These aren't just good for drumming, the slip-on is advantageous for those of us traveling through the airports in the U.S.! Might have to get a pair before I take my next tripJust picked these up. Don't remember if I've ever owned Van's before. I feel like a 58yo teenage skateboarder. Suave'
To my way of thinking, this pretty much sums up why you should get used to playing in anything. (not intending to single you out here either, moreso it just provides a good general example of the downside of becoming reliant on one pair of shoes to play in.)Dave Weckl used to have a branded shoe for drumming. They are no longer available, but the concept is to play in the same shoe every time for consistency. I wear leather soled moccasins but i would have to believe that wrestling shoes are the next best choice. They have a very thin sole that allows for maximum feel with a good gripping traction. If anyone knows where I can obtain a new pair of size 11 Weckl shoes...
Have you ever played in Mickey Mouse shoes? I saw the parade. I know you're Mickey! jk...Regarding the topic on discussion though, you really should learn how to play in a variety of shoes. I've done weddings in a tux, and learned how to play with dress shoes, I've done country gigs with boots and a hat, and although I love the deck shoe-type (Vans) that I've managed to sneak on all other gigs, you never know when you will have to play or what you will have to wear. My recommendation is just to learn how to play in all kinds of stuff. If you saw me on my current gig you'd think it was unplayable altogether!
+1 To both of these posts! I have a cheap pair of Asics that I use, hell I just leave them on after I drum and wear them around the house lol. Like Shambo said, thin, flexible and grippy, best bang for your buck.One day after wrestling practice, I kept my wrestling shoes on and started playing and have never looked back!