Top 5 Best Shoes For Club Dancing Reviews In 2022

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I’ve recently discovered that there are now classes that teach you how to dance in a club. They teach Rhythm, Coordination of MOVEMENTS and even simple steps and routines you can then perform.

It feels amazing to see that people actually care about the way they dance when they go to a PARTY.

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It means the society offers more and more attention the art I’ve dedicated my life to and I just LOVE that.

However, I honestly appreciate any human being that moves along to the music they hear.

It doesn’t matter whether they seem like they came from a Bolshoi rehearsal or as if they lost all control over their limbs.

If they are having FUN, they got it.

That’s the beauty of dance.

Even if I believe you can be as loose as you want on the dance floor, when it comes to the shoes you choose to wear there, there are a few tips you might want to consider before going to the club and dancing all night long.

That’s the case unless you like going barefoot after the first hour or two, which happened to me way too many times.

Especially if you are known to be a dancer in your GROUP, you kind of need to live up to your friends’ expectations, so giving up your beloved dance shoes for a pair of street ones, may not be a good idea.

So after a few failed nights in the club, I decided to stick to my professional dance performing shoes.

#1: Ellie Shoes Women’s 254 Lucille Dress Pump

A super affordable, yet much appreciated model, the 254 Lucille Dress Pump by Ellie, is a good CHOICE for your club nights.

The upper is made of 100% satin and oh, yes, I love satin.

The Vintage inspired look with its cute sculpted heel comes straight from the roaring ‘20s and is ready to rock the new ‘20s, a CENTURY later.

The leather and rubber sole offers good grip to the floor while facilitating pivots and slides, even after way too many hours in the club and way too many drinks – please remember to drink responsibly though.

The closed round toe box is very comfortable, as it doesn’t keep your toes too tightly together.  This prevents the nightmare of ingrown nails to happen to you.

The T-strap design keeps the pumps secured to your feet so you won’t lose them on the dance floor, while the adjustable ankle strap allows you to fit them as you please.

The one-piece shank offers the adequate support and light cushioning for a comfortable experience. They are available in sizes 5 to 11 (US), medium width.

Pros

  • They are flexible, comfortable and stable, while adding a refined vintage air to my outfits.
  • They are very affordable.
  • They feature a closed toe box which I prefer when going out in crowded places. People tend to step on my toes for some reason and I need to protect them as much as I can.
  • Also, they’re made of satin and I absolutely love satin, as I mentioned before.

Cons

  • They’re a medium to wide in width, so people with narrow feet may find them a bit difficult to fit them.
  • I could only find them in black with no other colour option.

#2: Jr. Footlight character shoe by capezio

Salvatore Capezio, born in 1871 in Muro Lucano in Italy, was a cobbler with a dream.

He moved to the United States and when he was only 17 years old and soon he opened a shoe repair shop near the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

When the opera star Jean de Reszke needed a new pair of shoes URGENTLY, Salvatore put his creative ideas into practice and made his first pair of shoes.

The result was amazing, do he soon became the official shoemaker for the Metropolitan Opera House.

Huge names in the industry started to notice him and to fall in love with his work.

The great world-class ballerina Anna Pavlova bought herself and her company pointe shoes made by Capezio.

Later on, he designed a special pointe shoe named after her…

..And the history goes on until today when we can BENEFIT from Capezio’s courage and determination to create high quality footwear for his beloved dancers.

With no further introduction, the next three recommendations come from the one and only, Capezio brand.

The first one is the Jr. Footlight Character Shoe, with an overall score of 4.7 out of 5, based on 84 reviews on Capezio’s official website.

The shoe features a soft PU leather upper and a non-slip leather wrapped 1.5” heel, that offers great stability.

They are very COMFORTABLE thanks to the soft microfiber lining that prevents extra sweaty feet and to foam padded foot bed that will take care of your tired plantar region.

The shoe can’t slip off as the slim leather strap with its buckle secures it to your feet.

You won’t have to worry when the DJ’s playing your favourite tune, so you immediately have to run straight to the dance floor and fully enjoy it.

I don’t know about you, but there are SONGS I just can’t RESIST.

The model is compatible with two of Capezio’s signature accessories the Tele Tone® toe and Duo Tone heel taps, if you wish to add them.

The shoe also features an Achilles notch which is designed to reduce pressure on the Achilles tendon – less pain, less blisters.

The closed toe and sides minimizes the damage you are likely to take when your fellow party people step on your feet.

They are available in whole and half sizes ranging from 4 to 12 (US), narrow, standard and wide models.

In terms of chromatics, you can choose between a black and a caramel shade. Moreover, the same model is available with a slightly higher heel, measuring 2”.

