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  • 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!

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    • 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.

  • tapgrrl 9:55 am on December 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Miss Meadows–Tapgirl in Movies! 

    I’m amazed it took me 6 weeks from its release in the theatres to learn about (and watch) this movie–and why none of you told me about it!  Miss Meadows is a young woman with her own unique style: fancy frilly dresses, white gloves, and high heel tap shoes!  She wears tap shoes (could be the same pair; maybe a couple slightly different styles) throughout the whole movie–except 2 times: when she’s sneaking up on someone and when she’s in bed with a guy. You can hear her click click pretty much most of the time she’s walking around–on sidewalks, wood floors, even tile!  It doesn’t get very good ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, but I loved it!!!!  I see it’s coming out on DVD in a couple weeks; it’s a MUST BUY for you guys.  Stars Katie Holmes from Dawson’s Creek, although she’s 33 now, not 19!  There’s one phony element, tapwise: At one point she loses a toe tap and then she’s heard walking click, dud, click, dud, etc. as if she lost a HEEL TAP!  They must have had to remove both the toe and heel taps in order to give the effect they wanted.

    I have dance taps on only a couple pairs of my shoes, some high-heel Mary Janes like hers, and some slingback sandals.  Neither have dance toe taps, just heels.  Maybe this movie will start a little comeback for taps; I should probably swap out horseshoes for dance taps on a few pair of my boots or shoes and see if anyone asks me about the movie!

    • Damien 7:51 pm on December 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello and happy New Year’s from South Korea. I was wondering if you’re ever going to go back to posting tap videos again. I miss those so much. Thanks!

    • Blake 4:39 pm on January 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t taken any videos lately, but I probably should do so. Do you like taps?

      • Damien 5:27 am on January 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I love taps, especially loafer taps by a lady, which is my favorite ;).

    • JR 12:02 pm on January 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Heather – you are so funny when you write. I love the “click, dud, click, dud, etc.” It sounds like you have lost a tap or two in your time. How about telling us about those times? I’m curious if you caught it on something or just wore through the nails?
      In 1971 there was a girl Debbie in one college class that would wear about half the rear of her crescent taps away, but she never had one missing. I actually would sit behind her in lecture just to see her shoes and dream about replacing her worn taps for her, but never approached her – she had a boyfriend that was very possessive of her.

      • tapgrrl 10:27 pm on January 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, I’ve NEVER lost a tap. When they get thin, they also get too quiet for me, so I have always replaced taps before then. And if a nail-head comes off, then it’s worse because that tap often sounds much louder than the other one. So I fix those too. Back before I did my own tap repair, I was always going in to the shoe repair guy, either for new taps or replacements. I was his best customer! The “click, dud, click, dud” came from watching and listening to the Miss Meadows movie. It was pretty clear, and clearly from a missing heel tap, not the missing toe tap that they later showed. I was reminded of the story you wrote about the young woman in your public speaking class who gave a talk about attention to detail at the same time she was missing one of the taps on her shoes!

  • tapgrrl 8:41 pm on December 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Double and triple layers of horseshoes 

    A few months ago I put on a double layer of horseshoe taps on a pair of flat-heeled dressy boots.  I actually glued the second tap on top of the first–long story.  But some of you guys have done me a lot better.  One reader, “An Older Guy (Dan)” sent me some photos a long time ago of his double-tap creations, some involving large crescent size 8 taps on top of horseshoes and others straight double horseshoes.  I’m afraid to say that I can’t find those photos right now, but when I do I’ll post them.

    In the meantime, another regular reader of the blog (I think he goes by “Tapnut” on the blog) sent me photos of his latest tap effort.  And he’s not shy about wearing them in public either.  Here’s what he wrote:

    “Check out my new blue suede penny loafers.  Elvis, eat your heart out…these have bling and an attitude. It was difficult finding suede shoes with a hard stacked heel.  A hard heel makes a good base for a better sound but the heel was to short for my tastes.  So, I used a German heel iron to lift up a traditional heel plate.  They have a good loud sound and I especially like the shine of the metal taps.”

