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Re: Orthotics
Posted by peckmagee
9/8/2011  3:21:00 PM
I am a contemporary dancer who has now been dancing Argentine tango for 5 years. The orthotics I use give some relief from the pain of a bunion, but it seems I should be able to find a way to dance in short heels that would not be so painful. I live in upstate NY and have not found a place to look into orthotics for tango shoes. Any suggestions?
Re: Orthotics
Posted by AFS
8/15/2012  12:56:00 PM
I dance tango argentino and instead of wearing my full-length orthotics inside the dance shoes (I would have to buy shoes that would be too wide; dance shoes need to fit snuggly), the technician at the orthotic centre adapted standard half-length orthotics by adding a wedge on one side so that I do not twist my ankles. The orthotics have arch support (the arch of my feet is too tall) and support at the ball of the foot because my feet are flat there. I cannot wear high heels because they are even worse for people with my sort of problem, so I found that the Dance Steps brand shoes by Freed of London (formerly by Equity) are perfect for my feet and my half-length orthotics. They have 1 5/8" heels. I have fruitlessly tried to find shoes in Argentina with lower heels on several occasions. The argentinian shoes are of beautiful quality and design, but they only make very high heels. I have had shoes made to order in Buenos Aires with lower heels but they ended up making them with 2" heels (higher than what I ordered but lower that what you would find on the shelves) twice. I have ordered Dance Steps shoes several times from qualitydance.com in the UK and they post them to mee. It works out cheaper than buying them in Argentina as well. Unfortunately these shoes are made mainly of synthetics, but the advantage seems to be that those materials adapt to my feet very well and are incredibly comfortable. I hope this helps.
Re: Orthotics
Posted by olderpartner
8/16/2012  6:47:00 PM
I wear orthotics also. I have inserts that fit my ballroom shoes but they don't work at all in my latin shoes. Even if they would fit, they stiffen the shoe way too much to do any points.

I worked with my orthotic technician and managed to fit small pads at critical points in the shoe. I get the necessary support to stabilize my feet without loosing the flexibility of the latin shoe.

Moral, inserts are not the only way to get orthotic support. Many years ago I used to construct custom orthotic supports for ski boots. Different from dance shoes but each sport has different needs.
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