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Post Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:43 am

If I may, I'd like to ask a question of the barefoot players. Can you do what you do with barefeet in shoes?

It's just that for most of my life I studied martial arts. And much of it was performed in barefeet. The overiding philosophy regarding kicking is that what one can perform in barefeet must also be performed with shoes out in the real world. That in mind, I am wondering if the barefeet players are relying on a crutch. So please let me know.

You see, just a short while ago I found myself becoming opinionated regarding things like this. And I really don't want to be like that. Please let me know because I really am interested. Can you play as well while wearing shoes?

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Post Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:57 am

I used to play on my socks
'till recently I had a serious injury to my foot called tendinitis
It was due to too much stress on the muscle tissue an all that crap down there.
so since then I play with shoes again.
so eeuuuh watch out
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Post Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:49 am

converse all-star
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Post Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:50 pm

ive played with adidas goodyear shoes for ayear and half now and there now my drum shoes. best shoes for practice are bowling shoes. or anything wi5th a stiff bottom helps to build your strength. two the one guys ? i play barefoot for different styles. i am faster with my shoes on but cleaner barefoot. and socks suck you get no traction on the pedals. just me
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Post Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:13 am

I used to play with converse but then I figured out that my work shoes are amazing, they're more like slippers with rubber soles than anything. I find that the grip helps a lot because I get so sweaty when I drum that I can't play barefoot or in socks since my feet sweat so much they slide off the pedals :P haha.
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Post Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:52 am

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Post Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:59 am

practice in socks, a shoe like vans can be good to play in but there's only a few model's of them in which this is the case, the right amount of weight and flexibility to let you play fast and agile, but most "skater" shoes make it near impossible to play a double pedal or anything sensitive. I've been thinking about trying a pair of converse since poeple seem to be liking, also trying to find out what shoes thomas lang is wearing in the creative cordination dvd, he and virgil wear the same style and they look like they would be very good for drumming.
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Post Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:22 pm

i would play in shoes but i have the old stlys of the hi-hat stand and i wear size 13 and its hard to hit just the double bass pedal or the hi-hat pedal. so i play in socks. if i play barefoot my toes get cold. :(
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Post Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:58 am

I like to play using adidas superstars
but they have some cool drummer shoes here in brazil http://www.urbanboards.com.br/ one of my friends got one and they look realy nice and cunfy
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Post Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:53 am

been wearing the same practice shoes at home for years, like a second skin. For gigs its whatever i have that's light weight with good tread.
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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:14 pm

Barefoot, all the time. I can really feel what I'm playing. Sweat happens, but i usually have a towel or shit close by to wipe dry.
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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 5:57 pm


Occasionally if it's cold (or when I had to play in uniform) I'll wear Vans slip-ons or combat boots and both felt alright...I wasn't playing any fast double bass with the boots though.
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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:54 pm

i use my vans slip ons

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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:05 pm

I play in my time-tested Nike Air Monarch II's.

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