Shoe Brush? Do I need one and what do I use it for?
Have you ever stepped onto a dance floor and felt you were ice skating instead?
As we dance around beautiful ballroom floors, our dance shoes collect dust and grit off the floor (no matter how many times these floors have been cleaned). We also 'flatten' off the suede. The end result of grit filled and 'flat' suede soles is slipping - especially when we are spinning or moving forward.
It is very important to keep the soles of your shoes clean. Slipping within a dance, no matter where your body weight is placed, can and may cause serious injury to your feet, ankles, knees, hips & back just by trying to recover your balance. Furthermore slipping can cause falls which may end up in broken bones or strains and sprains.
These little wire brushes, when brushing the soles of your shoes from back to front, clean out the grit and dust as well as 'lift' the suede. A clean suede sole gives you more 'grip' on the floor and you still have the ability to spin and swivel within your dance routine.
It is very important to inspect the soles of your dance shoes on a regular basis. If you are dancing more than once a week in the same shoes, then after every lesson give the soles a quick brush to clean before popping them back in their shoe bag.
So yes, owning a shoe brush is very important to keep the soles of your shoes clean and in tip top condition ready to go whenever you are.
- Natalie Drazil