At the annually-held Stratford Festival, 1000 pairs of shoes are made each year by its various shoemakers. These specially made shoes are created for the many actors and dancers performing in multiple productions staged by the theater at the festival. Customized specifications are often requested by Stratford performers, as professional dancing tends to be rather athletically demanding on the feet.
Several of the tap dancers performing in the theater’s upcoming production of Crazy for You requested an alteration in shoe size to allow a certain amount of toe room. The experienced shoe staff readily meets these requests, either altering the shoes themselves or having them done off-site. “It makes a difference as to how you perform, especially with tap dancing,” said Kerry Gage, associate choreographer of Crazy for You. “Everybody’s feet are entirely different.”
Wearing the proper shoe size is pertinent for dancers and other people who are always on their feet. If you require assistance in selecting proper-fitting footwear, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Associates of New York. Our doctors can attend to any of your foot and ankle needs.
Getting the Right Shoe Size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.
So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.
People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.
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