All About Shoes
To support and look the part!
It's all about the feet
There is no doubt that the outfit worn by an Irish dancer is an incredibly important part of the whole appearance. But few would argue that the most important part of all is the shoes.
When you think about it you’ll realise this is true. Even if you are practising and you don’t have your outfit on, you’ll still need proper shoes for Irish dancing that will provide support with every move and step you make.
So with that in mind here are some tips to bear in mind when you are ready to buy a new pair of shoes for your next feis.
Make sure you get the sizing right
Many suppliers of Irish dancing shoes supply their shoes in half sizes as well as whole ones. Make sure you measure up properly so you know what size you are. Don’t settle for uncomfortable shoes! It’s worth getting measured in a shoe shop and then buying according to those sizes. Incidentally you can often choose from standard or wide fittings as well; make sure you know which one applies to you.
Finding sources for Irish dancing shoes online
If you search for Irish dancing shoes you will find a huge range of websites that sell them. One of the biggest names in these shoes is Antonio Pacelli. The website delivers around the world and they have a wide range of shoes in all widths and sizes. They also make some shoes to order and can accommodate your choice of tips and heels so you can mix and match between Leinster and Concorde for example.
Order in plenty of time!
Don’t make the mistake of ordering too close to the date of the feis you need your shoes for. Some shoes need to be specially made and this will take longer. Furthermore you want to break them in a bit before you actually wear them for a feis, so it makes sense to order them early so you get a chance to wear them a few times and feel confident in them as a result.
Don’t forget the sock glue
Okay so this isn’t exactly related to shoes but it is in the same department. If you find your socks continually slip down while dancing, invest in some sock glue. Otherwise known by its trade name, Staysput, this is invaluable to have with you whether you are practising or performing in a feis. You can also apply it around the ankle of your sock if you tend to find they slip down inside your shoe while dancing.
Keep your practice shoes separate from your best performance shoes
Since you want to look your very best when dancing in a feis, it makes sense to keep your best shoes stored away carefully in tissue paper in a shoe box. Make sure you have another pair you wear for practice so you don’t scuff or damage the newer ones. This will ensure your best shoes will need little more than a quick polish before the next big event.