Blakey's - Segs Appeal
Calling all would-be cobblers. Blakey's now have an online shop selling their shoe protectors directly. Between full shoes repairs, I certainly knock a Blakey's seg or two into the leather soles of my shoes, both heel and toe sizes that add a satisfying 'clack' when I walk. They're tricky to whack into older leather soles, but it's very satisfying when you knock one in sweetly and know that it's going to be doing it's job protecting the sole for a good while.
I like to don an apron and some half-rimmed glasses when I fit my segs - my cobbler look - then, kneeling, position the shoes between my thighs and knock in the segs with rapid taps of my tack hammer. Maybe with Puccini heroines singing in the background. The type of segs you need depend on how your shoes wear. Mine wear down just at the front tip and on one side of heel. Luckily Blakey's sell segs in all shapes and sizes
The company started as Blakey Shoes Segs and Protectors in 1902, then Blakey's became a brand manufactured by the newly-named Pennine Castings. The company and brand survives because the products can't be bettered for the function they perform. A British company with a fine heritage that still manufactures in the UK - music to Tweedy's ears. Good value too.