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    Default Heel Plates

    What is the correct way to have heal plates installed? Surface or inlet mounted?
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    heel plates weren't issued with brogans. Anywho, they're used by re'nacters more because of the expense of the shoe, helps them last longer. Although, re'nactors would pay $100 for a pair of sneakers that will last a year in a heartbeat, I digress...

    however, both ways are correct. you see more inletted on original boots.
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    Thank you sir. I was planning on going with boots. I am reading more and more of solders who had boots sent,brought boots from home when on furlough or bought when they had enough money.
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    I would like to know more about this topic.

    I always assumed heel plates were nailed to the bottom of the heel. I'm guessing this is what is meant by "on the surface".

    Are you saying that you cut a channel for the plates to be recessed in?

    Did the heel plate outer profile match the outer profile of the heel itself, so you would cut a "step" around the outside of the heel rather than a "channel" for them to sit in?

    Does anyone have a picture?

    My brogans have no heel plates and consequently the heels have worn down after just a couple of years of monthly use. I've considered heel plates though I worry about being able to wear them indoors afterwards - they'd scratch the crap out of my laminate floors at home.

    Steve
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    I didn't mess around with my brogans. I installed "Southern Rubber" on the heels and soles. No more slipin and slidin, or wet feet from the dew. I know, I know, I'll hear about it, but they are my feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel Dave View Post
    I didn't mess around with my brogans. I installed "Southern Rubber" on the heels and soles. No more slipin and slidin, or wet feet from the dew. I know, I know, I'll hear about it, but they are my feet.

    Rebel Dave

    Can I get some info on the "Southern Rubber"? Sounds like it might be interesting to a fellow confederate infantryman.

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    Another use for duct tape. Put in on your heels before coming into the house. Or, just take off your brogans on the back stoop as I do.
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    Default "Southern Rubber"

    From the sounds of it, it's just a thin non-skid coating. Any good shoe repair place should be able to do it - my local one carries a number of different products. Just tell them that you want a thin, non-skid coating ans they'll show you what they have.

    I've used something called "Cat's Paw" on mocassins with good results. When I got my first pair of new brogans, I had it put on them. Fortunately they weren't good brogans, because I found that I absolutely hated it - it made drilling/facings much more difficult because of the "stick". Not long after, and partially prompted by that (and partially that they were a bit too small), I got a pair of good Robert Land brogans and am very happy to be with "just" the issue sole/plates.

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    Christopher
    I took the brogans to a good shoe repair shop, and had them oversole them, with a minnie vibram rubber sole. It holds up well and is indescrete, unless your walking with your head on the ground.

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