Pros

  • They have all the qualities of a good dance shoe, while looking just as great and elegant as a street one.
  • They have a scored leather sole, so it won’t be a problem if you wear them on the street, on the way to and from the club. They’ll take it just fine.
  • Even with all the history and craftsmanship that went into making them, they are still affordable.
  • The soft lining absorbs sweat, keeping your feet dry all night long.

Cons

  • I would have preferred a slightly thinner heel.
  • Like always, I would prefer genuine leather instead of PU leather, as it makes footwear a lot more durable.

#3: Social dance – Eva 2″ Heel by capezio

The second Capezio creation that made it to my top is the Social Dance Eva model. It comes with an ELEGANT PU leather upper, open on the sides.

The insole is cushioned using a single layer of memory foam and the edges are folded, while the collar is padded. This triad of elements makes them very comfortable to wear for hours and hours of fun.

The cross ankle straps and the open toe box put an emphasis on the feminine lines of your feet, giving you that confidence boost you need on the DANCE FLOOR.

The ½ shank is reinforces for extra flexibility – you can easily do all your sneaky dance tricks now. The 2” flared heel is stable, yet elegant, without the usual chunky look of high-support dance heels.

They are available in whole and half sizes ranging from 5 to 11 (US). The brand suggests you start with the street size.

In terms of colours, they made your choice easy: it will be black.

Pros

  • They are a more elegant version of dance shoes, especially created for ballroom dance.
  • The extra-supportive shank comes in handy if you plan on dancing until dawn.
  • The Achilles notch actually works. I’ve never experienced pain and blisters in that area while wearing Capezio shoes with this feature.
  • They show off your pedicure.

Cons

  • The open toe box makes me feel a lot more vulnerable about my toes getting stepped on.
  • Like always, I would prefer genuine leather instead of PU leather, as it makes footwear a lot more durable.

#4: Cassie Character Shoes 830 by capezio

Finally, the last Capezio in my top is the Cassie Character Shoe 830. It features a durable leather upper, with closed sides and a closed toe box.

The cushioned memory foam insole offers extra support to the heel and ball of the foot – the points where we put the most PRESSURE when dancing.

The single slim ankle strap with its buckle secures the shoe to your foot, while gently shaping your ankle.

The heel measures 2”, but the model is also available with a 1.5” heel in case you want to go lower.

Capezio also manufactures this model as a version for children. They’re that easy to wear.

They are available in whole and half sizes ranging from 4 to 12 (US), medium and wide models. You can choose between black and caramel models.

I personally prefer the black one as it is easier to match them with your outfits.

Pros

  • They are a very simple, practical, yet elegant option.
  • They are affordable.
  • The memory foam helps a lot if you choose to go out after a tiring week at work.
  • They have a closed toe box and you already know how much I like those.

Cons

  • The colour scheme is scarce and I don’t like when my options are limited.
  • The heel looks a little chunky.

#5: Veronika (031 E) Shoes By Aida Dance

The last (but not the least) shoe that made its way into my top is Veronika 031E model by Aida Dance.

With almost three decades spent REFINING the design for dance footwear, Aida Dance Shoes is another brand that I like.

The model I chose features an upper made of satin, with open sides and a closed toe box and a delicate T-strap that gently secures the shoe to your foot.

Other than this, you can customize almost everything about them. You can choose from a 2” or 2.5” Flare or Slim Heel. The toe can be square or round depending on the way you like it best.

I usually prefer the round one as it gives me a little more FREEDOM of Movement. Even the sole colour is customizable: you can choose between a regular, red or black suede one.

You can also add heel protectors and replacements for the heel tips to your order. In case you want to go extra fancy, you can add rhinestones to your heels, so you could literally shine on the dance floor.

The size ranges from 4.5 to 8.5 (US) and the width can be extra-narrow, narrow, regular, wide and extra-wide.

Pros

  • They are the most sophisticated model on my list, perfect for more elegant occasions.
  • I love the fact that they are very customizable.
  • The strap is very delicate, emphasising the natural feminine lines of the foot and ankle.
  • Rhinestones!!! I love rhinestones!

Cons

  • With all the extra customized options, they can get pricey.
  • There seems to be less cushioning in the insole compared to the models I usually like wearing.

Veronika (031 E) Shoes By Aida Dance

Conclusion

Choosing the most comfortable, yet FASHIONABLE shoes for going out to the club can be a daunting task, but if done correctly it will ensure a night of full of dancing with no blisters and terrible leg pain in the morning.

Don’t forget the key elements:

  • Good cushioning
  • Sturdy heel
  • Breathable lining 
  • Peferably (but not necessarily) a closed toe box.

Other than that, put your diva attitude on, and rock the DANCE FLOOR!

And while you’re at it, share with us your most memorable ad-hoc club routines you’ve ever performed.

You definitely know what I’m talking about!

