How do I Care for my Dance Shoes?
Using a Shoe Brush
Dance shoes have a special leather bottom that allows you to spin smoothly and yet have a slight
grip on the floor so you don't go sliding into the person beside you (in theory).
Over time this leather gets matted down by pressure and dirt on the dance floor. You can purchase a
shoe brush for around $10 to "brush" the dirt and un-matte your shoes. This helps your shoes stay in good
dancing condition. When you brush your shoes, do so outside or over a trash can...not on the dance floor,
it leaves a mess.
Also...you should NEVER wear your shoes outside of a dance studio...it will tear your bottoms up
and shorten the life of your shoe.
People often keep there shoes in a shoe bag for easy carrying and so they don't get dirt on them
while thrown in the car and the like. It is also helpful to keep an odor-eating sachet in your shoes
while you are not dancing so your feet aren't offensive to other people. Keeping band-aids in your shoe
bag isn't a bad idea either.
The are various shoe cobblers around the area that can make adjustments to your shoes, such as
re-glueing rhinestones that have fallen off, shoes soles that are coming off, even re-soling
your shoes, and adding additional holes to your straps.
Ladies, it is common and recommended to wear "heel protectors" on your shoes.
Ladies heels can scrape up the dance floor and other peoples feet. In fact, if you are dancing
correctly for the standard/smooth dances your heels should wear down as your push from your heel.
Heel protectors are inexpensive plastic covers your slip over your heel that you can change when
they wear down instead of having to replace your actual dance shoe heels. They can be purchased at
some of the links below. Be sure to order heel covers that are the same size as your heels.
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