Tips for Buying the Right Ballroom Dancing Shoes

Tips for Buying the Right Ballroom Dancing Shoes

Ballroom dancing is incredibly graceful, and ballroom dancers are known for their intricate footwork and skillful moves. But this is impossible if they aren’t wearing the right shoes. Have you ever seen a professional ballroom dancer with sneakers on the floor? Never! A ballroom dancer is incomplete without proper ballroom dancing shoes.

Tip#1: Don’t buy regular dancing shoes for a ballroom dance

Many people may be unaware of the fact that there is a significant difference between regular dance shoes and ballroom dance shoes. The difference is in their ‘soles.' You will notice that ballroom shoes will have a smooth, suede sole. The reason for this is that it allows the dancer to glide effortlessly on the floor and with sufficient grip. Also, ballroom shoes are built to be highly flexible because it allows the dancers to show off their dance techniques through movement.

Tip#2: Styles and colors of ballroom dance shoes for women

Women can choose from a variety of different colors and styles when looking to buy ballroom dancing shoes, particularly for performances. For a woman, the typical ballroom dance shoe will have a ‘closed toe.' The heel will be medium or moderately high. For class and practice purposes, students usually wear neutral colors like black, beige or white but for performances, a woman should ideally wear skin-colored or tan ballroom dance shoes as this will help in extending the length of her leg and keep undue attention away from her feet.
Remember that Latin dances have slightly different footwear than Waltz, Fox Trot, and other traditional ballroom style dances. The shoes designed for Latin dances such as Cha Cha Cha or Rumba are open toed. The Latin dance shoes have a slightly thinner heal than the shoes used for Ballroom dancing.  

Tip#3: Styles and colors of ballroom dance shoes for men

The typical men’s ballroom dance shoes flat-heeled lace-up oxfords. The Latin dancing shoes for men are almost the same as the standard ballroom dance shoes with the exception that have an inch or inch and half heel. Men’s ballroom dancing shoes are black in color.

Tip#4: Ensure a perfect fit

When you try on a pair of ballroom dancing shoes for the first time, ensure that they are a snug fit and there is no excessive pressure. This way you will be able to enjoy maximum control even when they get a little worn out. You could even go half a size smaller when buying your ballroom dance shoes.