breaking new shoes in for upcoming comps, versus sore feet and crappy lessons

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by fascination, May 25, 2013.

  1. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    so...that pretty much describes it...I need to break my shoes in...but, given my age and the heel height that I use as well as the sad state of my feet...it is an ugly process....i hate to wear the shoes on lessons to break them in b/c the dancing is effected and that can be important mentally and physically before a comp...any tips?...do I just prance around the house in them? or stink it up and live through the ugliness on lessons? ideas?
  2. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Pay someone with the same foot size to wear them for a while? :D
  3. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere (probably here!) to wear them around the house with socks on to help stretch them out.
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  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    ah...you are right...I have read that as well...site moderator failure to use search function...mea culpa
  5. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    In addition, wearing them for 5-10 minute stretches in lessons would be helpful. Though take heed: it took me only 10 minutes with one new pair to give me the makings of what later blossomed into a horrible blister on comp day. I didn't prepare the shoes far enough in advance, alas...
  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    exactly...and my skin is like paper...I have blood stain on MANY shoes...nevermind how much I dance...even though I have scaled back considerably, it still isn't something to be trifled with
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  7. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    Massage the satin with your hands before you put them on. It breaks up the stiffness, and then I just wear them around the house or for 1-2 practices.
  8. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Active Member

    If there's a spot that is particularly troublesome (which I always have in one spot on one foot) I soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and stick it in-between my foot and shoe... then I watch tv or something in the them until the cotton ball dries. If I'm careful, it doesn't seem to waterspot the satin... but pjs and court shoes is definitely a special kind of look.

    Plus all the above strategies :)

    That said, I still hated my new ones at lessons last night and abandoned them after about 20 minutes... but I did only start the break-in process on Wed, so to be expected.
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sigh...yep...I just dread it...but it has to happen...thanks for the tip
  10. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Isn't there some way the shoe designers can design so that we bypass this process?
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I wish......the only thing I can think of is to simply start buying them a half size larger, but then my foot starts moving around too much inside the back of the shoe....I know some of it is age and what I have done to my feet in the past 8 years of dancing because it wasn't as big a deal to work through it in the past
  12. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    I don't suppose changing brands and styles would help? b/c the shoes I now wear were comfortable and supportive from moment one, and have not stretched out past the point of usefulness in hours and hours of dancing.
  13. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    well...we shall have to talk...I have worn three brands in latins....they aren't such a problem because they are mostly open in the front.....I have only worn two brands in smooth and standard shoes....I have a smooth shoe now that breaks in fairly easily, but, as regards court shoes, there is no mercy to be found there...and if you have a suggestion on that one, I will gladly listen
  14. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    will look into this once I return home from heaven
  16. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    I break in my shoes slowly over a week or so in my practices (not lessons usually). Since I wear the same model of shoes each time, I know where they will rub. I tape my feet at those places, and then wear the new shoes for 10-15 minutes...then off they go and it's back to a worn in pair. Rinse, lather and repeat for 4 or 5 days and usually that's enough. I will increase the amount of time I wear them for depending if the pressure I am experiencing lessens each time.

    I wear RR shoes and they are known for being easy to break in and "floor ready". Other brands of shoes I would probably increase the amount of times I do the 10-15 minute sessions to a couple of weeks.
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