Finding the Right Pair of Dance Shoes
Article written by Chris Lynam of Arthur Murray California
Getting Started: Your First Pair of Dance Shoes
|For Men:||You want an “everyday” shoe. Something with suede on the soles, lightweight, and made for ballroom dancing. We recommend traditional leather over patent leather for your everyday shoe.|
|For Women:||The women’s version of an “everyday” shoe must be lightweight and with suede soles. We recommend an open toe shoe that has a heel 2.5 inches or less. Important note: select shoes as close to your skin tone as possible.|
TIP: With all dance shoes, keep in mind that the fit, in most cases, should be snug in the beginning. After a few practice parties – they’ll fit like a glove.
Expand Your Options: Graduating from your Beginner Shoes
|For Men:||As an intermediate dancer, it’s time to pick up two pairs of shoes: Some patent leather ballroom shoes (for your next routine), and a pair of Latin Heels. Yes, even to this day it still sounds crazy to type the words “heels” as a shoe recommendation for dudes – but they really do help.|
|For Women:||As an intermediate dancer it’s time to diversify your shoe options: Latin & Ballroom (*open toe & closed toe respectively).|
TIP: Latin heels are part of your latin dancing uniform. Don’t wear them to buy groceries…ever.
Make a Statement: Shoes for Advanced Dancers
|For Men:||As an advanced dancer, foot flexibility is key. Now you will be in the market for ballroom shoes that are “split-sole”. These shoes can, literally, fold in half and allow for more range of motion. They are available in both ballroom and latin varieties.|
|For Women:||Your teacher has recreated your feet and legs into works of dance-art – and now it is time to glam up your shoes. After all, great footwork is the best accessory to great footwear. So, feel free to add rhinestones, bold colors, or butterfly wings to your shoes (joking). If you’ve got the footwork, show it off with great footwear.|
TIP: Great footwork is the best accessory to great footwear.
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