The Best Drumming Shoes (We Have Worn Many) - Reviews 2018

Posted in Gear | Last Updated on October 4, 2018

There are many varieties of shoes that are comfortable to wear when playing drums. Most drummers need footwear that provides them some additional power without interrupting the foot's natural motion. There are several techniques for playing the bass drum. Most popular are heel up, heel down, heel-toe, slide etc.

The heel-toe technique has been around for quite a while, however only recently has it become extremely popular among the drummers. This can be a good technique for playing fast double strokes. The slide technique is another very popular method for playing very fast double strokes with only one foot. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or pro there are usually three categories drummers fall in when faced with the question

What type of shoes should I wear?

The Specific Shoe Drummers mainly use a particular type of shoe. The No Shoe Drummers play drums barefoot or in socks. The Any Shoe Drummers do not care about shoes. They do not matter either the weight nor the shape or the material of the shoes. I even know a couple of drummers wearing military boots while playing.

Unbelievable but true.

The four facts are important when choosing which shoes you will wear when you step on your pedal.

The more grip you have, the more control you have but, slippery shoes tend to work best for speed, while shoes with a substantial grip are better for power. If you want to achieve both then consider buying a shoe that has a decent amount of grip but not so much that will affect your speed.

The material is really important, it is all about comfort. Shoes that are made of lighter more flexible materials are much better than the stiff one. Choose flexible and light materials.

No need to discuss too much about the weight. It's very simple, every additional weight will make it difficult for you to play.
The shape of the shoe is also very important, avoiding high-heeled shoes, it will make you uncomfortable.

Tennis, basketball, skate and some running shoes are generally great choices for drummers because they tend to be flexible, lightweight and flat.
If you are one of those who plays drums in shoes. I will introduce you several types of shoes that you can use when playing for several hours without pain in your feet.

The 3 Best Drumming Shoes


The first of all is irreplaceable, eternal and legendary

All-Star Converse

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Many drummers will say that these shoes are their favorite for playing. Why? Because feeling is like you do not have them. All-Star Converse simply deserves respect. The first model has been made over 50 years and is still very modern and popular. I have to admit that I do not like them. I do not like their shape, their design. Don’t hate me. I just do not like to walk barefoot. Their main advantage is that they are very light and affordable for everyone.

  • Lightweight.
  • Quality vulcanized rubber sole.
  • 100% cotton canvas.

  • Pay attention to the size selection.
  • A lot of fake products, be careful.

An interesting option of drumming shoe could be a product for which you may never say it will be mentioned. Drummers are humans, and they differ from each other as their feet and taste.

I used to wear it for a while, but I found them as very big and robust, so I put them on the side.

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, then I'll tell you that they, believed it or not, skateboard shoes.

DC Men's Net Lace-Up Shoe

DC Men's Net,Grey,9 D US

All models have a flat sole, meaning there is no any kind of high heel, so you can use the technique you want. Maybe not your style, maybe you will need some time to get used to. Their price will help you in that. As I said their size and robustness may not suit you and your bass pedals as you would like, but you will certainly be comfortable and your feet will not hurt.

  • Leather.
  • Vent holes.
  • Durable, reliable, comfortable.

  • Some shoe shapes and sizes not matching.
  • Careful with size selection.

If basketball players, tennis players, football players, athletes, even golf players, motorcycle and car racers can have specially designed shoes, why the drummers could not?

The question was answered by the firm "Urbann-boards". The light and flexible Urbann-boards shoes were developed to allow drummers to perform at their best ability, providing extreme comfort, precision, breathability, glide and excellent grip. They come in gorgeous vibrant colors, materials, and styles. Here is our number one pick for the category "best drumming shoes":

The Urbann Boards Neil Peart Signature Shoe, Black-Gold

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“We gave Neil two pairs of shoes a few years ago. He wore them on stage during a RUSH tour, so we started working with him on a signature model. After 6 months we had the final prototype with all the features he asked us for.”

And Neal was very pleased and grateful.

“Urbann Boards Drummer Shoes are comfortable, supportive, and provide just the right combination of glide and grip on the pedal. I wear them every time I play. Thank you so much for working so hard to produce the PERFECT drumming shoes.”

Drummers who have their own signature shoes from Urbann Boards are Neil Peart, Virgil Donati, Dennis Chambers and Aquiles Priester.

Because of their high price, this pair of shoes may not be your first choice. But be sure to know that if you decide to buy them, quality is unavoidable. The Urbann Boards Neil Peart Signature Shoe provide everything you would expect from a custom-made product. These are not a pair of cheap shoes you may buy in any shoe store. They are a good investment aimed at the serious semi-pro/pro player looking for a professional quality product.

  • 100% leather
  • Construction that is 70% a single piece of leather
  • Features a special device to ensure the laces don't untie
  • Unique
  • Light weight with soft but firm sole

  • Price

In the end, I must point out that not one of the shoes I mentioned (or any other) will make you a better drummer. But these shoes can make your practice easier and more comfortable.