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  • tapgrrl 11:06 pm on April 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A correspondent's story: My ideal girlfriend 

    Dear Heather,

    As a man now past 70 who was turned on by girls with taps on their shoes when girls did that, I have been looking at your WordPress pages for the past few years but have never written a comment or anything. Ive never had a girlfriend or wife who would put taps on or do the things that you and your story girl Britney have done, like smoke cigarettes sexy like. But reading everyone elses WordPress comments made me think back to when I was younger and might have had a tap girlfriend or wife had I been more confident in myself. So I have written the following little story that I thought you might like. I see a lot of you in it or at least Britney from your Britney stories.

    [NOTE: My correspondent has said it was o.k. to print this in the blog, so here goes. Enjoy. And tell me doesn’t it look like if I had been born about 30 years earlier I could have been this man’s girlfriend??!!! Also, if you’re mainly interested in the “taps” part, you can skip ahead to the last paragraph, but then you’re missing the whole story of this man’s “dream girl.” ]

    My ideal girlfriend at an ideal age

    When I picture my ideal girlfriend she would be about 25 years old. That would make me about 26 to 30. So I am picturing this taking place around 1972. My ideal girlfriend would have a pretty face of course and a trim body with average sized breasts and nice legs. She would have shoulder length hair that she had her hairdresser lighten to creamy blonde instead of her natural brown. Sometimes she wore her hair in a girl next door pony tail and other times her wavy blonde hair would hang down below her shoulders in a casual flip. She would have large brown eyes, nice teeth, a small nose, and a sexy mouth.

    My ideal girlfriend would be smart and interested in science, music, art, and history. She wasnt shy and would have spoken easily in groups. By age 25 she would have graduated college, completed a masters degree, and be in her second year of teaching middle or high school.

    My girlfriend would have a very outgoing personality with a frequent smile and eyes that sparkled. But she could turn on a sexy pouty expression at the drop of a hat. She would use only a small amount of makeup and look like a pretty girl next door except when her dark roots were showing under the bleached blonde. She liked having bleached blonde hair because she liked being thought of as a bad girl. This was a problem for her supervisor at the school where she taught which was one reason she had decided to quit teaching.

    She enjoyed being the center of attention. So she would wear short dresses and skirts several inches above her knees. She would often have two buttons open on her blouse showing that she was not wearing a bra. Sometimes she would flirt with danger by not wearing panties underneath, but not when she was teaching.

    She had started smoking shortly after she turned 16 and during college she was a regular smoker. Remember this was the late 1960s when the people didnt fully understand the health risks. By the time we started dating, she had cut back on her smoking but she still enjoyed it and she knew that I liked pretty girls who smoked, so she started smoking more again and was back up to about a pack a day.

    I was glad that she was happy that she smoked, but it was arousing that she smoked in ways to please me and in order to attract attention. She had a seductive style she used when she was out in public and during our sex play. She had a very sensual look whenever she was paying attention to how the smoke in her lungs was making her feel. She would sometimes double pump or even triple pump to increase the amount of smoke in her lungs. Sometimes she would light up two cigarettes and smoke them both at the same time holding them between the same two fingers and lifting them to her mouth together. Her specialty was giving me smoky blowjobs. [I’m deleting the explicit part here!! Sorry!–tapgrrl] She liked intercourse positions like doggystyle or missionary where she could smoke comfortably. Even apart from smoking she was sexually dominant and often was the one who initiated sex and who got us to try different positions. She had no trouble reaching an orgasm and often had several during a single nights activity.

    She had one other trait that was assertive and sexual, for me at least. Although the early 1970s was near the end of the period when girls had metal taps attached to their shoes, my girlfriend would always go to the shoe repair shop and have taps put under the heels and toes of her shoes. She had actually begun doing that as a young teenager. Even in her mid 20s the taps on the heels of her shoes were as large as the ones that men had on their shoes. On her western style boots she even had horseshoe shaped taps on the heels. When she was walking she would scrape her taps against the sidewalk and indoor floors. She enjoyed the extra attention men paid to her because of the sounds her taps made. On her high heeled pumps whose heels were too small for regular taps, she would have the shoe repair man replace the original plastic or rubber heel tips with steel ones. Both the taps and the steel spike heel tips were arousing to me and she used her knowledge of that to get my attention.

