For Latin-loving, dance crazy, party people, Zumba is a great way to wiggle and jiggle you into shape while having a great time. In fact, Zumba’s addictive rhythms can get even nondancers inspired to do a little hip wiggling on the floor. Young or old, experienced or a Zumba novice, anyone can have a go, burning calories and whooping it up in an hour long sweat fest. However, it is important to make sure that your greatest Zumba assets—your feet—are protected at all times so that the party can keep going as long as you want it to, and that’s why choosing the right Zumba shoes is vital.
Choosing the right footwear is not as easy as it might seem. There are lots of different variables to take into consideration when shopping for Zumba shoes. Firstly, grip is very important. Too much grip and you will find spinning and twisting almost impossible, and you also run the risk of injury. Too little and you could find yourself slipping and sliding all over the place. Dance sneakers often have a good level of grip.
Trainers with a spin-spot are a great choice for Zumba because the spin-spot means you can turn and twist with ease, reducing the grip under the ball of the feet. To check if your trainers have this feature, look for a circle embedded into the sole. A split-sole, where the sole of the trainer is in two sections—one front, one back—gives greater flexibility if arching and pointing is more your thing. Support is another thing to think about: with all that leaping around, the impact on your heels can be considerable, so think about getting trainers with some shock absorption in the soles.
Ultimately, much depends on your own personal style, the type of feet you have, and how much Zumba you do, but if you bear these things in mind when choosing your Zumba shoes, you should make the right choice and be ready to party.