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Old 11-24-06, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hello Friends,

I am looking for a pair of lean shoes. Don't know much about it except there is old fashioned long clown shoes, and also the newer variety that mount or hook into a heavy steel plate, so that you don't need the length of the shoe to get the lean...if you know what I mean.

any one got info on this. Not wanting to spend $700 for them like I saw on Internet...


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Old 11-25-06, 05:57 AM   #2
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I a friend of mine once made some herself.
The long shoe type. From memory it seemed a simple matter of attaching some strong boots to an appropriate size and strength piece of plywood then decorating them with leather to make them look more like a long boot.

The lock in type could be made by any metal engineer if you managed to explain it enough to him in detail.
You could probably work something out using those clip in shoes cyclists use as well.

I you lived in Croatia I'd make you a pair but I guess you don't.
I'm sure you must know at least 1 handy guy.
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Old 11-25-06, 08:10 AM   #3
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Did a show once with a lean shoe act where we just used ski boots from a yard sale attached to a half sheet of plywood. Can't walk around in the rig, but you can lean all the way to the floor (if you are flexible and strong enough.)

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A friend of mine has a pair he had built. I'll see if I can pass along some information from him.
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Old 11-25-06, 08:54 PM   #5
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Canada thanks, any more info?

Thanks for the input, guys. Gav, I do not live in Croatia, look me up when you are in Vancouver, BC next.

Ski boots, eh? Very classy, may work for short term. I am beginning to see that portability may be an issue, as always, with fun but bulky props. Could work the ski boots into the show, a skiing gag? Potential there...

Stephon, the more info you can pass on, the better. I would love to build a pair, or have a pair built for me, as I don't have access to many tools at the moment.

I like the idea of the stand alone lean shoes... so much fun!!

Cheers, thanks again, any one else out there have ideas or experience? Want to build me some?

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Old 11-26-06, 10:51 AM   #6
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Here's what Matt had to say:

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I got my shoes from Malloy Modern Magic. They are the kind that fit on a bolt in the stage. I spent a lot of money on them after first trying to build some of my own. What I learned is that it is worth it to pay for something made by someone who knows how to build it. You can really mess yourself up thoroughly if the boots give out or don't work right.

If this person would like to talk to me about it, I'd be willing to do so.
I should mention that Matthew is an engineering and design genius, so if he went to someone else for the work, it's probably a good idea.

I can PM you with his contact info, if you like.
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Old 01-08-10, 03:30 PM   #7
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I'm also looking to make some lean shoes, and I'm wondering if anyone has seen these more in a pointe shoe style? Little Tich walked on tiptoes in his "long boots", but they were awkward--part of the gag. I'm thinking something that I might actually be able to dance in. . .

On that note, anyone know somebody who could make some custom pointe shoes?

Thanks!

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