    I know it’s not healthy to be always looking back in time and its better to live in the present. And when the past isnt what you hoped it would be its probably not good to obsess about it. But I needed to write this picture of what I wished the past would have been like for me. I dont know if you care but maybe some of the men who read your WordPress might like to see it.

    [Name withheld as per request]

     
  • tapgrrl 11:43 am on April 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Quick question: Which type of shoes, other than boots, were metal taps more likely to be put on the sides of the soles–that is, casual loafers or dressy oxfords or ????? And did any girls/women do that too or just guys? Thanks.

     
    • Blake 7:47 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am just familiar with taps on the sides of soles on dressy thick soled oxfords. My high school band director had them on his shoes for a few days, until he could take the razing he got from the students. Think he had taps on rubber heels which were very clicky and didn’t sound solid–was probably part of the issue.

      • tapgrrl 10:18 pm on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Do you think he had them on his shoes for marching, like majorettes did, or because he wanted to make more noise when he walked around school (or whereever)? That is, until the kids razzed him about them.

        • Blakk 8:23 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I think he said he did it to save the soles, actually. That is what he said. He was not the brightest one. They were on brown wingtip type shoes or something, so they were not for marching purposes. This was in the era when “cleats” on heels were hot. Guys wore slim jeans, white socks and pointy toed tied shoes with big cleats, and loafers with cleats too. The dance taps on majorette boots and baton groups were really great, but guess they are a thing of the past now , too.

          • Anonymous 10:08 am on April 10, 2016 Permalink

            I grew up in the late 60’s. Beatle boots from Flagg Brothers with loud hollow plastic heels, before the taps were put on..The guys who had taps used to kick their lockers over and over scraping a huge spot of paint off leaving a silver kicked area on them. Others without the taps did the same leaving black marks all over their lockers, but wore their heels out. The ones with the taps and horseshoes, weren’t going to the shoe store every other week. It was the battle between the hoods, and the punks. Different times indeed!

    • Tapboot 8:54 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I only recall side taps on boy’s shoes, along with horseshoes on the heels.

      • tapgrrl 10:17 pm on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        John, were these on oxfords or loafers?

      • tapgrrl 7:20 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        But if you count majorettes, maybe there were more girls who had side taps on their boots than guys who had them! Maybe even more girls with horseshoe taps than guys!

        • Tapboot 12:32 pm on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Lots of majorettes had side taps as well as toe and heel plates. And some of the boys had side taps on their loafers as well as toe and heel. Some even had a plate across the ball of the foot between the side taps.
          When the majorettes took off their boots, they put on penny loafers with heel, toe and side taps. They just couldn’t bear walking around the campus without hearing taps on THEIR feet!

    • mark12547 3:24 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The only time I recall seeing side taps in person was one time when I was at a Shriners event where there were many clown acts, and one clown had taps all over the soles of his shoes, all over the heels and soles, including the sides.

      I do recall one person in high school who wore taps mentioning that he tried side taps on his boots but couldn’t get them to stay because the nails kept on working out, so he gave up on them. (I could believe that since that is where the sole flexes.)

      The only other time I recall seeing metal on the sides was when I was a kid and one day when I was with my mother in an art gallery a small kid came in, and on the sole of each shoe was a piece of metal that looked like an oversized continental toe tap, but so large that it went a bit past the flex point of the sole and then had a little lip bent up next to the edge of the sole. Between the heel plates and those sole plates, none of the shoe leather made contact with the floor, which is why at almost every step the shoes slipped a bit on the linoleum. In the past when I described this, it was suggested that these were tap shoes. Maybe, and those shoes looked like they were in very good condition, but I don’t recall ever seeing dance taps quite that large.

    • Charles 2:28 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I got really excited when I stumbled upon this site. As a 23 year old with an appreciation for women who tap dance, I’ve always been obsessed with a girl who’s got a little metal on her shoes. It’s great to know that I’m not the only one out there and have always felt a little alone when it came to my particular interest in taps due to it not being something that most people my age would understand.

    • DGM 3:24 am on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I can only remember one time when I saw a woman with side taps. She was a secretary at one of my customers who had clunky heeled loafers with heel, toe and side taps. My wife had taps oo most of hers shoes but only heel and toe.