Apparently mine was pretty simple: headbanging to Du Hast by Rammstein for a while, then getting dizzy and ending my routine with a couple pirouettes and a (not so) graceful arabesque.

The metalheads in the club were truly IMPRESSED.

Or so I was told.

Top 4 Best Pole Dancing Shoes Reviews For 2022

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I have to confess I am a nerd. I’m fascinated by all sorts of trivia facts and I love history.

So of course, I’ll share with you what I’ve learnt about pole dancing (coupon code “sportsgratitude” for 10% discount).

Apparently, we can track its roots back to India, centuries ago. Its ancestor, the Mallakhamb was invented on the Asian continent and it was usually performed by men.

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They would perform acrobatic TRICKS using a vertical wooden pole.

Only much later, during the 1920s in America, the performers started to combine the pole dances with the burlesque shows and added to it the more seductive nature as we know it now.

Today, pole dancing is not only a form of ART, but a popular option for fitness classes and also a possible Olympic sport.

In 2017, the Olympic committee official recognised it as a sport. It now has a special observer status, but it will take a while until they officially include in the games.

However, there are lots of national and international championships you can attend across the world.

With its popularity increasing, more and more dancers want to give it a try.

I did and it’s great.

Very HARD, but GREAT.

And who knows, maybe among the people reading this hide the next Olympic medallists. It is thus important to learn about the right equipment we need in order to train safely.

#1: Adore 708 Sandals by pleaser USA

My favourite brand when it comes to pole dancing shoes is Pleaser USA.

Why?

They simply know their business and their customers and their products show it.

They lift you up and help you reach the SKY…

…I’m a short person and adding 7 inches to my actual height seems like that, alright?

The gorgeous Adore – 708 Pleaser Sandals are my number one choice as they COMBINE the functionality of a pole dance shoe with a bit of necessary eccentricity and seductive treats.

With a neat 4.7 score out 5 on Amazon, they convinced me too. I was also influenced by my dance teacher who loves and praises them a lot.

The heel is 178 mm (7”) which is not scandalously high compared to other models, so beginners could use them too, after a few training sessions of course.

However, Pleaser has models with a 5” and 6” inches heel in case you feel uncomfortable using these ones. The platform measures (70 mm) 2 ¾”.

The clear upper and ankle strap will keep the shoe secured to your feet which in this dance style is absolutely crucial.

The chrome plated bottom of this sandal gives it a burlesque air that I really like. The rubber sole provides you with the good GRIP you need.

They are available in sizes 5 to 14 (US) and the colour scheme includes purple, red, light pink, silver, teal and black.

I would recommend you to go half a size up your normal street shoes as the plastic the pole dancing ones are made hardly stretches.

Pros

  • Wearing them add sensuality and wildness to your moves which is exactly what you’re looking for when trying to pull off a difficult routine.
  • The combination of bright strong colours with the chrome plated bottom steals the show and adds glamour to your dance.
  • The high-volume of the bottom offers you stability, while the clear upper shows off your pedicure. Perfect combo!
  • They are not ultra-high like pole dance shoes tend to be, yet they still do the trick.

Cons

  • They are made of 100% synthetic materials, which may get your feet sweaty.
  • They may seem stiff and may cause blisters until your feet get used to them. My instructor used to encourage us to wear them with thicker socks around the house for a few days before taking them to rehearsals. You can also try to stretch them by warming them up with a hairdryer on low.

#2: Pleaser Women’s Delight – 1020 Boot

Ready to feel like a diva?

Pleaser Women’s Delight’s got your back.

This beautiful almost gothic-like pair of boots is designed to wake up the dark MYSTERIOUS goddess in every woman who tries them on.

The 6” (15.2 cm) stiletto heel makes them perfect for fairly experienced beginners and professionals alike. The platform measures 1 ¾” (4.5 cm).

The closure system relies on a lace-up upper that secures the boot to the ankle, doubled by a full inner side zipper that seals the deal.

The rubber sole offers really good grip to the floor and the pole itself which is very important during DANGEROUS routines. And yes, most pole dancing routines seem dangerous to me.

The lace-up upper is made of leather (or faux-leather in some models) which also gives good grip to the pole when climbing on it or clinging to it.

They are available in sizes ranging from 5 to 14 (US). In terms of colours (upper &bottom), you can choose from seven individual models, such as:

the Black & Black with Faux Leather, Black & Black with Leather, Black & Red Chrome, Black & Rose Gold, Red & Red, Rose Gold & Rose Gold or White & White.

Pros

  • The leather adds a wild, but elegant note to them, while proving really practical.
  • They are part of the 6” collection which makes them easier to wear and perform in (Pleaser goes up to the 10” collection).
  • I love the fact that I can style them to a gothic outfit.
  • The closure systems keep them very tight and secure to your feet.
  • They’re great of you feel like you have weaker ankles.

