My fave boots...brass wing tips....one popped off....18 miles away from home. I remember scuffing a sewer grate but didn't realize the scuffle claimed the wing tip till I got home.
What to do? Well, I grabbed a pair of pliers and removed the other one. Then I removed the 3 prongs on both boots that held the wing tips on. I used the remaining wing tip as a pattern to make another set...out. of duck tape. Watch videos #398 and #399 to see how to do this repair. Quick, easy, kinda fun, totally finctional.
I could have made some with armiture wire or simply scrubbed off the deteriorating glue...but I chose to recreate them with duck tape. I think it came out rather well.
Give it a try.