Dancing in High Heels

My daughter's weeding is in less than two weeks. I have a pair of strappy sandals with high heels, 4". I can get around pretty well on them at home, but am worried about a slippery dance floor. Does anyone have any advice about what I can put under the shoes so I don't slip? Please don't ask me to get another pair. This was the pair my daughter choice!

I have a second pair (real dancing shoes) I am going to use later on, when the bride and others get into their "flip flops". But I need help for those first few dances when everyone will be watching. Any advice, anyone? Please respond as soon as possible.

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Thanks so much.
Anjeena from New York

July 7, 20070 found this helpful

Go to Payless Shoes and ask them for their shoe grips, it's a rubberized pad that sticks to the sole of a shoe, makes it really easy to walk especially with newer shoes. You might be able to find them at local stores too, but I know they always have them at Payless and it's BOGO time too.

You could also go outside and rough them up on some rough concrete, I've done that many a times too. Good luck!

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July 8, 20070 found this helpful

Dancers use a stiff wire brush to scuff up the soles of their shoes. If you have a dancer's supply shop anywhere near by, ask them to apply "Topy" to the bottoms of your shoes. Don't know how much it costs.

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July 8, 20070 found this helpful

lightly score them with a steak knife on the bottom,

or you can use heavy sand paper to rough up the bottom too.

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July 8, 20070 found this helpful

I always wore my new slick-soled high heels on a rough surfaced concrete sidewalk to "break them in". I deliberately scraped the sole (not the heel !) on the rough surface until I had scratched the area under the ball of my foot really well.............scrape until that slick shiney surface is mostly worn off! I always did this while wearing the shoes.......yeah, you look a little stupid while doing it........like you might have stepped in doggy doo and are trying to scrape it off.........but it worked well for me! Enjoy that wedding!

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July 9, 20070 found this helpful

Scuff the soles on a rough surface, like brick or concrete. I was worried about slipping in my new shoes at my wedding, but walking on sidewalks from the parking lot to the ceremony site and back were enough to keep me from sliding around on the tile floors in our reception hall. :-)

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for your great suggestions. I guess I'll start with the concrete thing ... easiest and fastest, but I will keep the other things in mind (on paper actually) for the future.

Thanks again, and I will be enjoying my daughter's wedding and with more confidence :-) now.

Anjeena

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

Here is one that I learned from a teacher I work with. She passed it on to our young ladies during graduation practice. You just put a couple of strips of MASKING TAPE on the bottom of your shoes in the area of the ball of your foot. It's simple, easy and you won't have to spend time scuffing your new shoes or risking that you put a scuff somewhere other than the bottom of your new shoes! Also will save you $$$$ rather than speding it on shoe grips!

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

Back when the babies were little (the 50's!) we used adhesive tape on the soles of their high tops!

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

Look in the Dr. Scholls section of the grocery store...they have stick on things for the bottom of your shoes that kind of look like sand paper.

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July 14, 20070 found this helpful

The sole of your shoes could be visible during some dance steps and with everybody looking at you , they should not have tape on them . Scuffing them on concrete maybe the easiest, but don't make the soles look too worn.

I personally would get the stick on's

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July 14, 20070 found this helpful

thanks to everyone for your additional replies. Everyone has such creative ideas. I will look for the Scholls, but lacking that, I will scrape them on the sidewalk ... gently. Just hope I won't slip and fall. Better not think about it too much, lol.

My daughter is so calm, and I am the nervous one.

Isn't that unreal?

Anjeena

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July 23, 20070 found this helpful

PLACE A PIECE OF GRAY FURNACE TAPE ON THE BOTTOM YOU WONT SLIP THEN. I USE THAT WHEN I AM DOING WEDDINGS AS I AM IN AND AROUND THE CATERING A LOT

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July 25, 20070 found this helpful

TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED ME!

MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING WAS THIS PAST SUNDAY, AND EVERYTHING WENT OFF BEAUTIFULLY.

I SCRAPED THE HIGH HEELS ON CEMENT AND THEY WORKED; OF COURSE, LATER ON I GOT INTO A MORE SENSIBLE (LOWER HEELED) REAL DANCING SHOE. I DANCED A LOT! I LOVE TO DANCE.

WE ALL HAD A WONDERFUL TIME! I SAID I WOULDN'T CRY, BUT I DID, OF COURSE.

IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL DAYS IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP IN ALLEVIATING SOME OF MY ANXIETY. I DIDN'T FALL OR MISS, NOT ONCE!

ANJEENA

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June 17, 20080 found this helpful

I taught ballroom for many years and I still do occasionally (to couples who are getting married and want to look good for that special dance). I always roughed the soles of my shoes a bit with sandpaper if they weren't already prepped for dancing. Those 4" heels are going to leave a whole generation of women with damaged feet. I don't recommend dancing in those killers or even walking.

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