Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Dance Shoes


My new dance shoes arrived today.  It is always so exciting to get new dance shoes.  Being a shoe lover, new shoes are exciting in themselves, however, dance shoes come with this whole promise of happy dancing times to come.

Dance shoes are a breed unto themselves.  The sparklier, the brighter, the better.  I would class this pair as reasonably restrained - they are glittery, but in a subdued colour.  They are shoes for class rather than shoes for performances.  My sister can never quite get this, if I ever show her shoes I'm considering to buy she always likes the ones that I think of as training shoes.  I guess the dance world just believes that more is more when it comes to anything sparkly.

My dance shoes get worn until they fall apart.  I have a car boot full of dance shoes in various states of disrepair.  They live in the boot because, well to be frank, dance shoes are invariably stinky.  They may look like sparkly heels but they get the workout of running shoes minus the socks.  And there are so many of them there because I find it very difficult to part with them.  Even if they are falling apart and no longer supportive in all the ways that is necessary I've spun, slid, ronded and stepped to hundreds, if not thousands of songs in them.  They have been to parties, been in performances, been sweated and usually bleed in.  I feel like they are little, stinky, tatty shoes of happiness given all the good times I've had whilst wearing them.  If anything embodies dance, it is the shoes.

So tonight I take home a new pair.  I will punch a hole in just the right place on the strap, test the flexibility and then bug S till he takes me dancing to " christen" them.  In time they will fade and become worn, but I will love them all the more for the process that got them there.

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  1. I have never heard someone talk about shoes quite like this. It's nice that dance gives you such joy :)

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    1. CheezyK there is just something about dancers and our shoes, maybe it is because they are the tools of our trade, maybe it is just that they are so sparkly. But we love them.

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  2. Sigh... you capture the emotion of dance shoes (old, new, whatever) so beautifully! I love your description of them as "little, stinky, tatty shoes of happiness". Made me grin!

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    1. Thanks Beth, we do love our shoes don't we?

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  3. Now I'm even more impressed with your dancing skills. You dance in heels?! I can barely walk in them!

    I'm very happy for you and your new shoes though - I may not relate specifically to this excitement, but I can certainly relate to the joy of new excitement in one's excitement domain :)

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    1. Kari it is completely inexplicable that somehow the girl who regularly falls over whilst just standing still and always has random unexplained bruises can dance in heels. To this day my parents can't quite believe it.

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  4. Your post made my day. I got the giggles thinking about what someone would think if they (god forbid) stole your car....

    I like the sparkly shoes. Infinitely more glam than the socks and bright blue uggies I am currently sporting.

    Enjoy!!

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    1. The sign of a real dancer is that when you turn up to the venue in your ugg boots and then change into the sparkly shoes! Uggs are wonderful.

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