What kind of shoes should I wear to Zumba class you ask?
What kind of shoes should I wear to Zumba class?
There are overwhelming choices when it comes to picking a workout/Zumba shoe. I know we all gravitate toward our favorite color (pink please!), but there are a few considerations to think about before you head to the checkout counter.
1. Everyone’s feet are different, your friend Susie may loves her shoes, but they may not be the best for you.
2. As long as you have a supportive, comfortable shoe, you can always add different insoles that give your foot that extra arch support or cushion.
3. You do not have to buy dance shoes. If that works for you, and you can find them in stock, great. If not, a pair of good cross trainers will work just as well. If they have too much tread on them for twisting and turning easily, add a square of duct tape on the ball of the foot or buy slip-on dancers.
4. You may have to go up a half to a whole size from your regular shoe size, so try them on.
“The right type of shoe is key to easy-flowing movement, so you should wear good supportive shoes such as cross-trainers or dance-specific sneakers. Wear shoes that do not have a lot of tread at the bottom and are meant for medial/lateral/twisting motion.”
Now I’ve gone through a lot of shoes. I mean a LOT. Some worked, some didn’t. My absolute favorites of all time are Nike Dual Fusion ST/ST2 with added “athlete” insoles. They have a ton of support and are easy to find. That said; make sure you try before you buy to find YOUR perfect fit.
Many stores have dance fitness or “Zumba” shoes, which usually means they have a small circle on the ball of the foot for pivoting. These shoes can be great for Zumba, as long as they have enough support for your particular foot. Zumba.com offers several shoes online that are very light weight and great for dance, though we have noticed they don’t have quite as much cushion as a cross trainer and they are a bit slippery for a wood floor.
So before you buy shoes, evaluate your personal needs. A cross trainer will provide additional arch support and shock absorption for jumping and protecting your joints. A shoe with a pivot circle or dance shoe will help you with those turns and lateral movements and be easier on your knees. If the classes you take are on carpet or astroturf, consider a very low tread dance shoe or use slip-on dancers dance slides.