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Old 02-01-2011, 04:11 AM
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Default Barefoot? Or with Shoes? how do you play?

I used to always play barefoot, I find I am far more precise with my bass drum when im playing with shoes, what about everyone else? pros and cons of each?
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:15 AM
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Default Re: Barefoot? Or with Shoes? how do you play?

I dig skate/bmx shoes since there's not too much mush between me and the pedal. I've tried in running shoes and something definitely gets lost in all that padding.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:19 AM
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I wear DCs, they work fairly nice
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:39 AM
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When I first started playing, I would play in moccasin-style house slippers (just plain ol' Totes brand). So, I actually used those slippers at every gig for about the first 7-8 years of my playing. Then I switched over to shoes for some reason and I liked it (I probably forgot to bring my slippers one time or something). The shoes I was wearing at that time were FILA brand basketball shoes (hey, I was trying to be cool).

Then one day I switched to these Sketchers shoes:

http://www.skechers.com/style/4296/w...s-harvard/bwxv

I switched to this style because my goal was to get shoes that were a bit more mature-looking. At the time, I wasn't considering how they would affect my playing. But to my surprise, it wasn't a problem at all. There was a short adjustment period, but even then it wasn't much of a problem. And the slightly extra stiffness of these shoes as compared to those basketball shoes seemed to help my pedal-playing somehow (I think it made my feet feel more invincible). But y'know, I would expect to play better in something more flexible and in something with a curve to accommodate the natural rocking motion of my feet. Yet somehow these seem to let me play the way I want.

I even experimented playing barefoot and in just socks, but I didn't like it. I think I prefer the protection of shoes.

However, I have considered trying to find shoes that are generally considered to be excellent for drummers! So, I hope to see some of those shoes mentioned here as well as how to get them!
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:05 PM
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last summer i started to play mostly barefoot or in socks. since then it always feels strange playing with shoes so i dont do it anymore
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:06 PM
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Default Re: Barefoot? Or with Shoes? how do you play?

Right now I've only ever played at my house so I do it barefoot but I'm looking into taking a lesson so I'm assuming I'm going to be wearing shoes then...I'll have to invest in some non-hightop shoes to give my ankles some move room. I've tried playing in shoes and I hate it.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:21 PM
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:16 PM
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My super vegan iPath skate shoes, OF COURSE!!! I never play barefoot, what if I had to suddenly jump up and kick a butt?
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:41 PM
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Default Re: Barefoot? Or with Shoes? how do you play?

i used to play barefoot all the time, but eventually i gave up because a lot of the stages we were playing on were covered with evil pointy things that could get embedded in your foot like pieces of guitar strings, screws, glass, and so on. i still play barefoot at home sometimes though. i like being able to feel where i am on the pedal.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:43 PM
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Default Re: Barefoot? Or with Shoes? how do you play?

It depends on the pedal for me... i prefer barefoot over shoes. My acoustic set has a DW3000 double and bare feet is great. On my E kit I have a single chain DW5000 and I need to wear shoes, kinda weird I guess.

With shoes I feel like I can stomp it out but bare feet give me a little more control and finesse. I like the question because I've only seen one drummer I like playing barefoot, everyone else seams to wear shoes?
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:47 PM
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I play with shoes on most of the time. I always have them tied super tight. I've found Chuck Taylors to work the best but i'm not a big fan of them because I have a wide foot. I tried playing bare foot once but decided it wasn't a good idea when my foot slipped and slammed in the chain. It didn't feel very good.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:52 PM
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I do enjoy playing barefoot, but after getting the skin on a toe ripped off by the pedal chain, and considering the amount of woodchips my rimshots produce (those hickory splinters are extremely painful), I prefer to play in shoes.

I use Converse Chuck Taylor High Tops when playing live, and Adidas Good Year for practice and rehearsals. Works very well.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:11 PM
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i used to only play barefoot, but it started to tear at the bottoms of my feet... i like adidas sambas for everything.. drums, indoor soccer, longboarding, job interviews, weddings...
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:14 PM
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:11 AM
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Whatever is on my feet, that's what I play in. Over the years I've played in Chucks high-tops, Vans, Doc's, Army GP's, running sneakers, leather dress shoes, barefoot and a few others, I've no doubt forgotten about.

I prefer thinner soled shoes like Chucks or Vans, but have never limited myself into "only" being able to play in this or that.

The only limitation I put on myself is, no flip flops.....a bona fide nightmare!! :-)
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:22 AM
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Either socks when it's warm outside (I wear socks year round). A pair of old leather sandals that I wash my car in and wear around the house (surprisingly they're very comfortable). Or old, beat up, low top Chuck Taylor's (where the tread on the soles are hardened and worn flat). I can't stand playing in new Chucks though, there's way too much grip in my opinion.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:10 AM
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Default Re: Barefoot? Or with Shoes? how do you play?

