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how to choose dance shoes

Professional advice on how to choose dance shoes:

1) Soles:

Soles are the significant part of the dance shoes. Soles that grips the floor a lot can make you hurt your tarsus during turns. You can fall too. On the other hand, soles that lack the grip can make you slide on the ground when changing direction. The slips can cause harm to your muscles or make you fall.

Our choice for your dance shoes is as follows:
a. Fabric skin soles (i.e. Smooth skin) – the best;
b. Tough skin soles, having or lacking extra tramps holds well on the ground.
c.  Hard plastic/ polyurethane/ soft soles that hold, for example, corrugations and tramps.

Keep off the soft rubber shoes. Any shoes that form any depresison when pressed by a finger is not appropriate for dancing as they have too much grip. These kind of shoes include the running shoes, sneakers and athletes shoes. They risk harming your knees during dances. Shoes with several ridges, thick texture and bumps are equally not recommended. To identify a shoe with this kind of inappropriate sole, pose on a concrete floor with one leg and make a spin. If you are unable to make almost full or full rotation, keep off those shoes.

The ductile/tough rubbery "copycat leather" bases are a no go zone; they are too slippery. You can only make exceptions they posses perfect tramps on them. Take a test. Make two moving strides in opposite directions, one at a time, on a concrete, wood or tiled floor: whichever you prefer. If the step is too strong, avoid the shoes. However, some dancers prefer these kind of shoes, especially on a short nap carpeting (done for large crowds in open dances). Shoes with slippery but hard soles or wide heels are recommended. Because of the carpet cushioning, regular shoes "stick" to them and the thin “heels” are caught in them.

2) Men's Dance Shoes:

Soles of the shoes should be critically considered. They should be flexible enough to allow you move/ flex your toes in them. This is very necessary for some moves during dances. Try bending your toes upwards to check if the shoes are flexible enough.Men's supadanse shoes If they do not, the shoes are not appropriate for dancing as they will hinder you to make some dance moves comfortably; if at all you will even manage to make them. Most of the men’s shoes are stiff with hard soles, so you really need test and get the right shoes. You can get some “spats” if you swing. Check out the sample on the right. They are for Coast and Supadance respectively.

 

3) Women's Shoes:

Women have a wide variety of dance shoe selections to choose from; they are lucky indeed.Ray Rose Closed Shoes They can choose XStrap Pump, "Closed" shoe,  or "Open/Uncovered" shoe like the Dance America Ray Rose Shoes. The straps on most uncovered sandals give the shoes a perfect hold on the feet. Open sandals can give you blisters due to the much pressure they exert on the side toes. Your toes can really pain from the blisters. However, if you feel comfortable in them, there is no harm in dancing in them. As a woman, you should at no point use slip-ons or loosely fit shoes for dancing.

 

4) Open Heels:

A complete shoe covering your heel is recommended in open heels. This will keep you from stepping off the heels. Such include the examples above and  which have firm straps for your heel. The straps, however, are not safe enough. Therefore, it would be better for you to avoid them. They might not handle the twist and turns you make during the dances. Such kind of shoes can really disappoint you as the straps can break off while still dancing. You might get hurt. This is common for cheap shoe sold in unspecialized shoe dealer stores like the Walmart and Shopko. If must put on the open shoes with straps, get them from a specialized dealer in dance shoes.

5) Heel Height:

Official ballroom dances require women to put on shoes with heels. For dances from Europe, 3” heel is recommended. The required stretch is achieved in this dance, with the heels. The spins and turns are better done when one is on his or her digits. The heels make it perfect to make these spins and swings. For the Latin dances, 2”heel is recommended. Some women are used to wearing steeper heels than the recommended height. It is not bad. Just ensure you do not put on heels ½ “higher that your daily height of heels. For those new in wearing heels, get a 1” or ½” heel for the ballroom dancing. Ballroom dancing is definitely not a ‘walk in heels lesson’ class.

6) Character Shoes and choreography (ballet) Shoes:

Heels are the best shoes to dance with on your toes. They are especially preferable for shorter women, in ballroom dances. Some people however even dance with flat shoes, and are still perfect. Character shoes can also be used for ballroom dances, so can the choreography shoes. One can use them if one has a pair, although they will not give you the desired satisfaction. The most important thing to look for in dance shoes is the sole. The sole should not be too slippery or too sticky. Select a shoe with the perfect sole to get you spinning and making awesome moves on that floor.

 

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