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Applying Suede Heel Tip Wraps to Dance Shoes

Option #1: With a Rubber Band

Situate the wrap so that the thickest flap  will lie flush with the inside of the heel

Situate the wrap so that the thickest flap will lie flush with the inside of the heel

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Press the flaps down around the heel

Suede Heel Wrap for Ballroom Shoes

Secure the suede wrap to the heel with a rubber band. This option allows for easy removal and reapplication of the suede wrap when desired.

 Option #2: With Shoe Glue

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Starting the same as option #1 above, situate the wrap so that the thickest flap will lie flush with the inside of the heel

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Carefully snip off the extending flaps. Trim both in a curve and a straight line for different areas to achieve an optimal fit

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wrap8 Use shoe glue, or even super glue to adhere the suede piece onto the heel.

 Suede heel wraps can be found here on our website.

Make Your Dance Score a Perfect 10 with New e.K. Clothing Performancewear

Up your score with the new performancewear line from e.K. Clothing! We have just launched a brand new section on our site offering styles specifically designed for competitions and performance. These styles are created to steal the show with professional costume elements with flashier designs that are literally just for show! They have built in bust support and include leotards relieving you of attempting to find coordinating undergarments or sewing in support.

Our new selection of styles also feature a range of designs with fringes, stones, embroidery, mesh – all the embellishments that are usually found in a professional dancer’s competition costume. The dresses can be customized with high end crystals as well. You have the choice to select no stones, Korean stones, Czech stones or Swarovski crystals. Even more styles will be released shortly that will expand the performancewear line to also include Ballroom Dresses. Currently, we have a range of Latin Dresses which are shorter and are perfect for Salsa, Cha Cha, Rhumba and the Hustle.

Many dancers who compete professionally have already been choosing e.K. Clothing dresses for their vivid colors, swirly fabrics, reliable construction and classic styling. But unlike social dance dresses, competition clothing requires more stage presence and bling. e.K. Clothing now offers ready-to-wear glamour and flash for dancers who’d rather be practicing their moves than spending valuable time adding glitz to more basic styles!

These new performancewear styles are also a good choice for dance troupe costumes when you are planning to dance on a large stage in a venue seating hundreds. The further the audience is from the stage the more essential it is to wear a striking costume. Just like adding more intense makeup accentuates your features, stage presence in your dress calls attention to your movements.  You’ll be dancing with more verve when you feel confident in your costume-browse our new performancewear styles here!

Product Review: Toe Pad Shoe Inserts for Dancers

At first glance the shoe pads do not look very impressive and actually are quite confusing because the shape with the small triangle hanging off isn’t typical. Yet after looking at the picture of how you should wear them it becomes a lot clearer. The triangle with the hole in the center actually goes over your toe next to your big toe. This connects the footpad to your foot. The pad connects to your foot, not to the shoe. Unlike most inserts that attach to the shoe, the focus of this insert is on your foot.

I would not wear this with peeptoe pumps or lowcut pumps because then the strap that connects the pad to your foot is visible and looks odd.

On first wearing the pad, I felt a noticeable difference. The pad really cushions the ball of the foot. I decided, however, to wear the product twice for an accurate and fair review.  The first wear was for a dressy event that required standing in heels and going up and down some stairs. The pad did raise the ball of the foot out of the heel slightly so that it did take a minor adjustment of how to walk so that my foot didn’t slip out of the heel. Yet the cushioning was worth it. To walk up and down stairs in heels I prefer to use the ball of my foot so that I don’t make unnecessary noise of the heels clacking on the stairs. The insert made walking actually pleasant. Surprisingly the toe connection piece also lifted the shoe toe off the toes so that I didn’t have any pressure or get blisters.

The real test would be how the pad stands up to a night on the dance floor. Luckily, I had just the event to test the pads. La Fiesta is a latin dance held every semester with a full band. Everyone dresses up, heels are the standard and dancing till you drop is mandatory.

Unfortunately, these pads let me down on the second wear. First, the cushioning wasn’t as supportive on the second wear. I also could feel the ridge between the top layers, which was uncomfortable. While for walking it was possible to re-position how I walk, it wasn’t logical when it came to dancing. My heel kept slipping out of my shoe because of the extra height of the pads. Perhaps if I had worn heels with an ankle strap the slipping could have been avoided. I wore the same pair of heels for both tests of the pads. At the end of the night I had some blisters on the tops of my toes which were pushed up into the toe of the shoe by the pad and with the added pressure of dancing – the pad didn’t hold up as supportive or preventative of blisters as I had hoped from my first wear.

I would expect shoe pads to last beyond one wear. Perhaps these are best suited for dressy events with minor walking and moving. However, I would not recommend them for the dance floor. Though everyone’s feet are different, so it is possible that these pads could be the salvation a dancer is looking for. Depending on the heels worn, the outcome could vary. For me, they did not work.

e.K. Clothing Introduces Menswear!

You asked, and we listened! For a long time, we at e.K. Clothing have been getting requests for menswear. Our women’s dance wear fits fabulously and is very popular, so it’s only natural, of course. We know you guys have been feeling left out. But – no more! It’s time we cater to the needs of the male latin, ballroom, and salsa dancers out there. It’s time to bring out the same fabulous fits – but now for the male body, and with smooth details to complement our well-tailored, solid, masculine lines.

