If you’re wondering what shoes to wear for a dance fitness class, here are a few of the best dance trainers and indoor fitness shoes I have found so far (and I have tried quite a few!) but let me start by saying, you do not need to go straight out and buy new shoes, neither do you need any fancy footwear for ‘en Joy dance fitness classes. If you have a pair of trainers and you’re happy with them, they will be fine. However, if you’re finding it difficult to move in them as freely as you’d like, or they feel uncomfortable, it might be a good idea to invest in a pair of trainers designed with dance fitness in mind.
Quite a few of the big sports brands have started to realise how popular dance fitness classes such as Zumba are, and companies such as Reebok and Nike now make trainers designed for dance and indoor fitness where ease of movement is important. These trainers have pivot points (Reebok call it a ‘Turnzone’) on the sole, underneath the ball of the foot, making all those sliding movements and twists and turns much easier, putting less stress on the ankles and knees. Reebok’s Upurtempo and Quick Motion are reasonably priced options, while their Hayasu and Guresu trainers are also a popular choice for dance fitness.
If you take part in lots of dance fitness classes and want to invest in a good pair of trainers designed specifically for dancing, Bloch have lots of good options. Split sole dance trainers offer good flexibility, while jazz shoes are really lightweight and comfortable, but these don’t always offer enough support (particulary arch support) for a fitness class. Bloch Element and Omnia are good full-sole trainers but a little pricier than most. You may be able to find a few of the older versions such as Apex and Traverse in the sale. Bloch also offer high top options if you need a little more support around the ankle, although personally I find these a bit bulky to dance in and prefer the low versions. Just be careful with Bloch dance trainers if you’re new to this type of footwear, as the ‘spin spot’ on the sole is very smooth which can make turning and sliding almost too easy to begin with and they take a bit of ‘wearing in’.
Onto my absolute favourites, official Zumba footwear is by far the comfiest I’ve found for dance fitness classes. They are a bit on the pricey side but my trusty old Zumba Air Lo trainers actually feel like slippers! Zumba have plenty of choices (lots of incredibly colourful ones and some a little tamer!) but I definitely recommend the ones with ‘air technology’ as these offer maximum protection for impact.
What shoes should I not wear for a dance fitness class?
Most trainers will be absolutely fine, but I would advise against wearing trainers designed specifically for running as they can often have too much grip on the soles, making them more difficult to dance in, limiting your movements and putting more stress on the joints when turning, twisting and sliding. This can result in aches and pains or even injuries. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway), please don’t wear trainers that are uncomfortable, don’t offer enough support, rub and cause blisters, are too big or too small. It’s really important to look after your feet so you can keep dancing!
This article contains my personal opinions and is not in collaboration or sponsored by any of the brands mentioned. I do not receive any commission on any footwear you may choose to purchase.
Featured image: ‘en Joy dance fitness. Yes I own all of those shoes. But in my defence I only own a single pair of heels!