Segs for shoes

Younger readers may not even know what these were but, in the days of leather heels and soles on shoes, which wore down quite quickly, their life could be extended a bit by hammering in a few segs.

We have several examples of these in Market Lavington Museum. This card of Peter Pan segs has the outer face on show under the cellophane wrapper.

These Blakey’s segs came in a variety of shapes to suit different sizes of shoes and the part of the sole or heel that was to be protected.

Looking at the reverse of this card, we can see the nails that formed the lower part of the seg, allowing it to be hammered in to the underside of the boot or shoe.

One if our cards of segs, called shoe studs here, came with an advertisement showing the range of shapes and sizes available to suit different locations.

Whilst they might have been robust and extended the life of the shoe or delayed the need for resoling or heeling at the shoe repairer’s shop, they were not without their disadvantages. They made for noisy footsteps on some surfaces and sometimes caused your foot to slip forward, particularly on smooth concrete paving slabs.


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