Have you ever seen those people in the shoe stores pushing those little plastic flip flops around? I bet they do it all the time and I bet you do it as well? If this is how you feel about your footwear choices then you need to give serious consideration to changing it up a little. In this article we are going to explore some of the ways that can improve your choice when it comes to choosing the right footwear for whatever activity you engage in. With this information you will be able to choose Footwear that will be supportive, comfortable, stylish, and most of all – you will love them!
The first thing that we are going to look at is the design of your footwear. There are three basic design types: Sandal, Moccasins, and Wedge. Each type of footwear has its own unique features but let’s quickly look at these basic categories. Your sandals are designed to provide a minimalist surface and are great for use in a variety of settings.
Moccasins on the other hand are designed to provide traction in a masonry environment. These shoes tend to have more of a rubber upper material. Their main feature is the solid footstocking construction which enables this shoe to remain stable even when wet. Moccasins tend to be very durable and long lasting and can withstand a lot of abuse.
Lastly there is wedge footwear which is made of leather and performs like sandals with solid support. The major difference between the shoes is that the upper layer of leather is stitched to the upper soles to the outsole contain rubber or plastic components for traction. When designing wedge shoes, it is common for the designer to incorporate natural elements such as laces and buckles to compliment the design and overall appearance of the footwear. It is important that the leather upper layer is flexible so the outcome can flex and conform to the natural curves of the foot providing added stability.
To give you an idea of the overall flexibility of the Term Footwear range we have created a simple comparison chart between our two leading competitors. The two styles are then compared based on flexibility, construction, design and longevity. As you can see the wedge design is more flexible offering a greater range of motion for a novice dancer while the Moccasins tend to be more rigid offering greater protection for the wearer. If cost is a consideration then the Moccasins perform better.
The main feature which most people consider when purchasing Term Footwear is the shoe thickness. This is actually quite easy to assess. A thick or heavy shoe will not only look unattractive but it will also affect your performance and cause discomfort. The term footwear comes in two different thicknesses the first being the half size which is suitable for dancers with a small footprint. The other option is the full size which is suitable for ladies of a larger footprint. These shoes can generally be purchased from most footwear retailers.
The other main characteristic to look for when purchasing Term Footwear is the sole type. There are three types of sole used in Term Footwear, slip-ons, mid-soles and heels. We found that the slip-ons were the best performers when it came to wet and dry dance routines. They offer excellent traction and resistance when compared to the mid soles which are stiffer but can provide some support when performing a difficult technique. Heels offer the maximum amount of support for all forms of dance which is essential for performance purposes.
The last main feature is the type of outer sole used in the footwear. There are two main types, the first being bonded uppers which are bonded to the upper inside the textile. The bonded uppers offer the most waterproofing ability as they are sewn to an upper rawhide style. The other type is made out of rawhide, but they are unable to provide the same degree of waterproofing as bonded uppers.