Our menswear category leans more toward performance – showcase, competition or professional attire, in general. The selection we offer right now is a bit more formal. So the pants, for example, could be worn social dancing – if a well-dressed man were so inclined. However, they fit in more on the competitive, performance, or professional dance floor. These pants are more fitted than regular slacks, especially through the hip, rear, and waist. (This silhouette shows off body lines excellently. That’s why it has always been so popular in the world of ballroom dance wear.) The satin detailing, available either as a Satin Waistband Latin Pant or a Satin Vertical Stripe Latin Pant, adds a sleek, sexy finish that also helps to show body contours.

The shirts vary in materials a bit more, and also would look best for competitions and shows. For example, we have a Lace Sleeved Latin Shirt with thick lace on the sleeves and sides of the front torso, for detail that’s subtle yet intricate. Our Sheer Wide V Latin Shirt opens the neck line up, showing definition and a sexy hint of skin on the sleeves and on the front sides of the torso, while contrasting with opaque fabric in both the front and back. Our Sheer Narrow V Latin Shirt has a greater use of sheer fabric, with the same sheer sleeves, but more torso and the chest seen through the material. This is perhaps best for the more fit competitor or performer, as it is our least modest. But it all depends on the look you’re going for.

Ladies and audiences love a well-dressed leading man. If you want to look smooth, confident, sexy, masculine, and polished, we are now here for you, so you can be that well-groomed dancer. Finally, you can choose e.K. for affordable Latin menswear!

New Product Alert: The Dance Panty!

There she is, at the club or on stage, treating onlookers to a bit too much of the wrong kind of show. Those who would otherwise admire her dancing are now checking out… her underwear. And sure, most women are okay if their black underwear shows a little, but having bunchy-white-cotton-striped-lace-panties on display is preferable avoidable, right? So, in your efforts to avoid being “that girl,” you are extra careful. After a few clumsy twirls in the mirror before a night out, whipping your head around to see if your skirt flies up too high, you determine your level of concern. Then, you either a) find something that semi-works, b) spend the night worrying every time you spin, or c) change your outfit altogether. Finding dance briefs or underwear is certainly a dilemma, but it doesn’t have to be an eternal one. Never fear, ladies – we’ve got you covered!

e.K. Clothing is introducing our Dance Panty, a comfortable option to wear beneath skirts and dresses (or solo, but we’ll get to that in a minute). These underwear are made of the same polyester/spandex blend as many of our dresses (not cotton, which tends to sag, bubble, or not dry as quickly), and are available in three functional styles – bikini, wide bikini, and boyshort. The low-rise waist and slim, clear elastic at openings ensures that many items of clothing can be worn with them, without the worry that they will be seen peeking out in the back or at the waist. Each of the three styles are conveniently available in many colors, as well.

The dance panty can be worn as comfortable underwear while social dancing. They stay in place and they have a simple, classy look. They can also be worn as panties that match your costume, if your outfit doesn’t have a built-in leotard or bottom. If you know that red skirt is going to fly up and your underwear will be seen at some point in the routine, having a simple, matching red brief underneath is an ideal option. And finally, they are a great stage option if, well… you’re just that sexy. The panty can be a creative part of the costume itself!

Comfortable dance underwear is not always easy to find; most women are searching for simple, plain designs in the right fabric, cut and color. In our efforts to make your search easier, many patterns of the dance panty were designed and redesigned, with dancer feedback being considered. So, you can be sure that they are dancer-approved! With these in your closet – and in multiple colors and cuts to suit your wardrobe needs – you won’t have to limit what you wear out, and you’ll be able to dance worry-free.

e.K. Clothing Introduces Kidswear

The little girls take the stage, smiling in their lady-like little dresses, ready to twirl, tap, shake, bounce, and wiggle at the count of  “5, 6, 7, 8.” Spectators focus their attention on the adorable little show stoppers, with excited exchanges of “Aww, they’re so cute!” Sound familiar?

Most people have seen the delightful performances of budding young dancers before, and of course, they’re entertaining. But nowadays, parents are faced with the dilemma of dressing their little girls, under the pressure to choose contemporary styles that are often just too “mature,” or inappropriate. This is especially evident in the ballroom and salsa world, where the line between “girls” and “women” often seems blurred. How high should the heel be? How short, how tight should the skirt be? These are the questions many parents and dance teachers may be asking themselves as the day of the recital approaches, as they search for appropriate yet stylish attire for the little ones.

Now, the right blend of cute and comfortable is available at e.K. Clothing. We are introducing a new kidswear section to our online shop, with apparel for girls. In party-ready girlish pinks and fun reds, among other colors, we offer dresses and two-piece outfits, with more new styles coming soon. They are made of the same easy-to-clean, stretch fabric as our women’s dresses, and still reasonably priced.

When girls are young, it’s important that they take pride in their appearance, and feel confident. When little dancers sashay and shimmy on stage, that big smile for the crowd has to come from somewhere, after all. By outfitting them in stylish dancewear that’s also comfortable and appropriately modest, you take a great step toward making your younger, aspiring performers feel confident and ready to dance. Girls’ dance clothing styles can be found here.