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What Shoes To Wear For Zumba Dancing

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
What Shoes To Wear For Zumba Dancing

As with any physical activity, choosing the right shoes for Zumba is very important, to reduce the risk of injury and to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Zumba combines different types of dance with aerobics and can be quite an intense workout. Suitable footwear will allow you to keep your feet comfortable and protected as they move quickly to to the rhythm. For more information, keep reading this OneHowTo article on what shoes to wear for Zumba dancing.

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Steps to follow:


Shoes for Zumba dancing must be light so that you can move effortlessly across the dance floor without weighing you down.


The ideal footwear for Zumba should provide good lateral grip and support. When you go to buy your shoes for Zumba, this is one of the major factors you should consider.

What Shoes To Wear For Zumba Dancing - Step 2

Cushioning is another aspect that you need to bear in mind. When dancing, feet are constantly exposed to high impact and footwear should have enough cushion to absorb this.

When purchasing Zumba dancing shoes you should make sure your foot has plenty of space so your finger don't cramp up when dancing.


The sole of the shoes should be flatter to avoid too much resistance when sliding your feet across the dance floor. Regarding the sole, you need to make sure that these are split. Split soles are perfect for dancing as they increase flexibility in your feet.


Zumba will leave your feet hot and sweaty so choose breathable footwear that will contribute in getting rid of humidity caused by sweat.

What Shoes To Wear For Zumba Dancing - Step 5

There are special brands of sneakers or shoes that are specifically designed for dancing. These will probably be your best option and include brands such as Ryka and Bloch. You'll be able to find them in specialized shops and some gyms.

However, there are also mainstream brands such as Nike or New Balance that also make shoes specifically designed for dancing. If you choose these, make sure they fulfill all the requirements mentioned above and ask the shop assistant for advice if you don't know where to look for specialized sneakers.

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  • Consult your instructor for further advice on the best shoes to wear when dancing. He/she will give you advice on the best shop to purchase your Zumba shoes.
  • Make sure you use them at least 20 minutes before the class starts as you will notice that your feet will need to adapt to the new shape of your shoes.
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