Vratim Drum Shoe
Vratim is a company that’s started making shoes specifically for drumming. The Vratim Drum Shoe has a thin sole that allows the feet to work their magic on the pedals along with a nice balanced amount of grip to prevent excessive sliding. These shoes are more durable than most other drumming-oriented footwear because of their thicker upper material which allows them to last longer. They really make playing more enjoyable and these shoes are available in multiple colors to suit your personal preferences. More than just a niche product, these shoes are starting to be worn by a number of professional drummers which says a lot about their quality and effectiveness.
While Reebok’s Pheehan Run is a shoe primarily designed for running, they’re especially good for playing drums to accompany rock music because of their thick sole. These shoes feel rigid enough to be powerful, but remain flexible enough to offer you a great sense of control. The shoe is made with breathable materials which do a great job of preventing your feet from sweating a lot during a gig. They are just a basic gym shoe so you can wear then before, during, and after a gig. After all, the last thing you want to think about before a gig is whether you remembered to pack special drumming shoes! With their excellent combination of flexibility and power, like that I can walk into the venue wearing these shoes, play the gig, and then leave while wearing them.
Merrell’s Trail Glove 3 is a shoe intended for trail running, but they function great when it comes to playing drums. Engineered with lightweight materials, these shoes won’t slow your feet down so drummers transitioning from playing barefoot will appreciate them for not coming off as plodding weights. These shoes are extremely well made which capably grip the feet and allow them to move naturally, the soles are very durable to provide the right amount of grip, and they’re available in several different colors and sizes. While somewhat expensive, these shoes can be used for more than just drumming as they have a stylish look which makes them suitable for everyday wear.
dB Groove Drum Shoes
dB was one of the first companies to design a shoe specifically to wear while playing drums. One of their shoes is known as “The Groove” which are constructed from lightweight, breathable materials. Designed with a low toe spring, this allows your toes to be closer to the pedal than other shoes. This shoe is also designed with a vibration dampening mid-sole which cuts down on the sensation of the drum pedal feeling shaky. The shoes are designed to be worn without socks which affords you a more controlled feel while playing and the fact they look really cool as well doesn’t hurt either.
If you are a working drummer, you may have had to play a gig in a suit or tuxedo at some point in your career. Jazz drummers playing corporate gigs or classical pops drummers certainly can’t walk on stage barefoot or wearing running shoes. For these types of upscale occasions, I recommend the Vivobarefoot Ra II Leather shoe. This is a minimal-style shoe that looks like a black oxford-style dress shoe with very thin soles which allow the foot to move around properly. Much lighter than regular dress shoes, they still have a very proper look so if you’re are a drummer with an office job, you can even comfortably wear them at work.