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Shoe Care

Advice on Shoe Care

We understand that you want to get as much value out of your shoes as possible, and to ensure that you’re pleased with your International Dance Shoes, we want you to get as much value out of your shoes too!

Within this page, you’ll find a few pieces of advice related to different shoe styles, parts and materials etc. that will help you increase the longevity of your shoes. If you’re seeking a particular piece of advice that isn’t available on this page, then please do call us on +44(0)1908 319937 or email us at sales@ids-danceshoes.co.uk. We’ll be happy to offer advice on the phone too, and we’ll add that advice on this page too after we speak to you so that other dancers can benefit too.

 

Satins

We use top quality satins that are very hard wearing and there is normally very little fraying. You should do all you can to avoid getting your shoes wet as this can stain and damage the satin. If you order shoes in White Satin then you can certainly dye this material. We add a small cut of White Satin to orders in this material, which you can use to test the dye before applying it to your shoes. In terms of cleaning satin shoes, please do be careful what products you use as some may be too strong and this can ruin the material. We advise using a white spirit that is diluted to be a split 50/50 with water but please be careful.

 

Heels

To preserve the condition of the heel tip, it is recommended that you use Heel Protectors, which can be purchased online by clicking here. We offer Heel Protectors with a Plain Tip and with a Suede Tip too. Some competition rules also state that Heel Protectors must be used, as not only do they protect your heel, but they protect the floor too. We also supply replacement Heel Tips too, which can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Sole

The main points we stress here is to avoid wearing your dance shoes outside and try to limit use away from the dance floor as much as possible. This will ensure that your soles stay in the best condition possible. Don’t let them get wet and avoid rough surfaces as this could cause the material to cut. We use very soft suede, which is combined to suit the dance floor and support great comfort and flexibility.

To maintain the condition of your soles, use our Shoe Brush, which can be viewed online by clicking here. Using the brush doesn’t only ensure the soles are kept clean, but they can also increase the friction of the sole. We feel that aside from Heel Protectors, a Shoe Brush is the essential accessory. We always advise Shoe Brush users to avoid allowing the brush to connect with areas of the shoe other than the sole, as this can severely damage materials as the brushes are quite sharp. Of course, be careful not to catch your fingers on the brush too!

Non-Skid Powder is also an essential accessory to increase friction and protection. This can reduce skidding and is widely used by dancers of all types and is available from our website by clicking here. We also offer replacement soles, which are available for Ladies and Gentlemen. To apply a new sole, we suggest you ensure the old sole is as clean as possible, and you apply the new sole to the shoe over the top of the old sole by using strong holding glue. Click here to view our Ladies Non-Skid Soles, and click here to view our Men’s Non-Skid Soles.


 

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