“What kind of shoes do I wear for Zumba?”
It is the most popular question I am asked, and it is one of the hardest to answer!
Every foot is a little different…therefore…what my feet love…your feet may NOT love…and vice versa.
So – here are some suggestions (and of course, my favorite shoes for Zumba).
But PLEASE… let YOUR feet do the talking!
If you are dancing in a shoe that doesn’t work for Zumba, it can make the difference between an awesome or a not-so-awesome Zumperience. (People stop dancing because of bad shoes!)
Yes, they really do make that MUCH of a difference!
Remember to ask yourself these important questions:
- Do these shoes really fit?
- Do I need an insole? (Or should I add one for extra support?)
- How much traction is there on the floor we’re dancing on?
- How much sliding/turning will I be able to do in these shoes?
- Are these lightweight enough for Zumba?
So, today’s blog is devoted to feet.
1. Nike Zoom Trainer Essential II – (My FAVORITE shoes…these are the shoes I wear…in black, in hot pink, in lime green…)
I purchased these shoes (in black) the day before I did my instructor training. What luck! I knew I needed to have something with less grip (for turning), but I also wanted something lightweight. This was the shoe! I found everything I was looking for…plus the shoe was made of mesh-like material, so it literally breathes (less stink!) After I fell in love with these, I ended up finding them in various colors at a Nike outlet. More great luck!
So where can you find these shoes? I recently found these on ebay, Buy.com, Zappos.com, Shoes.com, Amazon.com, etc. And the price is right ($30 and up) if you can find your size! I’m scared to promote these shoes, because I know that someday I won’t be able to get them. Maybe it’s time to stock up!
(*These shoes run about 1/2 size smaller; I normally wear an 8 but buy them in 8.5.)
2. Zumba Shoes – Z Kickz by Zumba Fitness
“What about the official Zumba shoes?”
I purchased the official ZumbaFitness shoes – twice – and twice I stopped wearing them. They worked great on carpeting at the Zumba Convention, but I felt like they had little support. I did love how easy it was to turn in these shoes. They were very lightweight… not to mention…cute to look at. Maybe these just don’t work for my feet? I know a lot of instructors who swear by these shoes (and they have great ratings on the Zumba website – 82 reviews and 4.4. out of 5 stars)…and yet, I know a lot of instructors that feel the same way I do and don’t wear them.
Where can you find these shoes? On the official website for Zumba (zumba.com). These shoes will cost around $75 plus the $8.50 shipping on their website.
Zumba has also created a new shoe called the Zumba Z – Top.
3. Nike Musique IV
I had these. I tried them on. I sold them to another instructor who loves them. I liked my other shoes better, and I knew I would never wear them. I just found these on Zappos.com for $47.99. Nike also has different versions of the Musique shoe that you may love.
4. Other shoes your feet may love for Zumba…
Reebok Zigs (below)
New Balance (below)
Companies like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Ryka, etc. focus on shoe technology.
That’s not saying that Zumba Fitness doesn’t…I don’t know because I don’t work in their Home Office or Footwear Department.
Personally, I feel a little safer spending time dancing in shoes that come from a company that focuses on feet. This is just my opinion.
Whatever your decision may be…you can make your shoes last longer:
- Don’t wear your shoes outside. Wear them only when in class. (Carry your shoes in a bag and then change them once you get indoors.)
- Buy more than one pair and alternate shoes.
- Always wear socks with your shoes.
- Use an athletic insole.
- You can wash your shoes in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Let them air dry.
Happy Feet = Happy Dancers!