put metal taps on. We made a nice set of clicking sounds at the office and on the Sidewalks of NY!

          • Blake 10:56 am on June 14, 2015 Permalink

            That is cool. What footwear and size taps on them do they wear? And what about the guys and the same questions about their shoes??

      • tapgrrl 8:58 am on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        What is this about tap videos? You are mixing me up with a woman named Tammy who is a woman who Barry sent shoes to with taps on them for tap dancing. Was Not Me! …same answer to some other guy who keeps asking.

        • Ed 5:58 pm on September 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Well, excuse you. This is a site about TAP shoes.

  • tapgrrl 10:59 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    What Size Taps Should I put on these saddle shoes? 

    Now that we’re on the subject of taps sizes, here’s a question for you.  I’ve had a pair of saddle shoes for quite awhile but they’re actually a bit small for my feet.  I used to have Eagle 8’s on the heels and 6’s on the toes, but with Tapboot’s urging, I replaced them with horseshoe heel taps and toe bumpers on the toes.  Here’s their pic:


    Now, although I enjoy horseshoe taps on my boots and small horseshoe taps on flats and loafers, on these saddle shoes, the taps just seem too outsized for my taste.  So I recently bought some similar saddle shoes on ebay, one size larger that fit my feet better, and they’re ready for taps to be put on them.  And my question is how big is right?  I know there are different views on this (compare JR’s and Tapboot’s comments elsewhere on this blog for example), so I just took some photos with different sized taps placed on the bottoms of these new saddle shoes.  For each photo, the toe taps are one size smaller than the heel taps, although I usually make the difference 2 sizes between heel and toe.  Anyway, I’m curious to know what you think I should put on these.  I told JR I’d put on what he recommended, but if he gets outvoted, well then we’ll see.  The heel taps range from 8 down to 4 and toe taps from 7 down to 3.  Pick one size for each.  Thanks!

    IMG_0730 IMG_0731 IMG_0732 IMG_0733 IMG_0734

    • Damien 12:35 pm on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      May you do a video of walking in these tap shoes, please?

    • tapboot 1:07 pm on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I vote for #8 on heels, #7 on toes!!

    • JR 9:15 pm on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fourth photo down for a girl shoes and third photo down for guys

      • tapgrrl 8:59 pm on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I guess I must be a “guy” cause I’m going with the third one down. Those are smaller taps (compared to the heel dimensions) than I’ve put on any of my shoes or boots for maybe 10 years, so consider this mostly a “win” for your side. Much to the disappointment of the big-taps guys here. :-)

    • tapgrrl 9:30 pm on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a surprise! Tapboot picks the largest ones and JR picks the second-smallest ones. (Well, at least not the very smallest!) 20 years ago the Eagle 5’s and 4’s might have seemed right for me. But I’m not sure I can do that anymore!!!!! What do the rest of you think? What would Barry have wanted?

      • tapboot 9:04 am on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Barry would have wanted double horseshoes!!

        • tapgrrl 9:54 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Yup! I wonder what his Barbara would recommend, though!

    • Tapnut 2:14 am on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I only like horseshoes on my heels….and I’d be “charged” if I saw them on metal-appropriate ladies shoes.
      If the saddle shoes have rubber heels, I wouldn’t recommend taps at all. Personally, I don’t buy any shoes with rubber heels…the taps have a poor “thud” sound…..not a nice loud solid sound!.
      Also, I think Eagles on the heels cause one to walk cocked….which may only be appropriate if the ladies name is “Eilean”.
      I usually go for the largest taps that will fit on toes. Smaller taps sound “tinny” and look chintzy.

      • tapgrrl 9:53 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I know what you mean about taps on rubber heels. Most times I’ve tried that I’ve been disappointed with the clinky little-girl sound. But I think these might be hard enough rubber to work and I’ve found that when I put shoe goo on as well as nails, the sound is dampened somewhat. At any event, I’m going to try these with taps. The only question is “what size?” Eagle taps angled to the side just the way I showed are fine. I think JR would agree this is a good angle. Most of us walk on the outside back edge of our heels, so that’s where the center of the tap should go. As for toe taps, the largest size that fits these is actually Eagle 8’s, but if I put 8’s on the heels, I’d want a bit smaller on the toes–6’s or 7’s.