I used to know a guy that used wrestling shoes, but I personally just take my shoes off and play in my socks. Barefoot would work too, but I don't like black feet when I'm done lol!
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:16 AM
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Either socks when it's warm outside (I wear socks year round). A pair of old leather sandals that I wash my car in and wear around the house (surprisingly they're very comfortable).
Hey Stoney......PLEEEEAAAAASE tell me you don't wear your socks AND your leather sandals at the same time?!?!?!?!

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Old 02-02-2011, 05:29 AM
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If I have shoes on I'll play with shoes. If I do not have shoes on, I'll play with my feet.

It doesn't make a difference to me. I think that all this "foot wear affects your playing" is all bullocks, unless you're wearing like iron toed boots or something I guess haha
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:28 AM
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thinner sole shoes like vans etc...but pridgen kills it in just socks so...yeah....
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:29 PM
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I've gone a little back and forth.

My DW5000 pedals initally scared my feet a little and definetly ate my socks, but I'm back to barefoot again now and don't think I'll ever go back. I can play both ways, but I guess I just like being barefoot in general.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:36 PM
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Socks!
I had a falling out with socks for a little bit though because I ripped a chunk of skin off of my big toe from the chain, but my technique and chain awareness have both improved and I've come back to the sock playing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:49 PM
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Chucks are AMAZINGLY comfortable and accurate. there's no heel. the shoe is completely flat. I prefer the cut offs from the hi-tops, but never the less... i only play with my chucks!! :D
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:31 AM
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If flip flops count as shoes, then that's what I voted for. The kind that has a thong thing that goes between your toes. Only a few times I felt comfortable drumming with a heavy shoe with the laces untied.

I don't like drumming barefoot because my feet get all sweaty. ^^;
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:53 AM
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To be completely honest never really thought about it. I tend to wear flat soled trainers or converse.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:39 PM
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Either. I can never play with slippers (flip flops). Just like running or driving: Either barefoot or shoes. Slippers are too cumbersome and clumsy.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:05 PM
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Some more talk about footwear:

Bare Feet, Socks or Shoes?

Drumming shoes

Drummers' shoes thread!!

Shoes/Socks/Bare feet?
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:17 PM
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...Any slippers, flip-flops, leather sandals?
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:26 PM
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I could never play barefoot... Pedals are always cold to me, so even with socks it's just uncomfortable. I also don't have a particular difference in shoes. I usually wear leather Chuck Taylors, but I also have Addidas superstars. As long as they're shoes, I'm fine, lol.

Anyone know what it's like to drum in cowboy boots? I've often wondered that...
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:07 AM
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One of these usually works for me. If not, just barefoot.
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Socks ftw. I play heel down mainly, so shoes really inhibit my response. Plus there's zero pedal feel. I do a lot of fast stuff heel up with my big toe lol. I always tuck my pantleg in my sock too. Same with my......

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:14 AM
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Lately I've been playing with just socks on. My kick work feels more accurate, But at the same time I feel I loose a lot of power on each stroke.
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I like these. Vibram fivefingers.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:23 PM
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The first few decades I played with shoes traditional grip. The last 16 years I've played barefoot matched grip. With the calluses on my feet I could walk on nails. If it is easy stuff I'll wear shoes, but if I prefer barefoot. And naked with just a sock on my privates-Naw just kidding with the sock.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:15 AM
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Barefoot only - sox are too slippery and all shoes are too cumbersome imo....

So do you shoe guys and girls wear gloves too? ;-)
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That's funny! I have the opposite issue. I am far less precise when playing with shoes. I guess it's all a matter of comfort
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:16 PM
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Up until about a month ago I always played in my socks... I always felt that i had more precision from my kick pedal... Then while my wife and i were out shopping for new tennis shoes for each of us I saw these suede Pumas and they were on sale for 30 bucks so I thought "why not?"... wore them that night to a gig and they felt fantastic on my feet! very light and thin soled with great flexibility and the traction on the thin soles were the perfect amount, for me.... no more shoes underneath the snare while i play!

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Barefoot at home, Vibram Fivefingers elsewhere, unless it's really cold in the basement, then I'll wear the fivefingers.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:49 PM
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I wear shoes. I've never played barefoot, and I've tried with socks, but never really liked it.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:01 AM
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I play wearing Doc Marton boots! haha But I only play heel down at the moment. I reckon when I try heel up it wont be so easy...But wearing these for heel down makes it LOUDER which doesn't really happen when I wear Converse :-(
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