    I particularly liked the thickness of the metal–the heel iron is about double the thickness of regular horseshoe taps, so the heel iron + the horseshoe tap together make a triple-thick layer of metal all around the heel. Awesome!  Here are his photos:

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    And those of you who read my previous post below about my New York trip where I discovered I’d launched a little tap revival at my workplace there: Check that post again.  I’ve been writing followups as “comments,” providing some detail about the individual tap-wearing women (and men).

  • tapgrrl 9:12 pm on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    I may have started a small taps revival! 

    One source of income I have is working as an at-home editor for a major New York publisher.  They send me stuff to edit & proof, and I send it back to them.  But several times a year I have to go to NY to meet with my supervisor and editing group.  Of course, I always wear shoes with taps on them, since that is all that I have.  And New York, you know, is a big walking town where a fair number of men and women wear black plastic taps under their heels and the toes of their soles to cut down on shoe repair costs.  Also, I’m sure it was a major metal tap-wearing place once upon a time, and I’ve even purchased shoes with metal taps for my collection from more than one NY woman.  Anyway, although I’ve had one or two conversations about my metal taps with co-workers, two trips ago that subject came up when I was having coffee with several women and two men in the group.  NY is one place where shoe repair people still carry metal taps, at least some of them do, and one or two mentioned they might try getting some for their dressy wear-at-the-office shoes.  Well, on my last trip, what should I discover but 5 of the women in the office and both of the men who were in that coffee shop discussion proudly showed me the metal taps on their shoes!!!!  Both men had metal taps on heels and toes–one of the men’s heel taps looked like a #7 Eagle; the other was smaller, probably a #5.  The women’s metal taps varied more in size, mostly because of the kind of heel that was on their shoes.  The chunky dress heels had taps covering most of the heel, but they were probably 2’s and 3’s.  The lower-heeled shoes and chunky-heeled dressy boots had broader heels and correspondingly larger taps.  The largest ones looked like #5’s or #6’s.  Two of the women also had metal toe taps, and one put plastic taps on the toes.  Everyone except one women said they liked having the taps on their shoes, and a couple of them mentioned they liked the authoritative sound they made.  One woman even said that she got her sister, who works at a different company, to put metal taps on her shoes, too!  These women varied in age from late-20s to mid-40s, I’d say, all of them good looking girls who would be bound to be noticed as they click-clicked along Manhattan sidewalks!  So maybe I’ve started something!  What do you think?

    • Blake 8:48 am on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      this is great for a small revival!!

    • tapboot 9:29 am on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always reminisce about something long ago, I guess. In 1966, I was touring the United Nations building in NY and there was a group of teenage girls also making the tour. One of the girls I especially remember because she was really pretty and had metal taps on her loafers!! They made a really good sound on the Terrazzo floors!!

    • JR 11:31 am on December 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I would call it “back to basics” good salespersonship Heather! (Maybe Barry had some higher power influence too?)

      Now if you can get metal tips on American women’s stilettos back, like they are in UK and Moscow, the city sidewalks would be heaven again. SleepyStilettos told me about one out of ten women use metal heel tips on stilettos in the UK and, another YouTube channel person says it is substantially more in Moscow.

      • Blake 12:24 pm on December 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I was at a Honda dealer one time and a saleswoman had stilettos with steel tips. They sounded awesome, like a pair of Eagle #8’s on wingtips. It was necessary to watch where she was walking on the hard tile floor, and nice that she went around multiple times.

    • tapgrrl 11:30 pm on December 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Blake asked me offline a couple questions about my recent New York experience, so I thought I’d answer them here in case anyone else is interested. One thing he wanted to know was what the women and men who put metal taps on their shoes had to say about them.

      The two men didn’t say anything to me until I brought it up. They’d been at the table when I was talking about my taps on my previous trip so in each case I said something like “so I see you decided to try putting taps on your shoes.” One of them seemed embarrassed by my having noticed, and so he just said “yeah.” We were going in different directions, so I didn’t get to ask him any more Q. Blake, he had on a pair of black dress oxfords.

      The other guy (who’d put larger taps on–probably #7’s and some toe taps too) said it was a terrific idea and he was glad I’d given him the idea. He said his wife liked his taps because she could always tell when he was coming. The shoes he had them on when I saw him were also black oxfords like the other guy’s, but he said he’s put them on another pair of dress shoes and also on some boots (but he didn’t say what kind of boots).

