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Old 01-24-2012, 08:23 AM
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I'm looking for some good shoes for playing drums in. I've played in Chuck's for years but I'm now looking for something with more padding on the inner sole.

I tried the DB drum shoes and did not like them. The instep of the shoe was too high.

Does Vic Firth still make thier drum shoes?

I have a wide foot with a high instep, so it's hard for me to find shoes that feel great.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:04 PM
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i just use flat soled shoes, some adidas/nikes or boxfresh plimsole type things
as long as they have flat soles its cool
my feet are size 15 US so its hard to find stuff
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:15 PM
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Have you tried playing barefoot (or w/ socks)?

Pros:
No need for shoes, no need to bother _which_ shoes to buy. Any technique will work equally well. Minimum friction with certain "special" techniques like swiveling. (And there is quite some difference in playing feel, depending on the socks used! Some have more friction than others.)

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Less punch/volume. More strain on the ankles. Small likeliness to maybe catch a splinter from a stick. Getting cold feet during the winter.

I was going barefoot until recently I started playing at least sometimes with shoes - I'm using Dreaks drumming shoes. They are ok but when I started practicing singles w/ swiveling I noticed they have too much grip - which is good for some stuff and bad for other. Next time I'm in for buying drumming shoes I'll check that parameter, too. Now I'm going some 30% with footwear, but mostly playing w/ socks.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:48 PM
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if you are playing at home/recording then sure barefeet is fine (it actually provides a lot of traction on the pedals as long as you keep your feet dry), but live... be far too sweaty
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:11 PM
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I usually wear a pair of Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 shoes when I play. They are pretty minimal, not a ton of support which means you feel the pedal under your foot a lot better, and they are pretty flexible, and also look pretty good.

http://www.zappos.com/asics-onitsuka-tiger-mexico-66
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:07 PM
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I usually wear a pair of Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 shoes when I play. They are pretty minimal, not a ton of support which means you feel the pedal under your foot a lot better, and they are pretty flexible, and also look pretty good.

http://www.zappos.com/asics-onitsuka-tiger-mexico-66
Yep I own a pair of those as well. Comfortable and great for drumming.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:14 PM
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PS: There's already a (big) thread o drum shoes... somewhere here on DRUMMERWORLD.

I thought this thread was more specific to the OP's feet.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:18 PM
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well this is the new drum shoes thread. don't worry, people duplicate threads about which double kick pedal to buy all the time, i'm sure we can duplicate the drum shoes thread and get away with it.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:20 PM
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I am practicing in boots right now, but I do not recommend playing in them. Heavy dang boots.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:52 PM
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I still play in Chucks. But low tops. I played in high tops for quite a while, but now that I've made the switch to the lows, I don't see myself ever playing in a different shoe. For my specific purposes and technique, this is the perfect drumming shoe.

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:14 PM
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Barefoot for now. When I was younger I used my wrestling shoes but cut them down... I'm looking for some thin soled shoes. Thanks for the Asics info.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:55 PM
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New Balance makes wide shoes. Maybe they have a nice light running shoe that will work for you. Just a thought. I use flip flops myself.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:51 PM
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What I use for about two years now is somekind of water shoes that I found at walmart for 10$. It's like playing with only socks on but with a rubber grip for a better control of the pedal.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:59 PM
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I drum barefoot, in socks, or with a variety of shoes. I find thick socks are probably the best for speed and control, but I prefer using shoes once I am comfortable enough with a technique, it makes you get better at your technique and doesn't require you to walk around gigs taking off your shoes. I find any shoes that aren't too heavy, leave your ankle open, and have a relatively flat sole will do, why waste money on extra shoes spend it on gear that makes noise, then your technique wont require you to have specific shoes with you all the time.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:17 AM
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I drum barefoot, in socks, or with a variety of shoes. I find thick socks are probably the best for speed and control, but I prefer using shoes once I am comfortable enough with a technique, it makes you get better at your technique and doesn't require you to walk around gigs taking off your shoes. I find any shoes that aren't too heavy, leave your ankle open, and have a relatively flat sole will do, why waste money on extra shoes spend it on gear that makes noise, then your technique wont require you to have specific shoes with you all the time.
because your everyday shoes get wet or muddy when raining and in winter you have a lot of salt on your shoes. why introduce the extra dirt, salt and moisture to the pedal?
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:15 AM
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because your everyday shoes get wet or muddy when raining and in winter you have a lot of salt on your shoes. why introduce the extra dirt, salt and moisture to the pedal?
Long bow for mine.

It ain't the shoe, it's the foot of the guy wearing the shoe.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:30 AM
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I am using this pair of Nike 6.0's that are bright green on the bottom with matching bright green laces. They are the mavrk low 6.0 definately hard to find. Im thinking about getting Puma speedcats next, because I heard they are supposed to be really good.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:40 AM
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Vans low tops are a good shoe. They feel similar to my Chucks.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:44 AM
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If Sheila E can drum in heels, so can you.



Or you can just wear what is comfortable for you.

