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Old 04-29-2010, 07:34 PM
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Best Shoes for Drumming


The most common response when asked what kind of footware is best for playing is 'Dude, I only play barefoot'. So if you DO wear shoes when you play, what do you wear? I am currently breaking in a new set of Vans Classic Skate shoes. Never had a pair before and wonder if anyone else has tried them for drumming, and what their experience has been.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:00 AM
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Re: Best Shoes for Drumming


I used my 1980's black and white checkered Vans for years, but retired them a number of years back. I currently use a wrestling shoe. They are very light, breath well and have thin soles so you can feel the pedals.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:17 AM
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Hi Der Trommler!

Thanks for responding! How did your vans hold up? You say that you retired them so are they in a display case or something? So far the Van's I have seem to work better than anything else I've tried. I seem to get pretty good sensitivity up through the sole, and they sure are comfortable.
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Re: Best Shoes for Drumming


Hey, I have been struggling with this lately have tried most type and and currently trying a pair od Converse shoe( not boot) these seem better that trainner I have been using. Am convinsed that a flat shoe with a thin sole is best. But you got to try differnt thinks, one thing for sure the more u use them the qixker u will need a new pair. X
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Re: Best Shoes for Drumming


Hey dannysbeat!

Thanks for your input. If my new Van's don't cut the mustard, everyone else says try the Converse All-Star low tops. So far, the only thing I have used the Van's for is drumming, and they seem to be holding up pretty well. Keep me posted on how the Converse work for you OK?
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:06 PM
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Re: Best Shoes for Drumming


My Vans are still in good shape after (I am estimating) 15 years of everyday use behind the kit. The only reason I went to a wrestling shoe was because the sole was so thin and they are very very light.

Vans are perfect because of the flat sole, you will do well with them.
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The most common response when asked what kind of footware is best for playing is 'Dude, I only play barefoot'. So if you DO wear shoes when you play, what do you wear? I am currently breaking in a new set of Vans Classic Skate shoes. Never had a pair before and wonder if anyone else has tried them for drumming, and what their experience has been.
i have tried all sorts dont recomend wincle pickers like Ringo star wore..or any leather with slippy bottoms fatal.... shoes without a rubber sole...heels are no good so women's 9 inch killer heels no good... heels are out and high plat form shoes 70s no good...

I wear mostly basket ball trainers got a nice collection of converse.... at the moment i have a real comfy pair of double front zip up boots ultra light called king Pavers...thermal teflon like soft snow boots ankle high....so light its like bare feet......no good in California too hot
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A metal drummer needs steel toe caps or foundry boot so he can put his foot through the bass drum
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Re: Best Shoes for Drumming


Anything your comfortable with.

Its like the 'hand fit glove' analogy. The more you play i one pair of shoes your muscles will adapt to.

I once saw a video of Billy Cobham playing in work boots. I think he was having a hard time.

I favour anything with a thin sole; non leather, so the feet breathe too. The sole has less traction too e.g. grips on running shoes.

Recently I am wearing nike swimming sandals, because I lounge about in those. If I played in public again, I think I might try kung fu slippers.
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its what ever u feel comfortable in dude and it dont restrict your performace
simple A + B =C
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