suede heel protectors?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by shallidance, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Yes.

    Personally I don't think it's as unsightly as a big plastic heel protector...I often dye the suede to match my shoes, and the cellophane tape is shiny so the heel ends up having a satiny finish. Also, once I've wrapped the tape around the heel etc, I then use thin nail scissors to trim off any parts of the cross that still stick up above the tape.
  2. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    This is what I do:
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    this shape allows you to wrap over the heel tip in the area where it tends to scrape along the floor, so it won't peel up and create the dreaded "shoe lips". I glue it to the bottom first, and then wrap it around the sides and glue it (hold together w/tape or elastic til it dries). I use Gem-tac and it holds just fine. You can paint them the same color as your shoe so they're less noticeable if you wish.
  3. anp73ga31

    anp73ga31 Active Member

    Yeah, my plastic latin heel protectors I got thru pretty quickly. But its not just because of the dancing...I wear out my regular shoes the same way. I think that I walk more on one side of my foot than the other and it causes my heel to wear unevenly, thus me having to change my heel protectors out a little sooner than most(in my latin shoes, with the flared heel, I can see some wear on one side after dancing through a one hour lesson!). Interestingly enough, though, it takes me a little longer to go thru my plastic heel protectors that have a bit of suede on the bottom. Not sure if its the suede or the shape of the heel(straight, while my latin shoes have a flared heel), but they seem to last much longer than my other ones. Either way, I'm just lazy enough to justify spending a little more on the plastic ones because I can just pop the heel protectors off and on without having to deal with taping or anything like that. Me and tape (and glue for that matter) dont get along! Or maybe we get along too well, since they end up all over me! lol!
  4. Laura

    Laura New Member

    It's the suede. Suede reduces friction on the floor, and the friction is what rubs off the plastic. Like an eraser, for instance.
  5. anp73ga31

    anp73ga31 Active Member

    Ah, that makes sense. Is less friction more useful in say, smooth or standard vs. latin or rhythm? Just wondering why its easy to find suede tipped heel protectors for a straight heel but not for a flared one.
  6. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    when you dye the suede, do you buy white/bleached suede & then dye it?
    what do you use to dye it... type & color?

    i really want to go this route, as was totally shocked that one day of comp dancing and my brand new suede-heeled plastic heel protectors were totally used up.
  7. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    fabric paint does the trick.
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    note to self: remember to order these ASAP
  9. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Manufacturing issues? Like, maybe all the places that make the heel protectors haven't retooled for the numerous different kinds of flared heels. It seems that every manufacturer has its own shape and thickness. A lot of the slim heeled shoes seem to be interchangable when it comes to heel protectors.
  10. Laura

    Laura New Member

    I buy that sort of greyish suede, like the bottoms of many brands of shoes.

    Same thing I use to dye satin shoes in general: RIT Liquid Dye in Tan. I like the color for me, other people might not find it suitable for them.
  11. shallidance

    shallidance New Member

    wah, how lucky skwiggy is! :cool: I wish I had a partner like you.

  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    get in a long, very buff, line
  13. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    LMFAO!

    Pretty much until they encounter a few of those misaligned mĂȘtal ridges on hotel comp floors...
  14. RIdancer82

    RIdancer82 New Member

    Also, in addition to some things that have already been mentioned..... when you start to wear through the plastic caps a bit, the surface of the cap becomes very uneven until you finally change it. I find that the uneven surface really affects my balance. Where the suede ones don't wear out like that and so always seem to give a much better feel of stability.
  15. shallidance

    shallidance New Member

    Thanks everybody. So the past weekend I bought suede from Michael's. :) I used transparent Duct tape for one pair and black electrical tape for another. Seems electrical tape binds better. Both tapes looked quite apparent, though. I guess I need more practice how to tape them. :(
  16. lil glam gal

    lil glam gal New Member

    I use the plain normal ones but i am getting a new pair of ballroom shoes with the new "contour" heel and have just found out that they do a special kind of heel protector for that heel.

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