The friction-reducing LOFRI-04 kit is a set of high-tech stick-on soles that can be attached to the
existing soles of most flat-soled dance shoes, to
optimize the shoes' friction characteristics for dancing. LOFRI-04 soles allow
dancers to pivot and slide with ease on difficult floors. Moreover, LOFRI-04 is
configurable for use
(a) moderately sticky, high-friction dance floors indoors, or
(b) very sticky, very high-friction dance floors indoors and even for concrete and asphalt
Components of the LOFRI-04 kit are backed by 3M industrial-strength, dual-sided
adhesive and they are ready to be affixed to shoes.
How to configure LOFRI-04
As said, LOFRI-04 can be configured and re-configured for different dance floors. Configuration is accomplished by inserting one of the two provided types of small disks inside the permanently attached large disks, according to the following guidelines:
|Soft small disks ||Use only indoors on moderately sticky or high-friction dance floors. In our experience, the soft small disks are suitable for 80% of all non-studio-quality wood dance floors. However, never use the soft small disks on concrete or asphalt because the suede material of the soft small disks will get shredded on those abrasive surfaces.|
|Hard small disks||Use on concrete or asphalt outdoors, or on extremely sticky indoor dance floors. In our experience, only 20% of indoor dance floors are so sticky that they warrant the use of the hard small disk, typically in dance clubs after a few spilled drinks gunk up the floor. On most moderately sticky or high-friction indoor dance floors the hard small disks are too slippery. Use with caution. |
The small disks come with industrial-strength adhesive backing. They can be attached without any tools by removing the protective foil of the adhesive backing and pressing them into place, by hand. Re-configuration is accomplished by prying the currently attached small disks out (a small screwdriver or nail file will do the trick) and attaching the other set of small disks instead. Re-configuration takes about one minute and can be done easily on location, if the conditions of the dance floor call for doing so.
A typical scenario calling for re-configuration is that of a dancer alternating between two different venues every week. Or, a dancer might attend indoor events on moderately sticky floors weekly, and an occasional outdoor street festival on concrete or asphalt. Yet another scenario is one that we, the developers of LOFRI-04 experience frequently: while dancing at a nightclub, the floor is moderately sticky in the beginning of the evening, but becomes increasingly more sticky as drinks are spilled and gunk up the floor. We simply reconfigure our LOFRI-04 soles as needed in the course of the evening.
Replacement small disks
While the adhesive backing of the small disks makes it possible to attach and remove them with ease, doing so repeatedly weakens the adhesive and, after removing the disks once or twice they don't adhere well enough any more. For that reason, we offer LOFRI-04 users who expect to reconfigure their LOFRI-04 soles repeatedly, pairs of small disks for purchase at very moderate prices of $1.00 and $1.50 for a pair of the hard and soft small disks, respectively. We recommend ordering a few of those small disks (at PRODUCTS > LOW-FRICTION ACCESSORIES in the panel on the left) when placing an order for LOFRI-04, instead of ordering these replacement disks separately and incurring additional shipping charges.
Comparison to our other low-friction products
The LOFRI-04 components will attach well to flat soles without profile, such as
suede soles or hard leather soles. In order to attach LOFRI-04 to shoes with
aggressive or knobby profiles, which don't offer a lot of surface area that the
adhesive can touch and adhere to, we strongly recommend purchasing our available
Attachment Kit or purchasing our
LOFRI-DIY (do-it-yourself) kit instead of the LOFRI-04 kit. The
LOFRI-DIY kit requires some work by the end-user, notably gluing the soles
to the user's shoes with Superglue Gel or contact cement, but these glues are so
strong that they allow gluing LOFRI components even to shoes with aggressive
LOFRI-DIY kit comes with enough parts for outfitting TWO pairs of shoes.
While the LOFRI-04 low-friction components will reduce friction on concrete and asphalt significantly, they are not as effective as the super-low-friction components of our SULOFRI product. For dancing exclusively outdoors, SULOFRI is the better choice. The advantage of LOFRI-04 is its versatility and configurability.
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There are 10 components in this kit:
- 2x large low-friction disks
- 2x soft small disks (made of suede)
- 2x hard small disks, made of the same low-friction material as the large disks
- 2x toe patches, made of the same low-friction material as the large disks
- 2x side patches, made of the same low-friction material as the large disks. These can be attached next to the large disks, on shoes that are
wider than the large disks, as shown in Fig. 1, or they can be used as replacements if the original toe patches
wear out faster than the large disks. The side patches are slightly smaller than the toe patches
Also included in each kit are:
- Superglue Gel for local reinforcement and for quick repairs
- Two-page user guide with color illustrations
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This product is intended to reduce friction of dance shoes on certain
floors, such as sticky dance floors in nightclubs or generally most non-wood
floors. While most dancers will find this property desirable, the risk of
slipping and falling on any floor increases when using this product. Dancers
should especially avoid walking on wet or slippery floors when using this
- Do not use LOFRI-04 configured for indoors (with the soft small disks) on concrete or asphalt, since these highly abrasive
surfaces will shred or dislodge the soft small disk. Instead, use
the hard small disks.
- Do not use LOFRI-04 configured for outdoors (with the hard small disks) on indoor surfaces because the soles are too slippery, unless the indoor surfaces are extremely sticky.
- While LOFRI-04 components can be pried off from shoes, there is a good
chance that they will leave some adhesive residue on the shoe soles that
cannot be removed. We advise using an old pair of shoes for trying out
any of our Soles2dance products.
- While LOFRI-04 can be configured and used on concrete and asphalt, users are advised that the low-friction material will wear down very quickly on these highly abrasive surfaces. Users should expect roughly 4-8 hours of dancing before the components are worn down. The actual rate of wear depends largely on the abrasiveness of the surface, the dance style, and the weight of the user.