Here in the states, they are substantially cheaper (can be purchased for
less that $20) and come in many styles, most with split soles. I agree it
hurts more if a jazz shoe heel lands on your foot than a ghillie, though.
Lara Friedman~Shedlov "Thwart not the librarian!"
On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Adam Hughes wrote:
> Lara D. Friedman wrote: > > ...find that jazz shoes, which lace up the foot more like a regular shoe, > > provide more support or simply fit better. I know a few dancers who, > > despite trying several brands and styles of ghillie, can't find one that > > fits properly. Not only that, they are a lot cheaper than ghillies. > > > > As long as the shoe has a flexible sole that allows the foot to be pointed > > and the individual in question is able to dance in them comfortably and > > with reasonable technique, why on earth should anyone object? > > Well, I know that you Americans have access to much better Jazz shoes > than we Brits do, but... > > 1) My ghillies were cheaper than my jazz shoes. Both came from the same > local shop. (I know I can get them both cheaper by mail order, but I > think the saving is about the same.) > > 2) I've never found a fully-soled jazz shoe with a flexible enough sole > to point (the plastic ones are yukky, and the suede ones I have are very > stiff... but I thought that was the point of Jazz shoes). I have seen > two-part-soles which allow your arch to move (and so provide no arch > support) but do let you point. Those were much more expensive than the > normal jazz shoes (+50%). > > 3) I've been troden on in waltzs by some lovely young ladies, and one > particular scottish dancing ex-land-lady of mine has troden on me in > both gillies and Jazz shoes. Jazz shoes hurt more, whether I was > wearing jazz shoes or ghillies. > > Adam > -- > "Oh-oh!" Sally said. > "Don't you talk to that cat. > That cat is a bad one, > That Cat in the Hat..." (Dr. Seuss) > > >