For the most part the size of most full size ventriloquist figures run between 38 and 42 inches in length. I have found that the size of shoes that fit best with figures of this size are about seven inches in length from heel to toe. Flea markets and yard sales will turn up some great children’s shoes which work great. I myself really try to stay away from sneakers. Just my preference. I like leather shoes.
Many times once you put shoes on the figure and as you handle the figure the shoes will fall off and I know that can be frustrating to say the least. I have found that one of the easiest ways to remedy this problem is with velcro. You can purchase a strip of either black or white velcro at most craft shops like Michael’s or AC Moore or else at a fabric shop like Jo Anne Fabrics.
You cut a strip of the velcro about 2 1/2″ in length and attach one side to the bottom of the foot and the other side to the inside of the shoe. The velcro comes with adhesive and it is peel and stick. Once applied the shoe will not come off unless you actually peel it off separating the velcro strip.
I have also purchased figures where the shoes have actually been stitched with a few stitches to the back of the heel and front of the foot to keep it on. I think that is a bit much because then you can’t change the shoes very easily. I have also come across a couple figures where the shoes were glued to the bottom of the foot. Also prevents changing shoes but works..
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2009 by Dan Willinger
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