I think that running shoes may be the most general best fit for any drummer.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:09 AM
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well this is the new drum shoes thread. don't worry, people duplicate threads about which double kick pedal to buy all the time, i'm sure we can duplicate the drum shoes thread and get away with it.
Very true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:19 AM
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I had bought a pair of black casual shoes from Kohls, a while back ago. Recently I wanted to use those shoes as everyday go out shoes and was shopping for a new replacement shoe. My wife actually had suggested, I use her old L.A. Gear shoes. They are flat and you know what they work! No one can really tell anyways!!! I figure as long as they work, we'll be fine!!!
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:12 AM
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I've used Adidas Samba classics/orignials for years... I've just got myself a new pair (the canvas version) which I'm using for drumming only. They work great, nice tight fit, good grip and the canvas breathes well. They definitely have more padding than chucks/converse etc, but not so much that it gets in the way.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:19 AM
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:38 AM
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Default Re: Drum shoes

Two things I've noticed a lot of drummers use and some of the 'why'.
  1. Wrestling shoes: Thin, high traction sole and not a lot extra material. Asics have always been my favorite but Nike and Adidas also have solid offerings.
  2. Race car driving shoes: Much like a wrestling shoe with thin soles and a minimalist approach, these shoes have pedal-work in mind. Adidas is the only brand I've experienced first-hand but there are others a Google search away. These are not quite as flexibile as wrestling shoes in my experience and more expensive as a general rule.
Both are usually high-top but still highly flexibile and not rigid/cumbersome the way a high-top basketball shoe feels. You can find low-top racing shoes from Sparco easily enough but I've never seen low-top wrestling shoes.

Neither shoe is designed for trudging around in the world; they are highly specialized and just happen to feel pretty great for drumming. So, I don't recommend either option as an all-purpose shoe that you also drum in.

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http://www.weplaysports.com/wrestling/shoes/?gclid=CPDl_IOw7K0CFdQAQAodSnbj7g

[http://www.saferacer.com/auto-racing-shoes/?cat=55

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Old 01-26-2012, 03:37 AM
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I wear soft leather moccasins with crepe rubber soles. They're flexible, light, hug my feet well and have just enough traction when I need it.

They've got great feel on the hat pedal - even allow me to work with my toes. The crepe rubber doesn't "slide" on the kick pedal much, but that's not a technique in my arsenal (yet).
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:39 PM
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Another interesting option are these new 'glove' type shoes. Designed to be more form fitting and, in some cases, approximate being bafefoot. Some examples:

http://www.zappos.com/merrell-barefo...-black-granite

http://www.zappos.com/inov-8-evoskin-smoke

Not tried them myself but could be an interesting choice.

Edit: Arky's options look interesting - Vibram is a solid player in the footwear category; mostly known for making soles.

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Old 01-26-2012, 05:48 PM
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Yet another option - sophisticated 'toe shoes' claiming to provide a highly natural wearing feel. I heard of them some months ago from some guys who are into running but haven't checked them out myself. I guess for some drummers they might work great, for others - rather not. Preference...

http://www.vibram-fivefingers.de/
(I didn't know until now that the manufacturer is German based...)
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:24 PM
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yeah vibram's are brilliant, i own several pairs. really nice. they're great for running.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:09 PM
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I play in anything from flip flops to work boots - depends on the time of year...
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:06 AM
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I typically wear running shoes. Reebok Classics, like these:
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:32 AM
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Hi............

Nice to meeting you everyone here.
I like both shoes style so much, But which one wanna for me same pair that is MrPockets sharing.

Thanks for sharing.......
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Just listen to me here and get yourself a pair of white Etnies Fader kicks. The have a perfectly flat sole with tons of grip because they were originally made for skateboarding. They are super comfortable and surprisingly breathable for how much padding they have. Not to mention that you will look like a boss.

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Old 02-08-2012, 03:37 PM
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Just listen to me here and get yourself a pair of white Etnies Fader kicks. The have a perfectly flat sole with tons of grip (...)
Those shoes might be great for most applications. But I noticed that for swivel (I've started practicing singles with swivel recently) grip is rather a problem. The less grip the better (might be similar to the slide technique which I'm not really using, that one is hard for me to do). In the end the overall playing/grip feel also depends on the footplate material but this is of minor importance than the sole material of the footwear used.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:44 PM
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I recently was given a pair of Vibram 5 Finger KomodoSport shoes for running. Well I gave them a try at double bass and I was VERY impressed at the feel and still being able to achieve my top speeds.

Give 'em a try.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:11 PM
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Even Yamaha makes the kind of beach (water) shoes I'm using...



Light, comfy with rubber sole for better grip on the pedal.
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Heck Yeah! I don't think I could play in shoes now - Am I really the only one who likes playing barefoot?
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:59 AM
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I've played on a few occasions with shoes, but the vast majority is barefoot.
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I usually wear a pair of Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 shoes when I play. They are pretty minimal, not a ton of support which means you feel the pedal under your foot a lot better, and they are pretty flexible, and also look pretty good.

http://www.zappos.com/asics-onitsuka-tiger-mexico-66
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:58 AM
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Even Yamaha makes the kind of beach (water) shoes I'm using...



Light, comfy with rubber sole for better grip on the pedal.
Your feet don't sweat like crazy wearing those?

If I used them I would get the sensation I was walking through water, lol.
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