Does anyone here wear two different shoes for hi hat and bass drum pedals?

MrPockets

Gold Member
I was thinking about Thomas Pridgen and how he only wears one shoe for the hi hat and plays with a sock on the bass drum (He did at his Modern Drummer performance, not sure is this is still the case). Then I thought about punters and kickers in American Football. Some players where a different model of shoe or one shoe is a different color. Curling is another example of the person having a different shoe for each foot.

Do you put something different on each foot for feel/fashion purposes?

I try to have my feet feel as balanced as possible. My legs already feel drastically different as is.
 
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poika

Silver Member
I wouldn't go that far.
My technique most likely will never reach a stage where I would see any notable difference by doing this.
So no.


I do however sometimes play in my winter boots for a while, or switch to socks only.
Most of the time I wear my worn, flat adidas sneakers
 

RedeyeSPR

Senior Member
I'm guessing most players don't do anything so drastically hard with their hihat foot that would require special shoes. I don't doubt that there are a few pro players that do however. Most will probably find something specific for the kick foot and work with that.

On a side note - bowling is probably the sport where different shoes are the most common.
 

MrPockets

Gold Member
I'm guessing most players don't do anything so drastically hard with their hihat foot that would require special shoes. I don't doubt that there are a few pro players that do however. Most will probably find something specific for the kick foot and work with that.

On a side note - bowling is probably the sport where different shoes are the most common.
Is the sole more slippery on the shoe he doesn't plant on?

I would say the best example is curling.
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
Sometimes I go with a clown shoe on one foot and one of those bear foot slippers on the other foot. It's amazing. I can drum so much better than if I just used normal shoes.
 

poika

Silver Member
They might go well with boxing gloves.
I also remember reading about a cape of some sorts
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Thought it was par for the course.

It's fraught with danger though. It's so easy to forget and wear matching shoes only to get to the gig and realise you can't play thehi hat because you're wearing your bass drum shoes. Or substantially worse......find you have to leave the bass drum patterns out because you've mistakenly donned your hi hat shoes.
 

shemp

Silver Member
I prefer playing in the nude.
This actually may be preferred at some establishments....my only concern is exo-body/limb part management. On the throne, a partial rollover and smash could easily happen and the impact of that may be quite unattractive...and damaging
 

BacteriumFendYoke

Platinum Member
Thought it was par for the course.

It's fraught with danger though. It's so easy to forget and wear matching shoes only to get to the gig and realise you can't play thehi hat because you're wearing your bass drum shoes. Or substantially worse......find you have to leave the bass drum patterns out because you've mistakenly donned your hi hat shoes.
I know. I left my snare drum tassel at home once and it was an absolute disaster.
 
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