Cons

  • The fit is quite narrow which may be a problem for dancers with wider feet.
  • They are very tight, so you’ll more likely have to order a size-up.

#3: Pleaser Women’s Radiant – 708THG Ankle strap sandal

Another beautiful sandal model from Pleaser USA, the Women’s Radiant 708THG pair features a 7” (17.8 cm) heel – which is still high, but not impossible to wear – while their platform measures 3 ¼” (8.3 cm).

If you’ve ever WONDERED why the pole dancing shoes have their distinctive look, here’s a very detailed guide to the anatomy of a pole dance heel offered by PolePedia.

These sandals (just like all the Pleasers I’ve looked at) tick all the boxes in the guide: they have a

  • curved insole which protects your toes from injuries during floorwork,
  • Padded lining for a comfortable training or shoe performance an angled heel for support,
  • Angled toebox that allows for easier movement of the heel,
  • Curved outsole that facilitates movements such as rocking forward, turning and sliding, and
  • One-piece shank for extra-support and easier lifting from the floor.

They feature a clear patent upper and an ankle strap which keeps the shoe SECURED to your feet.

The textured holographic heel and platform is la piece de resistance of this model.

They look really cool and basically match any outfit. They come is sizes ranging from 5 to 10 (US).

Pros

  • Despite their high-volume, they are actually pretty lightweight.
  • Their design respects the right anatomy of a pole dancing shoe, without exception.
  • The holographic bottom makes them stand out and look great in the spotlight.

Cons

  • They are available in one single colour.

#4: Adore – 3028 by pleaser

As my fourth choice, I will go with an all-time favourite of mine, the ADORE 3028 Thigh High Boot.

Confession time: the gothic girl in me is overwhelmed while I write about this model and Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground just started PLAYING in my head.

For people who don’t know it, it starts like this:

Shiny, Shiny, Shiny boots of leather…

Back to the shoes now, they sport a 7” (17.8 cm) stiletto heel and a 2 ¾” (7 cm) platform. The upper features a lace-up closure for a better control of the tightness and a full side zipper.

The three buckles placed along the upper put an EMPHASIS on the shape of the leg, making it look even more seductive.

Those too respect the anatomy of a pole-dancing shoe, with all the key elements present:

  • The curved insole
  • Padded lining
  • Angled heel
  • Curved outsole and
  • The one-piece shank
  • Angled toebox

They are available in faux leather or patent (the shiny fabric which is actually leather coated in plastic) and both versions are black.

I would go for the patent one, as it OFFERS a better grip to the pole. The sizes range from 5 to 12 (US).

Pros

  • They emanate an extremely sensual and wild air and they give confidence to every woman who puts them on.
  • They are practical, as they will make your whole leg grip to the pole without hurting your skin.
  • I would personally wear them outside the context on pole dancing. They are great to sport with any metal or Goth outfit.

Cons

  • I’d like for them to be available in genuine leather.
  • I’d also love to see a red or white version of the exact model available in the Pleaser shop.

Top 5 Best Shoes for Dancing on Concrete Reviews For 2022

Best Shoes for Dancing on Concrete

If you’re not familiar with the dance world, the type of floor you DANCE ON may not seem like an important issue.

However, the impact of floors on dance injuries is highly important. According to Gary Wright, a National Australian Champion in Cycling and also a Flooring Technician for West Australian Ballet.

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The lack of absorption from the floor, combined with bad REPETIVE technique can lead to lots of injuries to your muscles, ligament and bones, leading to chronic pain and stress fractures.

On the Ballet Blog the expert talks about three elements that make a good floor:

  1. The underlying surface
  2. The covering and
  3. The MAINTENANCE of the surface.

For a more in depth explanation you can watch the interview with Gary below.

After we found out what a good floor looks like, let’s have a look at the worst of them all: concrete.

It is tough, it does not absorb shock and it turns the dancing experience into a more difficult one.

Your JOINTS will have to suffer from this the most…

So if you absolutely have to dance on a concrete floor you need to make sure you are best equipped to do so.

The shoes will make a huge difference to your ROUTINE.

#1: Reebok Floatride Energy 2

Reebok comes with a very good option if you plan in dancing on concrete.

The Floatride Energy 2 model will PROTECT your feet and joints with the innovative Floatride Energy Foam that is padding the foot bed.

 It provides a very comfortable cushioning, more efficiently than the standard EVA sole,  without adding weight to the shoe, keeping it LIGHTWEIGHT (272 g).

The model is also flexible making it easy to dance in, as it fit the foot like a sock.

The mesh upper is also very lightweight and allows your feet to BREATHER while keeping them dry.