    • tapgrrl 10:38 am on April 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for answering, everyone. I suppose you are wondering why I asked. Well, after another long separation I reached an agreement with my husband. I won’t say exactly what I agreed to do and to NOT DO, but among other things he’s agreed to put whatever taps I want him to have on his shoes…EXCEPT for the shoes he wears to work. So I’m thinking of a pair of oxfords with double-thick horseshoes, large toe taps, and side taps. For going out to dinner, plays, etc.

      On my own footwear, so far I have limited side taps to a couple pair of 70s campus boots and two pair of vintage “old lady” oxfords. Maybe I’ll put them on some chunky-heeled loafers, like DGM’s office lady did. Now that I’ve discovered shoe goo works on thin soles, I’m not so limited as I once was.

      • Blake 12:37 pm on April 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Are you turned on by the view of seeing a lot of steel on the shoes, or by the sounds that are made? I have some shoes that have steel on them, but they are not covered in steel, but they still make a great sound.

        Congrats on being able to get back together. I hope that works out well.

        • Anonymous 3:30 am on April 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Hopefully your marriage will work out. It is hard to make it work. My 51 yeare of marriage has had its ups and downs but we kept communicating and made it work. On topic, at times taps did help.

          • tapgrrl 2:38 pm on April 10, 2016 Permalink

            So how did taps help? DETAILS PLEASE!!!!!

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      • tapgrrl 7:14 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Here is a reply from Wally who emailed it to me instead of posting:
        In the past year or so, I’ve attached side taps to most of my boots. They don’t necessarily make or increase noise, but they sure look awesome! The more shiny metal, the better! Of course, these are in addition to toe and heel steel plates. I generally use a #4,or #5 crescent-shaped plate, depending on the sole size and so as to not interfere with what may be on the toe. And, I’m not satisfied with just ONE pair on each shoe; I put two on each sole, one pair near the toe plate (one tap on each side) and a second pair below that. In fact, some western boots I have will accommodate THREE pairs on each sole. Call me crazy, but, I’m just plain infatuated with taps. That’s why I love your blog. I check it periodically to see what’s new!

        Wally

        • tapgrrl 7:17 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I like that idea…more than one pair of side taps. I suppose I should start my hubby off with one pair, though. Maybe I will try that on a pair of my own western boots.

    • tapgrrl 10:00 pm on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All right, although different people wrote about different things, I’m concluding that the answer to my original question–mens loafers or mens oxfords for side taps–is that since more of you mentioned loafers in connection with side taps than oxfords, that’s what I should try on my husband’s shoes.

      Now wait till you see what I post next. I just have to double check with the guy who sent it to me. (No photos, just text.)

  • 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.
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/why
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/2011-a-new-leaf/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/why-do-you-do-that-heather/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/our-significant-others-and-our-taps/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/how-big-bigger-than-before/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/how-they-make-me-feel/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/a-platinum-blonde-in-metal-tapped-shoes/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/how-they-make-me-feel-part-2/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/mens-boots-with-steel-heel-plates-a-turn-on/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/remember-the-time/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/what-makes-us-so-jazzed-about-clickety-taps/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/opposites-attract/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/steel-stilettos-not-for-me/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/taps-for-boyfriends-and-husband-or-for-me/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/before-and-after-from-1-tapgirl-to-another/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/eye-contact-smiling-and-clicking-with-your-taps/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/taps-in-my-family-a-brief-history/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/are-you-like-brittney-heather/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/what-is-it-about-horseshoe-taps/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/taps-are-still-a-wonder-drug/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/do-taps-have-seasons/
    https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/different-sounds-from-left-and-right/

    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.

    • Anonymous 4:00 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There was a time when my wife’s vinyl boots with taps and spurs spiced things up when the excitement and wained.

  • 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 https://tapgrrl.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/1392/

     
  • 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.

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    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

    $_122

    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

    Enjoy!

    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–tapgrrl@gmail.com–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 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Metal-Horseshoe-Heel-Plates-Army-Rims-2-3-4-wide-x-3-size-9-10-equivalent-/262006951322.

    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:

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    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.

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