      The five women all had something to say about their taps, but I don’t have time to write more now, so that will have to wait till next time.

      • tapgrrl 9:53 pm on December 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        So now I’ll start describing the women at my work who I motivated into putting metal taps on their shoes. I gave them pseudonyms to protect their anonymity, although I doubt any of them have seen this blog since I didn’t tell them anything about it. Geena is a 40-ish attractive brunette (with lots of blonde highlights) who is a single mom of two high school girls, divorced about five years ago from her investment banker husband. She is pretty well-off and comes very well-dressed to work–every day in a different outfit and different pair of shoes, from the little I’ve seen (since I only work in NY two or three days every several months). I remember she did have plastic taps on her heels (except for her stilettos) when I was in NY before, and she was the first one of the women who asked me about my metal taps, even before the coffee shop conversation where this subject came up. I wasn’t surprised that she was one who had metal taps this time around, partly because she’s got that outgoing personality and partly because, as I said, she’d taken an interest in my taps. Both days I worked at the publishers she had on high heels, but the heels were broad from side to side and so the taps were big enough to be noticed–probably #2’s or #3’s. They covered almost the whole heels in both cases. When I asked her what she thought of them, her first comment was that they were useful for getting men’s attention! As I said, she wasn’t shy! I think she’ll be a long-term tap-wearer! So that’s woman #1.

        • tapgrrl 9:32 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Two of the other women who decided to put metal taps on their shoes are women in my own editing group. One of them, Janet, is older than the rest of us, about 55 or so, and lives in Manhattan. The other one, Christine, is, like me, a contract editor who lives in the Chicago area and comes to the publisher’s headquarters every 3 or 4 months for debriefing, etc. She’s younger than most of us, about 30, and really bright. (She’s got a graduate degree but has young kids at home, even younger than mine, so this is her only real opportunity to work outside the home.)

          Janet, unlike the rest of us, remembers as a little girl that quite a few women wore taps on their shoes, including her mom. She’s seen them on my shoes ever since I started working for the company–about 4 years ago–and decided to try them on a pair of expensive leather-heeled oxfords and on some nice-looking dressy flats. It took awhile, she said, to find a shoe repair shop that had metal taps, other than dance taps. She showed the oxfords to me–looked like #3’s or #4’s. She didn’t wear the flats to work when I was in NY, but she said the ones on the flats were a little larger. She said she likes them and wants to put them on the other shoes she wears to work, but hasn’t had the time to do so yet.

          Christine said she sometimes sees metal taps on mens shoes in Chicago, but had never seen them on women’s shoes until she met me. She’s a very outgoing girl so it wasn’t surprising to me that when we met at JFK airport to share a cabride into the city, I heard her click-clicking along the walkway even before I saw her taps. She showed me her boots in the taxi–the metal taps covered about half of the heel–probably #5’s–and she also had toe taps. I showed her the horseshoe taps on my boots and she laughed and said she’d have to try those too! I was hoping she’d have taps on the shoes she wore to our meetings the next two days, but that was not to be. She wore soft-soled Mary Jane’s both days.

          I was asked what shoes I wore on my New York trip, so here’s a list:

          (1) black below-the-knee dressy boots, flat 1” heels with horseshoe taps on the heels and #4 toe taps
          (2) brown dressy heeled (2 1/4”) loafers with #7’s on the heels and #5 toe taps
          (3) black dressy flats (1 1/4” heels) with #7’s on the heels and #3 toe taps

          I wore the boots for the flights up and back and in the evenings and the other two pair each one day at work. Very clicky, especially walking the length of the tile floor of the entry hallway in our building! I got lots of attention from the security guards!

          • tapgrrl 11:33 pm on December 18, 2014 Permalink

            There were two other women who were part of that coffee shop discussion of metal taps on shoes who also have put some on their own shoes since then, but I can’t actually say I have seen them because they didn’t happen to wear those shoes to work on the 2 days I was in N.Y. Lynn is about my age, blonde like me, and also originally from California. She said she wasn’t sure about putting them on her shoes because she didn’t know anyone else besides me who did that, but then Janet wore her tapped-up flats to work and Geena wore her black chunky heels with taps on them so Lynn said that was good enough for her. She said she found a shoemaker who still had metal taps and he put them on a pair of heels (small ones) and also on a pair of boots (large enough to cover most of the heel, she said). Although I didn’t get to see them, Lynn said she liked how they stayed on better than plastic taps and that she didn’t mind the clicking sound they made–“Kind of like that!”

