How to tie Irish dancing soft shoes
Tying soft shoes can be tricky, particularly if you have the type of foot that shoes just don’t want to stay on! As technology advances and the soft shoe manufacturers keep pushing boundaries, the way we tie laces has changed. Many shoes now have two or three eyelets along the side, allowing dancers to tie shoes in a way that is both secure and comfortable. If you’re new to shoes with eyelets, we’re going to walk you through the most effective tying method, courtesy of Ryan and O’Donnell.
If you’re someone who has issues with your heel slipping off, the most important step is the final step – passing your lace around the lace at the back eyelet. This gives you a really secure tie on the foot. Remember, you don’t want to tie the lace around your foot as this can restrict the tendons in the foot and cause cramps. Pamela McDowell, Managing Director for Ryan & O’Donnell, points out, “If you really do prefer tying the lace round your arch we recommend you only do this for competing, and whilst practicing avoid this lacing technique.” If you usually tie your laces around your foot, give this method a try and see if it makes a difference.
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