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Jun. 15, 2018
Shoes, Part VI
(con't from Part V) For those organists who use them, the issue of what to do with organ shoes, to keep these important items protected and stored in a safe, clean place when they're not being worn, sometimes can become problematic. If organ shoes are simply left at the console where the organist plays publicly, they will be unavailable for home practice ... unless the organist wishes to invest in an identical pair for home use, in which case, even then, a preference for one pair or the other will likely develop. A conventional shoe box becomes unwieldy in this situation because the lid is loose, it must be tied or banded shut since it has no handle, and it's bulky to carry along with a briefcase or any other items. In this situation a special, easy to carry, zippered tote bag made for shoes (photo) constructed of durable material having a handle, side vent, and zippered side compartment (for shoe horn, spare shoestrings, etc.) can be an essential tool. Dirt is the enemy of organ shoes; it can scratch the pedals and hinder the sliding of the feet across them, not to mention the filth involved; dirt and organ shoes don't go together. A bag like this will help keep shoes AND pedals free of dirt.