Anselm - should that be pics of shoes 'as new' or 'I have worn these for
some time' LOL
From: Anselm Lingnau [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 05 August 2011 08:44
Subject: Re: Controversial View - footwear
> Has anybody considered dancing not wearing so-called gillie (?ghillie, > ?gille) pumps or similar soft flat shoe. > > My understanding is that traditionally these were only worn for solo > competition or display dancing and that country dancers wore ordinary > shoes.
Jo, I don't think this is a controversial view at all. Try again :^)
During a period of Achilles tendon trouble, I have had good experiences with >jazz< shoes that are soft yet have a (low) heel. I would recommend people
who are unhappy with ghillies/flat shoes visit a ballet supply shop, where
there is usually a wide selection of all sorts of shoes that are, in my
opinion, suitable for SCD.
>Ordinary shoes< are, unfortunately, out of the question at least in our
club in Frankfurt as we are dancing in a school gymnasium where anything
other than dedicated, i.e., not also worn in the street, sports-type shoes
are Officially Forbidden by the owner of the premises (the city of
> I can actually dance quite happily on my toes and enjoy doing it, but > I feel a bit sorry for some folks hobbling about in shoes which I'm > sure they feel obliged to wear, but are doing them no favours.
In my opinion, no one should >feel obliged< to wear shoes that cause them
discomfort or even pain. After all, SCD is supposed to be an enjoyable
In the spirit of sprucing up the Strathspey web site, why don't we start a
footwear gallery? If people have had favourable experiences with shoes other
than ghillies or ballet pumps for SCD, do send me a photograph and a short
explanation and I'll make up a page so others can see what is out there.
Anselm Lingnau, Mainz/Mayence, Germany .................
firstname.lastname@example.org In fact, the notion that any ancient book could be an
infallible guide to living in the present gets my vote for being the most
dangerously stupid idea
on earth. -- Sam