As a dancer, you would know that your tap shoes go through a lot - classes, shows, practices and so much more. The dust and floor wax that the shoes collect are terrible for the exterior material as well as the taps, and unfortunately, with tap shoes, you do not have the option of throwing them into the washer or dryer. Since your shoes are a vital aspect of your performance, you need to take good care of them.
Here are a few simple care rules that you should follow to ensure that your tap shoes last for years and you don’t have to keep replacing them:
1. Keep the material clean
The best way to keep your shoes clean is to wipe the surface with a soft damp cloth to remove the dirt or debris stuck to it and then dry it. This will ensure that such foreign substances are not able to damage your shoes. Alternatively, you can also use leather cleaners for this purpose.
2. Keep your shoes dry
Since your tap shoes are made of leather, it is advisable to keep them away from water. In case you get them wet, dry them as soon as possible. Damp leather stretches easily, which can cause the fit of the shoes to get affected.
3. Examine the shoes regularly
If you wish to avoid buying new tap shoes every few months, it is best to check them regularly. This will help you determine if they need to be mended. For instance, when you notice that the soles are wearing out, you can get then repaired before they give away completely.
4. Check the taps regularly
Check the taps for loose screws, because loose screws can cause your taps to come off, which, in turn, can injure you during your performance. Use a screwdriver to tighten any loose screws. You also need to check the nails and replace them if needed. Some shoes have glued-on taps. In such cases, inspect the taps to ensure that they are secure and reglue if necessary.
5. Keep your shoes odor-free
It is no surprise that when you dance, you feet get sweaty. To remove traces of foot odor from your shoes, the best solution is to use protective insoles or sprinkle some baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes and let them sit overnight. Shake out the excess and wipe with a cloth before you wear them again.
With these tips in hand, you’ll be tapping away in your shoes for many years without them breaking down.
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