    • Blake 2:59 pm on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I realize you probably have them tapped already, but I would opt for #6 on the heels and #3 on the toes. Do you put the taps all the way out to the edge or hanging off a bit, like the photos indicated, or do you put them back from the edge 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch? The shoo goo should make them sound solid, and if they are back from the edge a bit, they could be more totally on the heel. Looking forward to seeing the final results and a video so we could hear them, would be awesome

      • tapgrrl 4:56 pm on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You win, Blake! Maybe you didn’t notice but if you look at my reply to JR (“going for the third one down”) I decided on #6’s for the heels. And although that photo has #5’s on the toes, I’m going to put #4’s on–they’re almost like #3’s but the curve better matches the sole edge. It’s too cold now to actually go downstairs and put them on (unheated room off garage), but when it warms up I will.

    • JR 11:47 pm on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good choice Heather – thanks Blake. Gorilla Glue is terrific for crescent metal taps (if you don’t plan to remove them easily). My wife put a pair of vintage 80s knee high heel boots 2.5″ high stack heel with hard plastic heel pad in the Goodwill and I played around putting metal taps with Gorilla Glue on them. I con her into wearing them around the house patio and unbelievable how solid they sounded. Too bad the shafts are too small for her calf and wouldn’t zip up all the way, but then she put her wide jeans over to hid the open zippers and we went downtown for a drink. It was heaven again. To me they looked and sounded as terrific as YouTube “mid calf heeled boots 4” by Stilettoheels06 . I suggest you try this Gorilla Glue some time and let us know your expert opinion on the quality of the clicking.

      So what outfit do you plan to wear with your new saddle shoes? Are they black & white or brown & white or? I can tell you what I think would be great, but let’s hear your taste?

      • tapgrrl 12:46 pm on February 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I hate to tell you this, JR (and Blake), but in the end I just couldn’t put small (i.e., #5 or #6) taps on the heels. So I put #7’s on them. They look pretty nice in my opinion. Maybe I will convince you someday. I didn’t use Gorilla Glue but I did reinforce the nails with ShoeGoo, and they sound pretty good to my ears–a little clicky so it feels right for a girl’s taps. I haven’t put toe taps on yet, but this time I will listen to you and put #4’s on if you would like (or #5’s if you will accept them). I know they would look best with a frilly skirt, but I’m guessing that when I wear them out, I’ll have on jeans. Would that be too terrible?

        • Andy 12:17 pm on May 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          So, are you gonna make tap videos again, or no?

        • Blake 2:05 pm on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          I hope you have enjoyed wearing them and know you have been out of the winter weather for quite a while. Any new sightings to report or more tapping in NYC?
          Hope your summer is grand.

          • tapgrrl 10:04 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink

            Unfortunately, they’ve been sitting in my closet ever since I bought them and put taps on them. I just don’t have anything to wear with saddle shoes anymore. I need to get a short, plaid skirt, I think. Somehow, jeans don’t seem to work with them, to my eyes anyway.

  • tapgrrl 10:09 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Taps are Too Small! 

    I’ve been watching these shoes listed on ebay for several weeks.  The 50s-60s penny loafers are very nice, but the metal heel taps are too small…maybe even for JR!!!  What do you think?

    womens penny loafers metal taps 2 womens penny loafers metal taps on heels

    • tapboot 3:55 am on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      These would make a bit of noise, at least by today’s standards. However, by our standards, the taps are wimpy and need to be replaced with horseshoes!!

    • JR 10:29 am on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ya I agree they look undersized for the size of the heels – not my pick. While this undersize was a common sight especially for Midwestern girls (and often with DIY taps from the drug store) , I prefer better engineering having crescents to look more proportioned to the heel and have better heel edge protection where you wear down. In your recent pictures of Marilyn Monroe, you did a great job and it shows Marilyn had maximum coverage crescents.

      Speaking of bad engineering,”vee cleats” need to take the award. My experience was if they weren’t perfectly placed for where your heel hit the floor first you got a thud rather than a click, often one foot. Also they didn’t protect the heel edge very well and the leather around the vee cleat would still wear down anyway. Perhaps Barry’s female prof assistant had it right using two vee cleats on each heel. Besides the fact women’s heels are generally smaller and vees were the same size, means the metal covered more of her heel circumference, and being very thick, she likely still could have those shoes today. I’ve got to love thinking about this.

    • JR 10:35 am on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      OH and for me it is important both taps are placed exactly as mirror images, not just at random.

