Neil Peart Signature UrbannBoards Drummer Shoes
UrbannBoards Drummer Shoes introduced Neil Peart Signature shoes at NAMM this week.
I'm waiting to get information from UrbannBoards about how to order these shoes (you can contact them directly at email@example.com). You can also read some reviews here:
Verdict - 4 out of 5 stars
In today's drumming, the feet are just as important as the hands and Urban Boards may provide the ideal solution. There's an intimate connection with the pedal board and yet the shoe provides support while the thin rubber sole is enough for stress and shock protection.
So let's go back and answer the question "are these shoes a gimmick?"
The evolution of drumming has come a long way since our ancestors hit hollowed out tree trunks with branches. What would we have done without the invention of drum sticks? If the hi hat pedal hadn't been invented our cymbals would still be placed 12 inches off the floor. What about the double bass drum pedal? The boom stand? The list goes on and you get the idea. While I am not saying that these shoes are as important as these devices that we now take for granted, if something new comes along to help us play better or more comfortably then bring it on! These shoes are no gimmicks.