Vox Humana Posted May 29, 2006 Share Posted May 29, 2006 I'd be curious to know whether you use special shoes for playing the organ and, if so, what sort. Some months ago I bought a pair of Organmaster shoes. I couldn't get on with them at all. I found the chrome leather (suede) soles and smooth leather heels exactly the opposite of what I wanted. This was no doubt because previously I had always used ordinary, high street shop shoes - usually leather soles with smooth rubber heels, but sometimes thinish rubber soles with minimal tread (which I've found perfectly fine once the tread has worn smooth). I had become accustomed to using my heel as an anchor while pivoting my toes and the smooth leather of the Organmaster shoes meant that my heels simply kept slipping off the keys. I tried roughening the leather, but the heels seemed designed to resist this and promptly smoothed themselves out again the minute I started playing! In the end I had to have them resurfaced with smooth rubber. Conversely the suede soles slide less easily than I would ideally like, though they seem to have got better with wear (or I've got used to them). The best thing about them is that the heels are nice and high (good for playing thirds). I also quite like the light weight (though I'm told your feet can freeze in winter). Whether I'll replace them when they wear out I don't know - probably not. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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