They are designed for long distance running, so they are responsive on tough surfaces such as concrete, which will help you during your routine.

The model is available in four combinations of COLOURS you can choose from.

My favourite one for women is the True Grey, White and Vivid Orange combination...

While my favourite model for men is the Humble Blue, Fluid blue and Black one.

The size ranges from 7 to 13 (US). They are designed neutral pronation, with a high arch.

Pros

  • The Floatride Energy technology offers s great energy return, making it easier to deal with hard surfaces like concrete.
  • The foam padding protects the joints during jumps and rapid movements.
  • They are affordable.
  • The outsole seems durable, so they will prove to be a long term investment.
  • There are special deals for Reebok club members, so you may want to check out the offers.

Cons

  • The laces are a bit too short.
  • The mesh upper will make them impractical to wear on a rainy muddy day. So for example, if you have a flash mob scheduled outside, you may want to check the weather before you choose to wear this pair of shoes.

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#2: CrossFit Nano 8.0 Reebok Shoes 

Yet another model wearing Reebok’s signature is the CrossFit Nano 8.0 trainers.

With over 1400 reviews on Amazon and a score of 4.6 out of 5, they did CONVINCE me to give them a try on concrete.

Reebok has been working on this shoe, testing and redesigning it since 2010. CrossFit Nano 8.0 is a version that was born with the input of the CrossFit community and the dancers’ community can definitely benefit from it.

The Flexweave technology used on the upper is very breathable, keeping your feet DRY during training. This technology weaves fibres into a figure-8 which makes it durable, yet flexible.

The forefoot flex grooves also contribute to the flexibility of the shoe that will let you PERFORM any move you want. The low-cut design adds to mobility too.

The toe area is protected thanks to the Toe Tection design, so now’s the time for those Michael Jackson toe stands.

The model weighs 10 oz and it features a 4 mm drop. They are available in sizes ranging from 6.5 to 14 and in a very wide colour scheme.

If your size is out of stock, you can sign-up for a notification e-mail and they will let you know when they are available again.

Pros

  • They are very lightweight, yet they provide the appropriate support for your soles.
  • They are affordable compared to other high quality brands.
  • The Nano 8 Flexweave fits like a sock.
  • As it is designed for weightlifting, they are very stable, providing the right kind of balance for dancing in them.
  • You can pay them in 3 interest-free instalments.

Cons

  • The rainy weather may affect them, so you might want to reconsider wearing them on a rainy muddy day. Hopefully, none of your shows and flashmobs will actually happen on one of those days.
  • The design in very simple and functional, so if you want to attract attention with your new shoes, I’m not sure they will do the trick.

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#3: New Balance 997H

Coming straight from the ‘90s, these unisex shoes are made for the people who stayed COOL through the decades.

They seem to come straight out of an R n B music video, so be prepared to feel extra pumped when you put them on.

I honestly first chose them because of the nostalgic design. Then, they proved to be very functional when faced with one of my nightmares: the concrete floor.

They are a very agile model, featuring a thick EVA foamy midsole that CUSHIONS every move you make. You’re walking (dancing) on clouds.

They are very sturdy, so they will take your outdoor training just fine. The upper is made of a combination of mesh, suede and synthetic leather.

The GCEVA construction gives them an update compared to their predecessors that came out in 1991.

The colour scheme has so much to offer, so give yourself time to choose. You’ll have to pick out from combinations such as Castlerock with Peony or White with Laser Blue. They are available in sizes ranging from 8 to 14, standard width.

Pros

  • They are budget-friendly.
  • They bring back the 90s nostalgia, while living up to today’s comfort standards.
  • The colour scheme is absolutely crazy! I love it and if I could, I’d buy them all. Relax, I’m not a shopaholic. I just love colours.
  • They are easy to pull on using the pull tab at the heel.

Cons

  • Slim line design means they’re not suitable for wide feet
  • Can be difficult to put on due to slim size

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#4: New Balance 574 Core

With over 75 years of experience in manufacturing American footwear, New Balance has another option for dancers who need to perform on concrete floors.

The 574 Core iconic style features an ENCAP midsole technology that will SUPPORT your feet and joints, while keeping the shoe lightweight and easy to dance in.

The EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) offers the main protection against the hard concrete floor, making the midsole foamy, cushioning every step you take. The outsole is made of rubber, so it has good grip and it makes it more difficult for you to slip during pivots.

The upper is made of a combination of suede and breathable mesh that will keep your feet dry. In case you hate SWEATY feet like I do, this model has you covered.

They are available in sizes ranging from 5 to 12(US) with standard and wide models. You can choose from lots of colours such as Grey and White, Navy, Burgundy or Black.

If none of those satisfy your wishes, you get the chance to customize your own New Balance 574 Core model. You can choose your favourite colour, materials and SIGNAATURE details.

