Long ago in times that you can only see in old movies men used to wear shoes called dancing pumps. They weren’t like high heeled pumps that women wear. They were actually much more like womens Puma Ferrari Drift Cat shoes.
You aren’t likely to see men wearing special shoes for dancing nowadays unless the men are performers. Sometimes you can see dancing pumps in an old movie when there is a formal dance or ball someplace like a palace. You might even see some in The Sound of Music.
Dancing pumps were lighter and softer than the shoes men wore outdoors. They fitted snugly to the foot. The soles were thin and the overall effect was to make a man more graceful and light on his feet.
The thin soles gave a dancer more control over his feet. They did not damage the highly polished floor. And they did not damage the partner in the event that he trod on her foot.
It may seem strange that the shoes that are similar in design to the dancing pumps of old are the ones designed to meet the needs of professional race drivers. The thin soles and sleek design of the shoe provide minimal interference between the driver and the pedals. With no distracting bulk to interfere he always knows exactly where his feet are.
These shoes are different from traditional sport shoes. Joggers and runners need lots of padding to protect their joints from impact. Shoes designed for high impact activities are comfortable and they soon found their way indoors. But they never really looked like they belonged in the office or dining room.
Shoes designed for motor sports are different. The padding so essential in other sports would just interfere with a driver’s control of the vehicle. Drivers need thin soles for good contact with pedals. Driving shoes can look sleek and attractive.
You don’t need to be a race car driver to enjoy the advantages of shoes inspired by auto sports. Kids love them. And nobody loves comfortable shoes that look civilized more than today’s active woman.
It is interesting to notice that although these new motor sport inspired shoes resemble historic dance shoes worn by men they do not look anything like women’s dance shoes. The shoes women traditionally have worn for dancing are anything but comfortable. Womens dress shoes are made to be taken off at the first opportunity.
One of the most memorable quotes about the great dancer Fred Astaire was that Ginger Rogers did everything he did but backwards and in high heels. Ladies may never go so far as to wear their Pumas to a formal dance but they will find plenty of other occasions when they don’t want to be dancing backwards.
Most women today spend more time in their cars than they spend dancing or running or playing tennis. Moms who drive car pool or commute to distant jobs welcome a shoe that looks good and feels good in and out of the car. The womens Puma Ferrari Drift Cat shoes will look good and feel good where ever they go.
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