It’s been noticed, that after a certain period of time practicing tai ji, a preoccupation with footwear starts to creep in. From the straight ahead “these’ll do !” old school gym shoes, to the extremes of rubbery barefoot style technology.
Original style kung fu slippers, sneakers, classic trainers, kicks, crepes, gutties, daps,or even plimsolls, call them what you will, the variety is endless. So aside from from fit, whats important and what should they all have in common ?
- Flat sole – as even as possible, from toe to heel.
- Grip – non slip with good traction and ground feel. Really helps, especially during those all important
linking turn moves.
So, whether you’re a minimalist or an obsessive, bordering on holy grail, quest like proportions in search of the ultimate definitive tai ji shoe, or you’ve already reached untold levels of shoe mania, we know who you are. Of course while their is no substitute for solid, sustained, practice, whatever helps you to get out on the floor is always a plus!