Pros

  • The custom-made idea is great. I love to be able to design my own shoes even if I have no skills to actually do it from zero.
  • They are very comfortable, yet lightweight.
  • The sock-like feel brings them closer to what I actually choose to wear during my indoor ballet classes.

Cons

  • There is no narrow model.
  • They will need to be broken in first.

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#5: Asics Gel Kayano 25

Here comes the most hardcore model on my list. If dancing on concrete is not just an exception to the rule for you and you actually have to do it on a REGULAR basis, you may want to take look at the Asics Gel Kayano 25.

They have models for both men and women, so you and your dance partner will be protected against concrete’s evil ways. That’s right! I really hate concrete floors.

Among runners’ favourites, this model is DESIGNED using the GEL KAYANO 25 technology that guarantees a comfortable training session.

The FLYTEFOAM system uses organic super fibres that provides a great energy return and resists compression, so you can jump on them as much as you wish.

They’ll take it.

Another innovative technology called FLUIDRIDE allows the midsole to gently cushion your feet while reinforcing the natural trajectory of your movements…

Going hand in hand with another signature system

AND The GEL technology, which reduces the impact with the floor, absorbing the shock, thus taking care of your joints.

The materials are seamless, protecting your feet from injuries on different high pressure points. The shoes fit like a sock thanks to the internal elastic sleeve that surrounds your foot.

The upper is KNITTED and inspired by the traditional Japanese kimono.

They also benefit from the I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) technology.

The HEEL CLUTCHING SYSTEM is also part of what makes these shoes a superior choice and it refers to the exoskeletal heel counter that offers supreme support.

The GEL-Kayano 25 is design for over-pronators, for low or flat foot arches.

Their size ranges from 6 to 16, but if your size is out of stock you simply sign up for a notification e-mail and they’ll let you know when it is available again.

You can choose from 11 colours and combinations, but I personally prefer the Cherry Tomato and Black one for ladies.

Pros

  • Asics loves to invest in their technologies and it shows. Among them, I looked into a very interesting one, the Guidance Trusstic System Technology which boosts gait efficiency and midfoot structural integrity. There’s so much to learn from the art and science of making this kind of shoes, I highly recommend you take your time and read about it. Absolutely fascinating stuff!
  • They are among the most comfortable shoes I have seen in this category and they prove to work very well on concrete.
  • They fit very well to the foot, without causing blisters.

Cons

  • They may be considered a serious investment.
  • They are very sturdy, thus they’ll need to be broken in first.

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Conclusion

No matter which shoes you will choose, you need to be prepared when attempting to dance on a concrete floor.

Never NEGLET the impact it can have on your joints and tackle it with great care and responsibility.

Stay safe, my fellow dancers, and if you WISH share with us the craziest places (and surfaces) you had to dance on.

I’ll start…I had to dance in a cobble stone cellar for a Halloween party in Transylvania.

Yes, Dracula was there too.

Top 5 Shoes for Line Dancing Reviews For 2022

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Howdy!

Are you more of a Madison or a San Francisco Stomp?

Or perhaps are you more of a Swamp Thang guy?

Or a Watermelon Crawl?

No, wait, I got you!

You can’t wait to do the CHICKEN DANCE. If you know what I’m talking about, you’re probably a hardcore line dancer and if you don’t, you might want to check this out.

You are missing out on some of the Hidden GEMS of the social dance world.

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Until now, the only connection I had with line dancing was through some medical articles I’ve come across that took into consideration the fact that this kind of social dance can improve memory and fight against the onset and EFFECTS of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.

I’ve only recently discovered the pure JOY of line dancing when I attended a wedding party in Phoenix, Arizona.

They did the Cupid Shuffle at some point and I totally LOVED it, so I started looking into it.

As a dancer, I am always interested in the style’s origins, history and influences, most famous performers, best suited music and obviously the best footwear for practicing it.

When it comes to line dancing the choice is pretty clear: country boots.

#1: Ariat Men’s Heritage Boots

With over three decades of experience in manufacturing high quality footwear, the Californian brand Ariat is committed to five core values that reflect in their high quality products:

  • Innovation
  • Quality
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork and
  • Respect

The name of the company comes from the Secretariat, the legendary race horse (yes, this is the real life horse that inspired the Secretariat character in BoJack Horseman) that was the 1973 Triple Crown WINNER.

Apart from this, Ariat is the first equestrian footwear to incorporate athletic footwear technologies in their boots.

So you know we sure that if equestrian athletes can use them in their field, then they will do very WELL on the dance floor too.

With a strongly developed culture for their craftsmanship, manufacturers at Ariat have their boots go through more than 150 steps during their construction, focusing on offering the durability and high performance that EVERYONE is looking for.

