How should my dance shoes fit?
For Ballroom Latin and Salsa dance shoes
For ease of movement, preventing injury and to care for your feet long term, a correctly fitting dance shoe is so important.
You shoes should fit as snuggly to the foot as possible without causing pain or discomfort. A good fitting shoe should feel as though it is part of your foot, there should be no gap between your heel and the back of the shoe and the sole should support the arch of your foot. There should be no movement of the foot within the shoe as this will only cause rubbing and can put pressure on the ends of the toes in a closed toed shoe as the foot slides forwards.
The length of the shoe will vary according to the style. For example in a closed toe ladies shoe and in men’s shoes the foot should have enough room so that the toes can lay straight and do not touch the end of the shoe. In an open toed shoe this is quite different as the toes should come as far to the very end of the sole as possible, meaning most dancers can go down a size in open toed shoes- just make sure the shoe is supporting the arch of you foot in the correct place!
For wide feet- There are a number of styles which cater for a wider foot for example Amethyst. Shoes with adjustable front buckles can also be useful- see Olivia. Please contact us for further advice.
For narrow feet- The Nicola is a particularly good shoe for especially narrow feet. Shoes with adjustable front buckles like Olivia can also be useful. Insoles or pads can also be used in some dance shoes. Please contact us for further advice.
For narrow heels- Make sure the widest part of your foot is well supported as heel grips can often be used to pad out the back of the shoe.
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