Do You Need Any Special Or Preferred Shoes For Dancing?
By: Loc Tran
I received a question from one of the members of our Facebook group (Adam) recently who asked:
“Hey do you need any special or preferred shoes for this?”
The short answer is no, you can wear whatever shoes you want to, however dance shoes do make a huge difference, if you watch people on a dance floor you will notice that the ones who look like they know what they are doing are usually wearing some form of dance shoe.
Here are some reasons why you should consider investing in a pair of dance shoes:
- Most women’s shoes do not have the strength, fit, stability or comfort suitable for dancing, so instead of concentrating on their partner, the dancing and the music they end up worrying more about trying not to fall over and their sore feet.
- The uppers of their shoes may stretch and break.
- The shoe fronts may be too pointy and squeeze the toes too hard. Choose a snug but not toe-crushing fit.
- Open toe shoes may have too large an opening, allowing the foot to slide right through the front, which is not cool at all. Latin dancers typically wear open-toed shoes or strappy sandals with a 9mm flared heel.
- Heels often break or slant to one side and are usually too high and thin.
- Most dancers soon realise that heels higher than 65mm make energetic dancing for long periods of time a painful experience. Slim heels make turns and other moves easier. Flared heels are preferred for the Latin dances because they provide more stability.
- With men’s shoes, usually they tend to be too bulky, too long and too heavy.
- The soles are too rigid and do not have enough slip to spin and slide properly. Non-slip soles are essential, look for sueded soles which provide the right combination of grip and slide. Rubber sneaker-like soles can stick to the floor and cause knee injuries and leather soles can slide too much. Dance shoes have thinner soles than normal shoes. Most dancing shoes have a steel shank for support. The shoe material is flexible and lightweight. Continue reading