All their products are field-tested to endure their high quality and functionality.

The model I recommend you is the Ariat Men’s Heritage Boot.

It comes with the ATS® technology which equips the boot with additional gel-cushioning for shock absorption and stability, while keeping the feet dry thanks to the breathable foot bed.

The EVA midsole is also designed to REDUCE the shock and stress on your joints. The Duratread® technology makes the outsole slip-resisting, adding to its flexibility and durability.

The have an R toe which means they are tapered, but rounded at the tip.

The heels have stabilizers for EXTRA support and balance on the floor.

Regarding the design, these are some of the very stylish, carefully crafted boots that you can match with your cowboy outfit.

The full-grain leather shaft height is 13”, they are available in sizes ranging from 8 to 15 (US) and you can choose from narrow, medium or wide models. The colours available are brown and black.

Pros

  • After hours of research, they seem to be among the top models in the industry.
  • The high quality materials and craftsmanship are reflected in the long-term performance of the boot.
  • The ATS® technology ensures comfort for your feet, keeping them away from injuries.
  • They are very well suited for being worn outside, if you think of rocking the cowboy style off the dance floor, you can definitely use them to complete your outfit.
  • They are actually made for equestrian athletes, so they might just give you an incentive to take up riding classes.

Cons

  • They could seem like a large investment for a beginner who is not sure about the time he will spend practicing line dancing.
  • The colour scheme is limited to two colours.

FOR WOMEN:

FOR MEN:

#2: Ariat Dahlia Western Boot 

Ariat also makes premium footwear for ladies.  My recommendation is Ariat’s Dahlia Western boot.

As their website description states, these boots are made for dancing in. They come with a 9” long upper made completely out of full-grain leather with a BEAUTIFUL Floral Model embossed on it.

This D toe model benefit from the same ATS Technology, making them comfortable to wear and practice in. The MASTERFULLY sewn stitches and durable materials promise to stand the test of time.

They are available in a combination of brown tones or in all black and their size ranges from 6.5 to 12 (US), with the possibility of choosing between medium and wide models.

The manufacturer runs true-to-size and the product doesn’t need to be broken in.

Pros

  • The details on the upper and forefoot are very well done and they give these boots a unique personality which I am quite sure will attract lots of compliments on the dance floor.
  • The highly researched technologies that go into manufacturing these boots make the dancing experience a very comfortable one. Your feet and joints will probably appreciate your investment.
  • You can share the photos with your Ariat boots with the whole Ariat community by adding the #MYARIAT hashtag to your posts on social media.
  • The 52 reviews on the website, with an average score of 4.6 out 5 are extremely encouraging.

Cons

  • I wish the colour scheme offered more possibilities.
  • Again, these are high end riding boots, so they may seem like a big investment at the beginning of a line dancing adventure.

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FOR MEN:

#3: Laredo Women’s Cross point western boots

Laredo brand is one of the top choices among western style enthusiasts in the United States for over 45 years.

My favourite model from them is the Women’s cross Point Western Boot that would GRACEFULLY complete your cowgirl wardrobe.

They are tall boots with a 13” pull-on leather shaft featuring western embroidery, crafty stitches and stud details.

The cut-outs and underlays give this pair a very fashionable look, while the cushion insole makes them the right CHOICE for long hours on the dance floor.

The 1.5” cowboy heel adds to the stability of the boot and the synthetic outsole won’t let you slip and fall on the floor during your fancy turns.

Their size ranges from 6 to 10 (US) and they are available as a medium width model. The boots are a stylish light brown.

However, some reviews I read stated that they are darker than in the photos.

They are very durable as they are mostly designed to be worn outside and to endure to conditions that ranch chores would impose on them.

Pros

  • They are a long term versatile investment, as they seem very durable and could be worn outside the dance practice hours without damaging them.
  • The delicate embroidery shows craftsmanship and respect for details.
  • You can pay them in three interest-free payments.
  • Boot Barn, one of the online shops that sells them offers a profitable Loyalty Plan you might want to check out.

Cons

  • The only available colour for this model is brown. As a chromatics enthusiast, I’d like to have more options.
  • They could seem a little stiff at the beginning, so they need a breaking in period.

#4: Dan Post vintage bluebird leather boots

Dan Post Boots brand identifies itself with the motto Handcrafted Cushion Comfort.

With a history of over half a century, this manufacturer only works with the finest exotic skins and premium leathers, so you know what you will be paying for.

The model that caught my eyes is the Women’s Vintage Bluebird Leather Boot. It is absolutely GORGEOUS.

I am not usually a very big fan of cowgirl boots because I am short and they make me look even shorter, but these ones will make an exception.

