More big ups to mudita303 for fluoro gaffer-tape enablement, and thanks to everyone who offered. I have put in a product suggestion with Home of Poi*, so hopefully us home hoopmakers won't have to tolerate this reprehensible no-fluoro-gaffer-tape situation for much longer.
Holding your boots together:
This is actually duct tape. Yes, there's a difference, and that's why gaffer tape is better for hoops - it stretches in a different way and is grippier. Anyway - the boots.
I got them for free as part of those crazy 'buy one, get one free' deals at the No1 Shoe Warehouse in 2005. I was buying sandshoes for my first Burning Man, which cost me a grand total of $20, and they had this deal going. So I picked the boots. The shoes only lasted 2 burns, but these boots have been to:
American Kiwiburn 05 and 06
Kiwiburn 07, 08 and 09
Melting Man 07 and 08
Canaan Downs 09
As well as countless dance parties and also being worn to work on a regular basis throughout 07 and 08. They have dust from three continents on them.
As you can see, they are on their last legs, and to be realistic they've been like that since about this time last year, when they got retired to the Burn wardrobe. I just can't bear to part with them, and my searches for an equivalent have been fruitless. I mean, I'd even be willing to PAY for replacements for these - but fashion has moved on and this kind of thing just isn't around in shoe shops any more, more's the pity...
Anyway, I knew after AfrikaBurn that they weren't likely to make it through another dance party, so I wore them to Speed of Sound on Saturday. And sure enough, about one hour into the hooping, I felt the breeze on my feet. Luckily, duct tape holds the universe together, and at dance parties there's always some around. So now my boots have decoration.
I'll probably never wear them again. Maybe I should have them mounted on a plinth with a little bronze plaque saying "2005-2009 - best free boots ever!" Other suggestions for a fitting end to these boots most welcome.
OK, moral/ethical question of the day - Which is worse out of the following:
1. Mother of 13 year old girl allows daughter to climb inside a large cardboard box on the roof of her van to use her body weight to hold it down.
2. Father of 7 year old boy gets him tattooed with a gang symbol.
Just curious what people think..
* Home of Poi are awesome. They answered my email within 24 hours saying that since they're about to start stocking hoops, it's likely (but not guaranteed) that they'll also stock gaffer tape. Of the other tape suppliers I emailed about sourcing this, not one has replied yet. HoP have also consistently got my orders to me within 2 days of placement, and they offer loyalty discounts that so far have saved me ~$50. If you're a spinner, dabbler, performer or whatever, I thoroughly recommend them for gear and parts. And to those in South Africa (where kevlar is apparently like gold and folks use tightly-bound hessian), these guys consistently have kevlar at reasonable prices.