Choosing The Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

If you are going to try ballroom dancing, it matters to have the right kind of shoe. Street shoes are different from ballroom shoes since ballroom requires different movements that can be taxing on the body.

If you look at ballroom dance shoes, it may look the same as everyday casual footwear that you take to the office, for example, to the untrained eye, women’s ballroom dancing shoes may look the same as a set of standard high heels. But in reality, there’s a huge difference; these have been made with better precision by the heel to support the weight of the dancer. This makes it easier to maneuver in ballroom dancing shoes than your typical fashion heels.

Given the importance of having the right footwear whilst performing, what are the things that you need to consider?

The Dance Style

Man and Woman Dancing In BallroomIf you will be purchasing some ballroom shoes, it is always a good idea that you find the type of dance that you plan to sign up for. For example, are you going to dance the cha cha? Or maybe you are going to dance the tango? Regular ballroom dances include quickstep, foxtrot, and waltz. On the other hand, you have the Latin Dances that include the cha cha, pas odoble, and rumba.

Different footwear are constructed differently for various types of dances. To make sure that you get the most of your purchase, try to consider which classes you plan to take.

Correct Sizing

Fit and the sizing should be perfect for dancing. It is imperative that there’s not too much space inside your shoe. It should also not constrict movement. It is important that you can move around freely and comfortably using the footwear. Typically, the shoe sizes are the same as regular street footwear. However, if you have narrow or wide feet, ask the manufacturer if you have to go down or go up in size.

Choosing The Right Soles

If you are going to pick the right ballroom shoes, it is important to take into consideration the sole. Soles are responsible for allowing dancers to do turns and other moves without injury on their knees and ankles. It provides just enough traction without compromising the movement that has to be executed during the dance routine.

Among popular options include suede and leather soles. There are also some ballroom shoes today that make use of hard plastic or polyurethane with additional grooves to promote grip on the dance floor.

As rule of thumb, it is important that you avoid ballroom shoes that make use of soft rubber. If you can press your thumb down on the sole, this isn’t a great choice. This type of design may constrict your spins and other movements. On the other hand, the same goes for hard rubber. This kind of material used on soles may not give your feet enough traction.


A couple enjoying a romantic danceBallroom dancing shoes, especially for men, are known for being a bit stiff. It is important that it can still bend somewhat which will allow the feet to move. One of the most effective ways to determine if the shoe is stiff is to check the base and the sole. If this part of the shoe is stiff, it doesn’t matter if the upper is made of soft materials.

Open Shoes For Women

One of the most popular designs today for women’s ballroom dance shoes is a more open type design. It’s understandable that it does look good, not to mention it offers better ventilation on your feet. However, keep in mind that it should have good straps to ensure that they stay attached to your feet during the dance routine. However, be sure that the shoes have the right fit since ill-fitted open shoes can lead to blisters.


No matter how durable your shoe is, it is imperative that you look at the maintenance requirements for increased longevity. When it comes to ballroom dancing shoes, it is required that you clean the soles regularly. How easy or how hard is it to clean the soles? Does it need special cleaning liquids?


Though it isn’t the only thing that you have to consider, this should always be something that you should look into. For a lot of beginners and aspiring dancers, they probably can’t buy the most expensive pair yet. However, it is important that the shoe is going to give you the best value for your money. Often the most expensive are better quality and tend to last longer.


Buying a pair of the best ballroom dance shoes shouldn’t be complicated. Though there are a lot of products in today’s market, you can pick the right one once you do the right amount of research and if you use the tips that we’ve mentioned.

Joanne Lindsay

Joanne is a fun loving part-time Nurse and Zumba Instructor.

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