Tips How 2 Select Correct Dance Shoes!
Aspects to consider buying dance shoes:
The soles of dance shoes are one of the most critical factors to consider when purchasing dance shoes. If the sole has too much or too little grip this could result in a twisted knee or ankle. When the soles of the shoes grip the surface area too much it causes strain on the legs and feet. Having too much resistance in the sole makes turns and twists very difficult and can result in a trip to the emergency room if one is not careful. The same can result from having dance shoes that do not have enough grip on the soles. If a dancer wears a shoe that has too little grip it can result in leg and muscle strains and slips and falls.
Several dance shoes are highly recommended that will provide the correct amount of resistance in the sole needed to avoid injury on the dance floor. Softly brushed leather or hard plastic rubber or hard skin soles with the option of additional grips are all acceptable variations of dance shoes that will provide great support and deter injuries. These types of soles can be found in many brands with variation in cost. The crucial aspect is that one these soles are incorporated in the shoe that one purchases for dance.
Soft rubber and hard plastic rubber soles should be avoided. One way to test to see if the sole of the shoe is too soft is to use the thumb. Push the thumb into the sole of the shoe and if the sole gives even the smallest amount the sole is too soft. The best way to check to see if the soles are too hard is to run on a strong/hard surface and see if you slide when trying to stop. If hard plastic soles are used, they need to have adequate grip in order to prevent the sliding effect.
Mens dance shoe flexibility is important! Hard or soft uppers - the toes of the shoes must bend easily. This allows for a more comfortable dance shoe. If shoe does not bend, dancing will become big and unpleasant struggle.
Womens dance shoes should fit properly and not slid off the heel to easily and slip on dance shoes is not appropriate. A woman needs a closed heel shoe if possible unless the open heel dance shoe has a strap to keep the shoe in place properly and prevent blisters and calluses. If a strap is not in place, the possibility arises for injury due to stepping off the heel while dancing.
Open heels are not recommended just because they can cause balance concerns and stability while dancing.
Heel height can vary from shoe to shoe. Women should stick with the height they are accustomed to dancing in. If a dancer must wear a dancing shoes with a different heel height it should not be more than half an inch more than the dancer is accustomed to wearing. In some forms of dance a two and three inch heel height is used to aid in the stretch, turns and spins on the dance floor.