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, Roch Valley RV801. Werner Kern shoes are wider than most but the comfort range provides extra width for those who need it. Shoes with adjustable front buckles can also be useful- see Leona. Rummos shoes can be ordered in wider width fittings (2-3 week delivery) please contact us for further advice.
For narrow feet- Rummos shoes are particularly good for narrow feet. Their standard width fitting is narrower than most but if you have extra narrow feet then we can order in the narrow width (2-3 weeks delivery) . Shoes with adjustable front buckles like Leona can also be useful. Insoles or pads can also be used in some dance shoes to prevent the foot from sliding forwards in the shoe, the Bunheads Gel Metarsal Pads are particularly useful for this . 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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