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Old 01-03-2011, 01:13 AM
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I've been playing with running shoes for years but have been having trouble getting additional speed from my BD foot. I used to be an avid bowler and decided to give my old bowling shoes a try. One sole was smooth leather and the other rubber (BD foot) and even that shoe allows me to slide more than the running shoes so I can perform slide doubles. I just bought some Dexter Turbo 2 bowling shoes for about $50 that have smooth leather soles on both feet and they're awesome! Not too slick but enough to allow slide doubles and the raised heel is rubber so good for heel down stuff as well.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:26 AM
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I only wear socks when I drum. The socks are always knee- socks and have to be a crazy design. Such as very funky colored rainbows, or stripes, or bright argyle designs. Try It!!!!
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:12 AM
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Here is a link to the shoes I wear. The prilce posted is not good anymore. I am not sure how to get them. I have two pair and I love them.

buthttp://www.myshinebox.com/portals/0/campaignphotos/DrivingShoeShineBox.pdf
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:15 AM
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I don't know guys, The Ruby Slippers are still looking pretty good to me :)
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:07 AM
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Converse All-Stars. That's all I'll ever wear to play drums. I thought there'd be more of us!
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:12 AM
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I just use any shoe with a hard rubber bottom. Doesn't slip at all on my gibraltar avenger, which lots of the time are known to be slippery.
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:15 PM
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Vans Old Schools. Don't like playing in anything else. Converse feel to thin for me as I like a bit of padding and Doc Martens are to heavy and over padded.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:10 AM
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Either my Vans Authentics or my AC/DC Converse. They have fabrics rather than canvas which is pretty awesome, and I can play pretty good on the pedals wearing the Converse.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:30 AM
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I really like those Puma Speed Kings. My wife is constantly making fun of me for owning drum shoes.

Well......

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Old 07-21-2011, 02:54 AM
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Shoes I prefer to play in are my Pumas, however I pretty much play in whatever I'm wearing, but I prefer shoes with a flat sole.
Most difficult to play in would have to be flip flops. It can be painful when your toes get caught in the chain, lol.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:05 AM
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Adidas Derby's or Courtstars.

Comfy as hell, perfect for Pedal Playing.

(At home bare feet)
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:23 AM
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The best shoe is the one mother nature gave me. I can't stand playing with anything other than bare feet or socks...
Same here I like bare feet.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:25 AM
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Cannot beat the Puma SpeedCats!

exactly what Ive been wearing for years.


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Old 08-03-2011, 04:06 PM
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I used to play the hi-hat barefoot, but the bass drum wearing a sock. I think I might start doing that again ;)
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:34 AM
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exactly what Ive been wearing for years.


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Old 08-09-2011, 10:16 PM
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I wear these:



So so comfy, great response and feel, not much grip so just right for pedal work and they feel like naked feet just with the thin sole to know that you have some foot protection...
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:54 AM
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A friend of mine swears by Converse All Stars. I used to use Airwalks or Pumas, but lately I've changed over to these. They are Skechers "Urban Track" or something like that. I actually ran into another drummer who used the same shoes as well.



When I play at church however I usually play in these, they are Streetcars.
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:15 PM
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I have a pair of Dreaks but have used them maybe 5 times. I prefer/keep on practicing barefoot (socks) which gives me a better playing feel. Footwear does result in more punch/volume though (which doesn't matter for me).

I tried out slippers once and surprisingly, they worked really well (with a double pedal - I'm practicing a lot of doublebass). I also tried my running shoes (Asics) - they didn't work for me at all. Maybe I could get accustomed to them but I don't want to spend time on that so barefoot will do for me. I guess when playing the slide technique, the combination of pedal plate surface/grip and footwear/barefoot (socks) grip has to "match", but the slide technique seems too hard for me to learn so I'm ignoring it (instead, heel up and especially heel toe works great for me).

I haven't dared to try combat boots but today my footweights (2x 5 lbs) have arrived so for home practicing, I guess footweights will be my "footwear" for 50% of my doublebass practice (Gene Hoglan inspired).

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I just tried out the Dreaks again - the previous time I used them is months ago. My impression of using Dreaks vs. barefoot (in addition to the above):

Footwear...
= produces more even volume (kind of 'compression' effect)
= has a narrower sweet spot - barefoot is more forgiving (especially heel-toe)
= has an ankle stabilisation effect - great for my weak left foot (my left foot tends to make some lateral/weird movement due to a lack of strength, my right foot never does this)
= makes heel-up easier (more control, more power)
= With heel-toe, I have less feel in my fastest ranges (up to 270 bpm) although footwear makes no difference in achieving the same speed
= Lastly, due to my tiny ankles, I can't tighten my footweights (I have them for a few days now) enough so they slip onto my ankles, limiting ankle motion. With footwear, the footweights will stay above the Drakes so they don't limit ankle motion.

