When To Buy New Tap Shoes

IMAGE Three pairs of custom designed K360′s created by Matt at dancingfair.com IMAGEIt is no secret that tap dancers grow very fond of their tap shoes. With the high level of aesthetic customization that exists today, it is easy to attribute fond memories with a particular pair of tap shoes.

I loved my blue Capezio K360s. I kept them around for over two years. When the lateral side, or outer edge, of my feet started to ache, I figured I must have landed wrong during a difficult step. When they got really sore, I thought that I must have been doing something chronically wrong. When sharp, electric jolts of pain kept me from dancing, I realized I had been doing something wrong. I needed new shoes.

Three days after receiving my new pair of shoes, my pains from the previous six months had disappeared. If I were to put on my old blue shoes, the pain would come back. I had learned my lesson the hard way.

A new pair of tap shoes are not only important for correcting current problems, but are necessary in preventing a smorgasbord of potentially painful ailments.

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Introducing The Great Tap Shoeganza!

The tap shoe has evolved into a precision instrument that, in the hands of a capable dancer, becomes the ultimate tool for self-expression in contemporary percussive dance.  Joining Tristan as a consultant for this series, is Matthew A. Schroepfer, Certified Pedorthist and owner of Dancing Fair Inc., a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of quality dance footwear, bodywear, legwear and dance accessories.

IMAGE A well-worn but unique ladies tap shoe. IMAGEA Tap Shoe Is A Tap Shoe Is A…

No, not all tap shoes are created equal, and choosing the right pair is an important step in developing your style as an artist.  The proper tap shoe should be matched to a dancer based on the dancer’s physicality and musicality.

In other words, dancers should choose their tap shoes based on how hard or how much they dance and what notes they wish to incorporate into their musical palate.  Special attention should be paid to the quality of the materials used to build the shoe, the actual construction of the shoe, and the durability of the shoe.

Of course, it never hurts to exercise frugality.  Thanks in part to the tap dance festival circuit, the Internet, and an outcropping of young talent, there is an informed and active consumer base for all things tap dance, from the shoes to the floors to the type of microphone best suited to capture the warm, organic sounds of tap.  With a larger consumer base and a more competitive market, the modern tap shoe is not only constructed better than ever before, but is on the verge of a major break in price.

Talent is talent, there are no two ways about it, and there is no magic shoe that transforms poor technique into artistry.  However, the right tool is necessary for optimal self-expression. Would John Marin’s watercolors be as captivating if he had a crummy paintbrush that left molted bristles from its tuft?

As your interest in tap grows, your body and skill level will demand new and better constructed tap shoes.
Warning: After you’ve found the perfect pair, be wary of the most neglected aspect of tap shoe ownership: knowing when it is time to get a new pair.

The Great Shoeganza

In this series, I will deconstruct the modern tap shoe to provide you with enough information to confidently evaluate and buy the ideal pair, let you know when it’s time to buy a new pair of tap shoes, and give hands on reviews of the top shoes in the industry. Bloch, SoDanca, Capezio, Leo’s…whose shoe will come out on top?

I: Deconstructing A Tap Shoe (be a more informed buyer)
II: When To Buy New Tap Shoes
III: Customizing Your Tap Shoes:
IV: Shoe Reviews:

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We’ve got plenty in store for you in the coming posts but…

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