            The fifth woman, Brianna, was cooler about the taps she tried on her Ferragamos. She said they were alright, but she said that she preferred to walk silently, so I suspect she’ll have them taken off. Oh well, 6 out of 7 isn’t bad! And I’ll bet none of you have been in a place with 8 people wearing metal taps on their shoes (including me), although not at the same time. But still..

    • bob 5:55 am on December 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      i love to see and to hear girls walking with metal tip heels, on tile or on gravel. I love to hear smal stones crushed under her heels, and you?

      • Jr 4:23 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes Bob, I love women wearing metal heel tips too. Not only does she sound so-o feminine, she generally makes herself more attractive and knows what she wants. Frugal, caring, authoritative, and good self esteem come to mind.

        In 1988 a vendor’s 30s single mom was sent to our office to do an audit. For the first three days I admired her skills and talents but had no attraction to hustle her, and I was a single dad available too. But on her fourth morning I heard the powerful sounds of metal tips and hoped it was her. Later I walked by her sitting at a station and saw her metal tip bottoms. She wore a short (not slutty) black skirt and metal tip 3″ black pumps to work that morning and I was instantly hit by cupids arrow. Twenty-five years latter, we look at a terrific marriage, a successful blended family of five, both of us executives and even though she has retired from highheels we are still deeply in love. If I hadn’t heard her metal tips that day I may have missed out on her awesome personality. I truly believe a woman’s selection of metal tips gives her message.

        • tapgrrl 12:05 am on December 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          In the conversation about metal taps that I had with several women at my New York workplace (the one I mentioned above), one woman asked if metal taps could be put onto her stiletto-like high heels that she often wore to work. I told her about steel heel tips and only one of the other women had known they were available. On this trip I asked her if she’d gotten any for her high heels, but she said she hadn’t although the next time she took a pair in for heels she was going to ask about them. That is as far as that topic went, I’m afraid. I’ll let you know when I go back to NY in February if there was any progress in that direction!

          • JR 1:36 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink

            Heather – as how the saying goes “one brick at a time”

    • Fred 1:30 am on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I happened on your website yesterday and was interested to read about tap stories and experiences. I remember putting big taps on my shoes in grade school — a long time ago! And I continue to put taps on my shoes and boots. As a matter of fact, your website inspired me to install taps on four more pairs! Which I have now done! I’ll send in a photo or two if you give me your email address. Thanks for the website. It’s good to know there are lots of folks still carrying on the taps-on-the-shoes tradition.

      • tapgrrl 7:25 am on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Nice to have you on the tapgrrl blog, Fred. Lots to read…and hopefully lots for you to comment on. My email is, and I will certainly post the photos you send!

  • tapgrrl 9:43 am on October 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Request for a comment 

    I recently got an email from a man who found the blog online. Rather than writing a comment to one of my posts, he emailed me instead but said I could post this on the blog if I thought some of the readers could help. So here’s what he wrote (spelling cleaned up):

    greetings Tapgrrl.

    I just found your blog and have read it nonstop. It and you are amazing. If you were my wife I would love you to death. But I’m already married and so are you. And I’m way older (65). But I have a problem and I thought maybe you could give me ideas or people in your group could.

    When I met my wife I was already what I guess is called a taphead. I have loved hearing and seeing taps on girls shoes since I was in grade school. My wife had never had taps on her shoes but while we were dating I asked her to put them on her shoes and she did. The first few years after we were married she was quite happy dto do that. We’d talk and joke about the taps and even while we were having sex. Sometimes she would take new shoes she bought into the shoe repair shop to have taps put on. Even for the next 20 years she would let me put taps on the heels of her shoes, but not on the toes after awhile, but over time she became less interested and only let me put taps on if I insisted. By the time our kids were grown and she was working in a professional job, she was annoyed with me for putting taps on her shoes. Now she avoids all the shoes she was with taps on them and only wears softsoled shoes and others that don’t have taps on. It has become a real annoyance to both of us, but seems hardly worth breaking up over. My question is is it a lost cause? Do you think theres anything I can do to get her to start wearing and enjoying taps on her shoes? If you think someone in your group could help me please write about my problem so they can read it.

    thank you.
    [name withheld]


    I wrote him back but really I don’t have any ideas for him. I talked this over with my local tap-wearing friend who was married to a woman who wore taps for 10 years but stopped, and I think he’s going to write him. But you guys are also in a better position to answer him than I am. So go for it. I told him to look at the blog to see what people say. Thanks!

