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i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« on: Feb 02, 2008, 06:33 pm »
They are called Dinkles. Marching bands use them. They are super comfortable and come in flat black. I can wear them for 6 hours of tech and not feel a thing. They rock. http://www.dinkles.com/purchase.asp

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #1 on: Feb 02, 2008, 07:29 pm »
Ooooo.  I was in marching band.  Yes, good shoes, but *twitch twitch*
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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #2 on: Feb 03, 2008, 04:04 am »
I am currently in marching band at school, and while this seems to be quite an interesting and practical idea, I don't know how eager I am to wear mine outside of band. Plus, we've just switched to Drill Masters, which is not as comfortable.
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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #3 on: Feb 03, 2008, 04:07 am »
When I was in marching band we used Drillmasters (http://www.drillmaster.com), too.  They look a little dorkier than Dinkles because they have a rolled heel (the roll step is key in marching band, ha).

I love using these backstage because they are super quiet, but shanakathleen's right - they're not as comfortable for long days.

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #4 on: Feb 05, 2008, 02:08 pm »
Dinkles?

I've obviously had 'way too much exposure to old British comedy (film and stage) to be able to take the idea of wearing these without comment from crew or company seriously -

"Ooh, err! That's a nice pair of Dinkles you've got there!"

Somewhat diminishes one's status, I think...

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #5 on: Feb 06, 2008, 12:46 am »
never heard of those, but i do love my capezio split-sole dance sneakers for tech.

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #6 on: Feb 06, 2008, 01:03 am »
never heard of those, but i do love my capezio split-sole dance sneakers for tech.

My favorites too!
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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #7 on: Feb 06, 2008, 09:47 am »
I like the g'd 'ol Aussie safety boots;-
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/locations/natural_areas/beaches/2775593_aussie_thongs_on_a_beach.php?id=2775593
Not practical but far better than bare feet!
« Last Edit: Feb 07, 2008, 11:27 pm by jmc »
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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #8 on: Feb 06, 2008, 10:57 am »
I guess I'm in the minority here, but I just go with black or dark tennis shoes.  Since the number of days that you are actually on your feet for 12hrs/day are limited, I'm fine with what I've got. Plus-- I got to look good backstage!

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #9 on: Feb 06, 2008, 11:00 am »
I guess I'm in the minority here, but I just go with black or dark tennis shoes.  Since the number of days that you are actually on your feet for 12hrs/day are limited, I'm fine with what I've got. Plus-- I got to look good backstage!

Ditto on tennis shoes -- black Reeboks seem to work well for me.  It's the extra pair of fresh clean socks to change into 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the 12 hour day that makes all the difference.

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #10 on: Feb 06, 2008, 11:03 am »
I have a pair of Steve Madden tenni's that I really like. They are comfortable and make me look damn sexy at my console backstage!

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #11 on: Feb 06, 2008, 03:22 pm »
Our Dinkles were white in band...and I don't remember them being that comfy.

That said, I make sure I have good arch support in them (I have inserts), and let alone the idea of an extra pair of socks, I make sure I alternate shoes every other day so they can air out appropriately.

I was shocked this last run to find that my "quiet" pair of shoes had turned "squeaky"!

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #12 on: Feb 06, 2008, 09:58 pm »
The comic strip "Funky Winkerbean" has a fanatic marching band director as a character. His name is Harry Dinkle. They named the shoes after the character.

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #13 on: Feb 07, 2008, 05:02 pm »
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It's the extra pair of fresh clean socks to change into 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the 12 hour day that makes all the difference.

Amen, brother.

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Re: i discovered the best SM/backstage shoes ever
« Reply #14 on: Feb 13, 2008, 04:24 am »
funny this should be brought up! I too have found my favourite shoes for work! I assume when you guys say "tennis shoes" you mean Dunlop Volleys or similar?

I hit the jackpot the other day and found steel capped volleys! Black ones at that! I actually cannot describe how excited I was! A lot of places I work at have policies requiring tech'ies to wear steel caps as part of their OH&s and I usually make my crew where them regardless so now I can wear steel caps and still look cool!  ;D

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