    • JR 4:16 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Actually these are more my type: eBay item number:


      • tapgrrl 8:48 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yup. Eagle size 5’s I think. But they’re MEN’S loafers. I actually have a couple pairs of men’s loafers that I wear. More room for large taps! :-) [and for my toes!]

        JR, I’m waiting for another pair of Muffy saddle oxfords, and I’m thinking of letting YOU choose what size taps I should put on heel and toe–just to show you I can be “normal” and not just out-sized in my tap-wearing. But these will be wide heels, so you better take that into account! Send me your email address and I’ll send you photos when I get them with different sized taps placed on the heels.

        • JR 1:35 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Heather, At home we cancelled our Century Link which included land line internet wifi and personal email accounts (always traveling – hardly home) so I just have my work email right now, which I don’t want to use for personal. I will probably get a gmail email account and can let you know then. JR

      • Blake 11:52 am on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Those bass weejuns were nice looking. Not many shoes have metal taps on them on ebay, or “cleats” as I call them.

        • tapgrrl 3:30 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Guess what! I’d offered her $15 including shipping many weeks ago, which she rejected. She kept trying to sell them…for WEEKS! Finally, she listed them at $9.99 plus shipping, and I was the only bidder. They’re on their way to me right now! I’m curious to see if the taps are 2’s or 3’s. I’m hoping for 3’s as I consider 2’s way too small and 3’s just marginal.

          • Blake 9:32 am on February 23, 2015 Permalink

            Hope you like them! Will you please share a picture of them when you have them?

          • tapgrrl 10:49 pm on February 26, 2015 Permalink

            Well, as usual I overestimated the size of the taps. They were 1’s.

    • Blake 4:40 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      These bass loafers with the steel cleats are really nice looking!

    • tapboot 10:51 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I recall that the girls with V-plates might wear two or even three of them in the heels, placed on both sides because having the V-plates on one side only would cause the other side of the heel to wear off. I recall that I had three V-plates on loafers — I think I still have those shoes; maybe even four on some loafers or roper boots that I had replaced the rubber heel lift with leather.

    • Blake 11:09 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      three v-cleats would be awesome and 4 probably better. I had 2 v-cleats in some loafers and on a pair of western boots. I still have the boots. The were inset from the heel edge, so when the leather word down a bit, the steel of the v-cleats was exposed and made constant contact with the floor surface when I was walking in them, so they sounded great.

    • Blake 4:59 pm on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am sure the #1’s will be gone soon! :) Hope the loafers are nice and that you like them.

      • tapgrrl 10:23 pm on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, there’s no way my feet would fit into these. A bit short and way too narrow. I didn’t buy them to wear, just to have as part of my collection. My lifelong obsession is to continually prove to myself that I’m not the only female who likes to wear shoes with metal taps on them!

  • tapgrrl 3:09 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Pretty Baby 

    If you’ll look at the last few comments in the entry about Marilyn Monroe (, you’ll see a discussion of a 1950 movie, Pretty Girl, in which the young woman central figure (the “pretty baby” is a baby doll–not her!) might be wearing metal taps on her flats.  Here are some stills from that movie. (Double-click on the photos to see more detail. I would have uploaded a video or an audio clip so you could hear her walk, but I’m too cheap to pay for the WordPress “Premium” plan.) Anyway, what do you think?

    Pretty Baby title Pretty Baby star Pretty Baby 1 Pretty Baby 2 Pretty Baby 3

    • JR 10:32 am on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good Work Heather! When I saved and opened the photos in “movie maker”, hit some adjustments, I could clearly see her crescents.

      • tapgrrl 8:53 pm on January 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        could you take a photo of your enhancement so I could see what they look like? If you can, send it to me @

        • JR 1:45 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Heather, Opps – I have been cleaning up and organizing photos files my hard drive all night to make more room my 2015 assignments and I already deleted the downloaded pictures of Marilyn. I have an enormous amount of construction inspection photos I need to save and back up, so the incidental ones went.

          However – All I did was take and double click to enlarge the photo above and then saved the photo by right clicking on it as “save picture as”, and then I reopened it with this program I have: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\MovieMaker.exe” which came with Windows 7 professional. After I reopened it I played around with the settings under “visual effects” until I got the best view. It is kind of weird to use a movie program for still pictures, but it works for me. I do this often with my work stuff and I have this high buck screen for detail review of my construction site photos. Which when you get good quality down load helps greatly.

          Have fun with it.

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