    • Anonymous 11:45 am on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My wife loved to wear taps because she knew how that affected me. Unfortunately, her health is not as good as it was when we were younger. She no longer wears taps, and is restricted to rubber-soled orthopedic shoes.

    • mark12547 11:44 pm on November 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I saw horseshoe heel plates on a pair of rattlesnake skin cowboy boots yesterday at a rest stop. Since I was serving coffee, I couldn’t leave and see where his car hailed from, but it is the first time in years that I had heard heel plates in person.

    • Blake 11:26 am on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That must have been awesome to actually hear the sound. Truly rare these day.

    • JR 3:10 pm on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Tapgrrl – In response to “name withheld”, been there and done that as a guy of 65 also. His story parallels mine and my wife. When she was younger the excitement her wearing metal taps was for her a sexually feeling of attractiveness and knowing that I got turned on, just like short skirts do :) As a byproduct, she really liked that her heels lasted nearly forever with metal. As she became a professional, metal taps gave the wrong message but metal tip highheels was even a message of POWER, so for about the next 10 years at one job, she had me reheel her highheels to metal tips. She and I even got a good feeling just talking about her metal tips which usually ended in sex. Now with a different job and aging knee problems, she only wears flats and no taps, plus metapause has totally killed her sexual excitement of any metal conversations, even to the point of shutting down. In her closet still are some of her most exciting metal heeled shoes like trophies. I dust them off once and a while.

      Tell “name withheld”, sorry but I have heard this from other guys as their wives got older also and it is best to file the memories in his head of her in her taps and what ever else turned him on and not push the issue at all. If his hearing still picks up high tones, or have him set his hearing aid to hear high tones, there are plenty of videos on You Tube to enjoy the metallic sounds of metal tips that will bring him to memories of those days with his wife. Debbie (younger) of SleepyStilettos, or Jonina53 (older) are good clean women that nearly exclusively wear metal tips on You Tube.

      I suggest “name withheld” looks at his wife’s finer qualities and enjoy his remaining years with her, otherwise he will need to find a mistress the age of his children and forget the empty nest life.


      • tapgrrl 3:43 pm on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        That’s good advice, JR. What I told him was that a couple of men in similar situations (including one who posts to this board occasionally) found that they could get turned on by wearing taps on their own shoes instead. Not quite the same, but I suppose that’s better than nothing.

        Do you put taps on your own shoes, JR? Or do you think of them as female accessories? That was Barry’s perspective, but men can actually get away with bigger and badder taps (ok, call them heel plates if it feels more masculine that way) than most tap-wearing women prefer, except for me who revels in the attention! :-)

        • JR 10:12 am on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Now I prefer rubbery shoes for comfort and grip – even leather soles and hard heels jar my bones too much and may have added to why I needed hip replacements. In answer, I didn’t find any excitement or turn on in hearing like a Clydesdale, which I felt like with heel plates on my boots thirty years ago.

          Barry and I were on the same page, taps were then and are female accessories – taps and metal tips need to sound feminine, and with class announcing the presences of a female, Barry and I both agreed that when we would sneak a peak and see the dainty flash of metal under a woman’s shoe it was, and still is a turn on. It is all about the woman! (I loved Barry’s story about the professor’s assistant that had double v-cleats on her leather heel loafers at Texas A&M in 1969 – now that is class)

          Heather, to be honest, your preference of shoes and taps are atypical of any women I have known or seen with metal taps. Perhaps it is a Midwest thing, but women were more conservative on the size of their metal taps, even when chunky heels were in during the late 60s and early 70s. Until I saw your site pictures I never saw metal crescent taps used on toes (only the little staple-in metal toe cleat on stilettos).

          I really appreciate your passion for taps and for keeping tap conversations out in the public. Your site keeps spark going in us old guys about the women be gone.


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