I'll definitely give footwear a new chance. My heel-up speed is stuck at 240 bpm for months (that's why I've been concentrating on heel-toe which started to really work). Let's see...

I also practice some hihat (incl. splash sounds). I guess footwork won't be of a benefit on the hihat, I want/need more freedom and feel so with hihat I'll stick to barefoot.

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Old 08-23-2011, 05:36 AM
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I recently was shoe shopping and passed the wrestling section and thought "Hey these would be perfect for drumming." So i picked em up, Id imagine any wrestling shoes would do, no bulk and they conform to the foot well. So far I like em.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:23 PM
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I use the exact same shoes that i wear everyday Vans Authentics



I find them extremely comfortable to drum in as there pretty light.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:53 PM
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I'm using just random shoes which I bought from local market.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:41 PM
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:13 PM
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Here is my normal Drumming apparel...
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:09 AM
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Oh, and I almost forgot, I'm nothing if not wearing my headband..
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:30 AM
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I'll only wear my Chuck T's. Oh, and my Danners. And my Rainbows. Oh, and my Kenneth Coles. Am I the only one who doesn't place that much value on footwear and drumming? Dag!!
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:33 AM
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I simply cannot cope unless I have these:

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Old 09-03-2011, 08:04 AM
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Bare feet, no shirt, shorts. That's all i use
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:36 PM
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Bare feet, no shirt, shorts. That's all i use

Your going Jon Theodore on us uh!
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:49 PM
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These offer me a great feel and sensitivity and protect me from the rats that roam the stages at the dive bars we play at.

They go great with my Kevlar bass drum head.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:55 AM
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Your going Jon Theodore on us uh!
He's a huge influence LOL, i cant play my chaotic bombastic fun with shoes or a shirt :D
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:41 AM
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I wear these for school concerts.

These are the current ones

I also like these.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:28 PM
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Steel toe boots or nothing!!!!

I also attach 5 pound ankle weights for that added "thud" effect.

Seriously though,I have not found any shoe that works nearly as well as playing bare foot.Though I have not had to play in harsh cold yet,so I could see where getting used to playing with a shoe would be more beneficial.
I would imagine that as long as they are light enough,and grip well,any shoe would work.Just have to get used to them.

I used light gauge guitar picks exclusively for years.Switched to heavy for more attack and now I wont use anything else.Point is it isnt the fingers or the feet.Its more about the player.From there you can make anything work with a little practice.

by the way I wonder if the ankle weight thing would work.Like a baseball player using a weighted bat for practice swings before stepping up to the plate.Would think it would add speed and endurance.I may have to actually try this.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:14 PM
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Steel toe boots or nothing!!!!

I also attach 5 pound ankle weights for that added "thud" effect.

Seriously though,I have not found any shoe that works nearly as well as playing bare foot.Though I have not had to play in harsh cold yet,so I could see where getting used to playing with a shoe would be more beneficial.
I would imagine that as long as they are light enough,and grip well,any shoe would work.Just have to get used to them.

I used light gauge guitar picks exclusively for years.Switched to heavy for more attack and now I wont use anything else.Point is it isnt the fingers or the feet.Its more about the player.From there you can make anything work with a little practice.

by the way I wonder if the ankle weight thing would work.Like a baseball player using a weighted bat for practice swings before stepping up to the plate.Would think it would add speed and endurance.I may have to actually try this.
The ankle weight thing is quite overly discussed. Yes many still support the thought of it, but at the same time, many will go on about how easily you can hurt yourself.

Personally, drumming isn't about strength, its about technique and execution.

Look at Kung Fu masters, while they are built, they are relatively small in size and yet are able to face opponents twice their size. Focus, focus, focus. No ankle weight can give you this.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:04 PM
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I use Converse Chuck Taylors. Awesome shoes, lightweight and quite flexible... Not to mention, STYLISH!
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:16 PM
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I use Converse Chuck Taylors. Awesome shoes, lightweight and quite flexible... Not to mention, STYLISH!
Exactly the reason why I've never used any (also outside of drumming) and I swear I'll never will. Although they seem good/comfy for drumming, but they look... bah.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:35 PM
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I use the exact same shoes that i wear everyday Vans Authentics



I find them extremely comfortable to drum in as there pretty light.
I also drum in vans sometimes.
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:02 AM
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My tastes have recently changed.

I now need the fairytale influence to be able to drum:

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Old 10-19-2011, 12:07 AM
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My tastes have recently changed.

I now need the fairytale influence to be able to drum:

You could run little fans in the toes. :)
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:33 AM
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I was going with water jets.

Christ, is there any more boring thread on this forum?
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:45 PM
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When it comes to my bass pedals i prefer Power over speed and i find that a heavier shoe works best for me, so i wear a pair of caterpillar boots, then again sometimes i also play in just socks...just depends what im feeling really, i wouldnt really get to hung up on what shoes your wearing, its not gonna make a massive difference, just play it what you feel msot comfortable in.
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