Ballroom Dance > regarding heel protectors

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by dancing_moogle, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    What is a heel spin?
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  2. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    I'd just said this to myself out loud when I read your post. I'm curious too.
  3. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    Probably meant a heel turn?
  4. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    probably... but I assume nothing anymore...
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  5. Max Hunter

    Max Hunter New Member

    sorry must not be a prolific problem but a lot of girls, in my experience, when they first start dancing and are required to turn or spin especially in a stationary free spin do so on their heel not the ball of their foot and the slight (normally) grippiness of the heel guard prevents this. not a heel turn which an actual step in the standard dance and looks quite nice.
  6. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    :eek: huh. I can't imagine spinning and not lifting my heel, even when I first started out. Hustle was one of the first dances I learned. Lots of turning!
  7. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    Yeah.....since day one, my spins have always been on my toes. I can't imagine try to do them on my heels.
  8. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Sounds like it would be even harder to me
  9. Ailuene

    Ailuene Active Member

    Spinning on my heels happened to me when I was still getting used to my practice shoes. Definitely not good for the feet. I found that it had to do with having a shorter, wider heel than I was used to. Luckily, I nipped it in the bud because I knew it was a bad habit.
  10. architeuthis

    architeuthis Member

    does anyone happen to know where to find slim-flared heel covers for Freed of London? The only place I could find them was danceshopper, and they've been discontinued. I can only find the slim or the flared elsewhere, but not their separate slim-flared style
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    check showtime
  12. architeuthis

    architeuthis Member

    nope, they only have Supadance :(
  13. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

  14. CCdance

    CCdance Active Member

    yeah, can't imagine doing that on heels, especially I nowadays practice in heels with protector, dont know how that plastic thingy will let go of the grip, but wow what a challenge for us!
  15. Spookisgirl

    Spookisgirl Active Member

    I have been going through plastic heel protectors on my standard shoes about every two weeks, and it is causing issues because the way they wear (down to the nub on the outside, little on the inside) affects the way I dance and is causing issues/injury with one of my ankles (from the tilt).

    Has anyone put suede on plastic heel protectors? Does this keep them from wearing down so quickly and unevenly? I wear an unusual brand of shoes, so don't expect to find heel protectors with suede on them already, but am wondering if it is worth putting them on myself? I also find the plastic covers very slippery sometimes.

    Anyone have experience with this?
  16. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    I used to put suede directly on the bottom of the heel of my latin shoe. It worked quite well.

    I also used heel protectors that came with suede attached. Those also worked quite well.
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  17. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    Yes and yes. Without added suede, I don't find a use for heel protectors in standard -- they wear unevenly and mess with balance after one practice. Added suede fixes it for me. Typically, for practice, I'll add suede both directly to the heels and to plastic heel protectors. That way, I have options just in case the suede comes unglued from one or the other in the middle of a practice/dance/lesson. On my comp shoes, I just put suede directly on the heel, since that looks better.
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  18. Spookisgirl

    Spookisgirl Active Member

    thanks--I am going to try that when I switch out my heel protectors next week :)
  19. Miss Silly

    Miss Silly Well-Known Member

    Thought i'd throw this up here since i randomly just came across this picture.

    I cut my suede bits for heel covers in a similar pattern and fold the tabs over. I can almost get away without the top tab (that folds over the forward-facing part of the heel) because I don't really get any significant pulling at the 'front'. Looking at the wear patterns on my heels for standard, it's usually the back and slightly to the side so the back & side tabs are great for keeping it from peeling off during those millions of feather-step/three-step we're supposed to be practicing LOL

    heel cover.jpg
  20. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    My male student just bought new shoes and the heel is fabulous. It is somewhat "squishy" and the suede very gently laps up over the egde. Why can't women's shoes/heels be made the same??
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