Can’t afford expensive custom-tailored clown shoes? Here are some ideas that won’t break the bank and will still feel good on your feet.
All my life I have had a love affair with shoes. It makes sense. My grandfather (my Mom’s Dad) was a shoe repair man. My Dad was a shoe repair man! I grew up with the smell of good leather, polish, and glue. My parents owned their own Department Store in a small town of 1000 people.
I always knew my Dad was in his repair shop at the back of the store by the sounds. I could hear him pounding nails into soles of work boots, hear the whining spin of the polisher or grinder, and the unmistakable clackety-clack of his treadle sewing machine.
He was intrigued by my clown shoes, the high quality construction and leather. When I would come home between seasons of clowning with Ringling Bros., I would bring home my friends’ clown shoes. Dad would re-sole and re-heel them and polish them to look like new.
My Dad has passed on and I have is leather sewing machine. I always remember his advice. “Don’t buy cheap shoes Pat; they will wreck your feet.” He was right.
Now I am older. I did manage to wreck my feet, but it wasn’t the clown shoes that did it.
During production numbers my first year on the road they had me in high heels. Running and dancing on concrete covered by thin rubber mats didn’t do me any favors.
Happily my one pair of original pink polka-dotted leather Mary Jane clown shoes still fit my sore old feet.
But I really can’t wear them for long periods of time.
What is a clown to do?
Fun sneakers to the rescue!
With the clown population getting older, I often get asked what type of shoe to wear if you can’t afford expensive leather clown shoes (always worth the price) or if you have foot issues and need to wear inner soles (me me!!!)
I recommend fun colored tennis shoes! Vans, PF Flyers, Converse are just a few of the manufacturers making colorful shoes that won’t make your feet hurt.
My daughter Julia — also a former Ringling Circus clown — is in love with Converse. She now works at a Journeys shoe store to pay for her college education (sign language interpretation).
She has some great ideas for you! Journeys is located in malls. It is a hip store for young people. They have the exclusive to many of the fun colors and styles clowns love.
That means you cannot find them anywhere else. Even on the brand’s website! So for the best selection, go to the physical store first.
For example, this Converse All Star style is available in the most popular clown color combination: Red – Yellow – Blue.
But you can only find this at Journeys; it is not for sale on the Converse website.
Clown shoe tips:
- If you wear innersoles, bring them with you to the store. Check to see if the innersole that comes in the shoe is removable. Many times it is just stuck in with a piece of double stick tape.
- High tops do provide extra ankle support.
- Wash them regularly. They will last longer.
- Use “Goof Off” to remove scuff marks.
- Replace white laces with colored laces, cords, or ribbons.
- Add bows for a fun feminine look.
- Wear fun socks to show off your fun shoes!
- Make sure your pants are short enough to show off your fun socks and cute shoes.
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