Dance shoes come in many different styles, colors, and materials. When choosing your type of dance shoes it is important to take these three things into consideration: style of dance, dancers’ experience, and the preference of the dancer. The four most popular styles of dance shoes are; ballet shoes, jazz shoes, ballroom shoes, and exotic dance shoes.
Ballet slippers come in four different styles and in a range of colors. Shoes made from canvas are less expensive, the material is easier to clean and can be dyed easily. Canvas shoes do not have as much grip on the dance floor as the leather styles have. Leather shoes cost more upfront but will last longer than canvas shoes. The soft leather will mold to the dancers feet creating a shoe that feels custom fit. The soles on the bottom of the shoe come in two different styles; split sole and full sole. Split sole shoes let the dancers’ foot have more flexibility where full sole shoes do not. The last style of dance shoe is ballet pointe shoes. Pointe shoes allow a dancer to remain on their toes for an extended amount of time.
Jazz shoes are made from soft flexible leather that will mold to the dancers feet for comfort and stability. Soles of the shoes come in two different materials leather and tennis shoe material. Jazz shoes come in a range of styles and colors. Dancer’s preference will determine what style is best.
Ballroom shoes apply to many different styles from salsa to the waltz. Most all of the styles require a small heel. When choosing your style of shoe it’s important to take heel height into consideration. Beginner dancers should start with a short heel and work their way up as they experience improves. Choosing heels with a strong ankle strap is crucial to avoid injury or letting the shoe fall off.
Exotic dance shoes are for dancers who perform in the adult entertainment industry. There are a wide line of shoes made just for these types of dancers. The main difference in this style of shoe is heel height. The heels on exotic dance shoes can go as high as 8 inches. This height helps give the dancer a platform to work with and makes their legs appear longer.
Not all dancers like to wear shoes while dancing. Barefoot is also acceptable when performing and practicing. If the dancer wants the look of being barefoot but needs the protection of a shoe, there is a variety of shoes on the market that cover only the sole. Another style has a small strap that runs across the top of the foot and down the middle of the sole; it has leather pads covering the sold and the heel.