Finding Jazz Shoes Made Easy

Jazz shoes are the most common type of dancing shoes that you can buy on the market. However, it can be quite daunting to choose from the many brands and their products that are available today. In reality, choosing the right pair shouldn’t be such a difficult task. Jazz dance shoes are made for high-intensity movements and have been developed due to necessity. This is the reason why it needs to be a flexible footwear that allows mobility in different dance floor surfaces.

For starters, the Jazz dance shoes first made their appearance in the US in the early 1900s. They are quite different from tap and ballet types. They were made to be flexible, but still retain the shape of the typical shoe, whereas tap dancing shoes tend to be more stiff, and ballet shoes are extremely lightweight and flexible. What makes it popular today is the fact that Jazz sneakers can be used for different kinds of routines ranging from hip hop to acrobatics. In this article we discuss ways in which to choose a decent pair for your dance class and routines, looking at material, design, structure and so on.

Choose The Material

A girl wearing leather jazz shoesThe first thing that you must consider especially if buying Jazz shoes for beginners is the kind of material you want. The best Jazz shoes should be breathable considering the fact that you will most likely be doing activities that can get hot to your feet. One great option that you can go for is durable leather. This option can be comfortable and durable at the same time. However, if you are looking for an alternative that is less expensive for your budget, you can stick to canvas. Canvas is a very breathable fabric, though much less durable, meaning you will have to change them every couple of months especially if you dance often.

Design And Style

Different brands will have different designs. Many Jazz dance shoes look like your everyday slip-ons, but there are also those that look like sandals whilst others resemble minimalist ballet pointe shoes. These are most likely to stay in your backpack and only worn in class. Jazz sneakers on the other hand resemble athletic shoes but usually with a split sole, but can be worn outside due to the more durable and weather-proof design. If opting for sneakers, you will want to choose one that has a breathable mesh, especially if you are perspiring a lot. This makes sure that your feet stay fresh even during intense dance routines.


In order to avoid injuries, you also want to consider the sole for traction. Rubber soles are popular because it is highly versatile and can be used for different surfaces. It can also absorb the impact of your feet, ultimately allowing you to perform well for hours whilst keeping you safe.

If you have certain conditions such as plantar fasciitis or you experience heel pain, it is a good idea that you choose something that has a shock absorbing heel. These are meant for routines that require high impact dance moves whilst reducing foot pain. Alternatively, perhaps consider inserting custom orthotics where necessary.

Also, although split sole are good for ease of moves and flexibility, one reason why full sole variants are still popular is because of the fact it offers support on the dancer’s arch which can lessen the discomfort by the heel area. In addition to this, it also lasts longer than your typical split sole Jazz shoes.

When choosing the type of sole, it makes perfect sense to also consider the studios dance floor surface. If you find yourself practicing regularly at a dance studio with vinyl floor, suede sole should be a valid option.

Consider Your Skill Level

Another important consideration that you have to make when buying Jazz shoes is your overall experience. If you are just a beginner, it is a good idea to stick to those that are flat or with small heel rubber sole. The split sole version is more reserved to those who are already dancing for quite some time, and are used for advanced dance steps such as high kicks and spins.


Lastly, you want to always consider a shoe that is aesthetically appealing. Consider the performance that you are going to do. Are you going to perform on stage with suit and tie? For this scenario, you might want to avoid cheap Jazz shoes and opt for something smarter like lace-ups. Anything used just for practice can be something that looks like a casual shoe or slip-on style which are available at a lower price.

Choosing the best Jazz shoes requires careful consideration based on your needs, expertise, and preference. Be sure that you compare similar products as well in order to get the best footwear for your dance routines.

Joanne Lindsay

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

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