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  • tapgrrl 8:55 am on September 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Horseshoe Taps are Still Selling 

    I had an email exchange recently with one of you (Tapnut, I believe is his name here) about whether there is a market for horseshoe taps anymore. Here’s what I found. I went to the Amazon listing of one of the retail shoe repair people who sell on line, azsaddledoc. Then I looked at how many pairs that seller has sold of different sizes. Over the time he has been selling them online, whatever that is, he has sold 620 pairs of horseshoe taps by my count. That’s a pretty big number, but we don’t know how long a period that covers. Interestingly, the size I thought was most popular, 9-10, was only a small fraction of his sales. The most commonly purchased size was 11-12, which I think are just shy of 3″ across. Next most common were 5-6’s, which is what fit a lot of my boots and loafers. So maybe there are women buying them still! Other horseshoed tapgrrls!

    I also looked for how many pairs that he sold IN THE PAST MONTH. All that was available was the number of pairs for which he’s received feedback, which is a small portion, probably, of his total sales. Anyway, he sold 12 sets of horseshoe taps in the past month. That’s not many compared to the 620 total, but still that’s only 30 days. If he got feeback on half of his sales and has been selling taps on line for 2 years, that would be about the same rate as over that whole time. But I bet he’s been selling for longer than that, so maybe the sales have been INCREASING!

    Actually, Eagle crescent taps were more common. I only counted the larger size Eagles. There were 700 pairs of size 8 sold and 621 pairs of size 7. Over the past month, 8 pairs of size 8 and 6 pairs of size 7.

    Remember that’s just one on-line seller!

    That’s enough numbers to spin my mens cowboy boots horseshoe taps 1















    • john f tublewicz 2:01 pm on September 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      i had to remove my heel taps as i have spinal stenosis not as bad as it sounds well one day i hit a terrazzo floor and i almost lost it very embarrassing but i kept the toe taps if i didn’t i would wear down the toes of my alligator boots

      • Blake 9:38 am on September 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        your alligator boots must be great and nice you have the toe taps on them. Sorry you had to remove the heel taps.

    • Blake 9:36 am on September 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wonder who is using them? Would be great to see and hear some on boot heels and a variety of shoe heels.

      • mark12547 2:24 am on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        A few weeks ago I was brewing coffee at the Santiam River Rest Area, North Bound (I-5 in Oregon, between Albany and Jefferson at milepost 241) and heard the rare sound of heel plates. I looked out the window and managed to see a pair of cowboy boots with underslung heels, and on those heels were some pretty small horseshoes centered on the bottom of the heels with a bit more than 1/8th of an inch of heel rubber around the outer edges. The heel rubber absorbed most of the sound of the plates; you would have to know what you were hearing to know there were plates because it was no louder than an exposed nail.

        • tapboot 2:46 pm on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          These women probably needed horseshoe taps so they could ride horses without having to wear spurs. The horseshoes make a good substitute to spurs.

    • JR 2:56 pm on September 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Mark12547
      So are you class of 65? Anyway I’m just behind you (if my assumption is right) and I clearly recognized the sights and sounds of metal from the days be gone. From a young age I make a point of looking at a women’s shoes or boots to check out for metal taps. A couple years ago I was gassing up at a truck stop near ND and Dodge pick up pulling a horse trailer pulled up next to me with two women, around late 30s or early 40s. The driver started filling the Dodge and I looked at her cowgirl boots then her sexy jeans and figure and I thought she would be MORE perfect with metal taps. After putting the nozzle in her tank she reached in her truck bed and grabbed a screw driver, lifted her foot towards me and began digging the mud out of her metal horseshoe tap then the other heel. Then as she stomped her heels to shake the rest of mud and obviously show off , I must have gotten into a staring trance, because the other woman said “Sis has really changed since getting divorced lost a ton of weight and loves flirting guys with her jeans and boot taps” Wow


      • mark12547 1:53 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        High school: 1972; College: 1976.

        “Embellished” heels are almost unheard of around here in the Pacific Northwet, probably because the frequency of rain means too much of a slip hazard even on otherwise acceptable floors.

    • Anonymous 6:17 am on September 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There are still some marching groups that use them.

  • tapgrrl 8:23 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    More retro shoes and boots with horseshoe taps 

    Folks, here’s some more shoes and boots from Fred. Have any of you put taps on similar shoes or boots? Add comments! (Hit “reply” on the upper right corner of this message.) He also sent along a sound file, but that apparently can’t be added to the blog. Oh well, enjoy the pics.

  • tapgrrl 6:34 pm on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Retro hi top shoes with nice heel and toe taps. Contributed by blog follower Fred. Anyone else who has shoes or boots with appropriate amplification and blindingly silver bottoms are welcome to send them to me for posting here:

    Almost look like sneakers, don't they.  Hardly able to sneak up on someone tho.

    Almost look like sneakers, don’t they. Hardly able to sneak up on someone tho.

  • 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.

      • JR 2:05 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome Charles to a confusing attraction – it never leaves with age so hearing from others helped me understand. I too “always been obsessed with a girl who’s got a little metal on her shoes”. Hearing her metallic click is an instant turn on and even just knowing she has metal on her shoes does it too. I find women with metal on their heels interesting and alluring. With me I believe it is because my mother wore metal clicking cleats on her heels when she was pregnant with me, and until I was about 8. During these years; in the 1950s came stilettos that mostly came with metal tips which became a national symbol for sexiness. (My mother when dressed up always wore metal tip stilettos – maybe this is why I have so many younger siblings??) Through the years metal has nearly disappeared from the streets in US, but for me the obsession never does. Even today at nearly 70 I’m obsessed in determining if a women has metal tips on her high heels. In EU, especially Germany an Poland, metal tip heels are somewhat common with today’s women – much like how the US was in the 1960s. When your obsession needs hit, just go on YouTube and flip through videos of women in high heels and listen for the metallic clicking or look hard to see if she has metal tips.

        I clearly recall one time when at a business gathering noticing a women’s metal tip her high heel peaking out under her business pantsuit leg which was excitement to see, but then the pinnacle was when she began walking on a hard surface – I still hear her clicking and picture her stride.

    • 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.

      • JR 12:52 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Like DGM I have only seen side taps once – I was teaching a class to realtors and a 40s something women had side taps on the inside edge of her highheel pumps. It was evident when she walked they served a purpose as her feet swung an arc as she walked. The thoughts of metal on a women’s shoes has always turned me on, but sadly not that time – I actually felt sorry for her condition.

    • 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!!!!!


      • 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!


        • 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.)

    • aoxiang 12:05 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am a Chinese with bad English. Thirty years ago, lots of people had 4 or 6 metal taps on a shoe: one heel , one toe, one or two on each sides of soles(usually, men with two on each side,but women with only one). But after 1990s, almost nobody wants side taps-even rubber one. only can find some rubber side taps for women’s highheels because poor quality highheels (MADE IN CHINA) were easy to worn down the heels,especially the outside of the heels. If using a side taps on the outer-side of the sole, the heel would be worn down slower.(Lots of Chinese shoemaker said so).

      • tapgrrl 10:51 am on September 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome to the blog, Aoxiang. Can you write something about your own use of metal taps? Can you send any photos of Chinese shoes with them on? You can email them to me at And your English is FINE! I’m not familiar enough with Chinese names to know if you are a man or woman. Doesn’t matter but nice to know!

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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

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