Shoes

  • Cloggers may wear Oxford style, Mary Jane style, or Split-Soled leather shoes.                                       
  • Shoes can usually be ordered in white, black, or tan.  Some groups spray paint their shoes other colors. 
  • White shoes are easier to see on stage than black shoes, but need to be polished more often.
  • Beginner cloggers may buy white flat-soled Keds with canvas or leather uppers and install taps.  
  • Another entry-level option for young children: clogging taps can be installed on the black plastic Mary Jane-style tap shoes sold at Payless or other budget shoe stores.      
  • Intermediate cloggers usually wear oxford style leather dance shoes.  As the technical demands of a clogging class grow, so does the need for a more supportive and flexible shoe.  
  • Advanced cloggers who perform toe stands generally prefer split-soled shoes.  Dance Fair brand "Signature Split-Soles" are popular now.  
  • Non-skid pads may be installed (below the tap under the ball of the foot) at a shoe shop if dance floors are too slippery.  Alternatively, cloggers use duct tape or even hairspray to increase traction.  
  • Taps can be attached to split-soled dance sneakers for a practice shoe that is more comfortable.  
  • If you do not have access to a local dance shoe store or used-shoe swap, here are some options (not affiliated with this site):  

Backstage Dancewear (Bonnie Steele)
Phone: (801) 446-0192      Utah

Carl's Clogging Supplies    South Carolina

Steven's Clogging Supplies     Pennsylvania

Midwest Clogging Connection
    Wisconsin

Clog On
     

eBay "Clogging Shoes" or "Tap Shoes"

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