I do not care how short I might look wearing them, the CRAFTSMANSHIP that went into creating them is all worth it. They seem like the canvas of a painter, not like a pair of boots.

They are made of distressed, tan leather and wonderful turquoise underlay and a few red spots on the upper shaft. The medium cowboy heel and rustic leather outsole will support you and add balance to your moves on the floor.

They are paired with a removable Soft Strike Orthotic for extra comfort and care for your feet and joints.

They are available in sizes ranging from 6 to 10 (US), medium width. Their height measures 11” and the circumference is 12 ½”.

Pros

  • It feels like you’re wearing a work of art.
  • You can pay for them in 4 interest-free instalments.
  • They are extremely comfortable and since they are designed for riding they would take adequate care of your dancer feet.

Cons

  • They are a serious investment, so you might need to take your time and save money to purchase them. I know I am. It was love at first sight and I can’t exactly resist them.

#5: Justin Men’s Ostrich Cowboy Boots

H.J.Justin & Sons are America’s celebrated cowboy boot makers continuing a HANDCRAFTING tradition dating back from 1879.

The model I believe men line dancers will appreciate is the exquisite Ostrich Western boots. This brown and dark green exotic model is absolutely stunning, made from smooth ostrich leather.

The 11” shaft is Kango Tobacco and it features CRAFTY turquoise embroidery that adds personality to the model.

The broad round toe keeps your feet comfortable together with the J-Flex technology insole that provides great energy return.

The Tekno Crepe outsole offers good grip to the floor and high durability. The block heel is sturdy and offers support and balance to your dance MOVES.

They are easy to pull on, as they feature overlay fluted pull straps. The size ranges from 8 to 13 (US) and you can choose from medium and wide models.

Pros

  • The exquisite ostrich leather is a premium material you can rarely find available on the market at such an affordable price.
  • The combination of colours is very elegant and will surely stand out on the dance floor.
  • The patented J-Flex technology is a comfort system designed especially to care for your tires soles and joints.

Cons

  • They are quite an investment and their purchase may require some planning beforehand.

Conclusion

Now go ahead, put on your favourite boots and blast Achy Breaky Heart as LOUD as you can. That will get you up and push you straight on the dance floor.

So tell us, what’s your favourite line dance?

I’ll start.

Mine is the Hoedown Throwdown!

Yeeeee hawwwww!

Top 4 Best Shoes for Dancing All Night Reviews In 2022

Best Shoes for Dancing All Night

I’ve recently read an article published in Scientific American about the bonds that dancing can CREATE between people.

It turns out that there are two KEY ways that make this happen:

  • Exertion and
  • Synchronicity

Your Guide

Alexandra Romanmi   Alexandra Romanmi

Apparently, dancing at social gatherings causes what scientists have described as blurring of the self into the groups people are surrounded by, thanks to the TENDENCY to synchronize with others – so you may be experiencing something close to the death of the ego.

Another hypothesis that could explain why dancing leads to BONDING between people refers to the release of hormones such as endorphins during intense physical exercise.

Whether it’s because of physical exertion or synchronicity, one thing is clear:

Dancing gets us closer to other human beings and it helps us become part of something bigger than ourselves. 

The conclusion is clear: You got to go dance all NIGHT LONG.

But when you do, make sure you choose the right shoes to accompany you!

There are three things you need to keep in mind when choosing the shoes you go out dancing with:

they need to be well secured to your feet (unless again, you want to play Cinderella and let Prince Charming know you’re in town), they need to have enough CUSHIONING and the heel has to be medium and sturdy.

I know we all love stilettoes, but they do not love us back. All they do is hurt us.

And who wants to get hurt when they go party? 

ABSOLUTELY NOBODY.

Here are a few affordable options for the times you want to go out and rock the dance floor:

#1: 2.5″ Heel Flex Character Shoes By Capezio

So here comes my number one recommendation for a comfy night out: Capezio!

Capezio is an old and famous dancewear manufacturer founded by Salvatore Capezio back in 1887 and the exact model I recommend for a night full of dance is the 2.5 “Heel Flex Character Shoe.

They are ELEGANT, so you can match them quite easily with your outfit, yet very comfortable thanks to a foam padded foot bed and a ¾ steel shank – the Capezio Signature Construction. Your feet will thank you.

The secure T strap with the buckle closure keeps the shoes tied to your feet, so you won’t lose them the first time someone steps on you on the DANCE FLOOR.

And we all know that happens a lot.

The upper and forefoot are made of leather and satin respectively, which to me seems like a very classy combination.

The sole is made of suede, so you might want to put them on once you actually got to the party, so the concrete on the street won’t damage them.

The toe box is round which is the shape I personally PREFER as the pointy ones favour the development of ingrown nails and dancers know best how much these can hurt.

As the name suggests the heel height is 2.5”, but there is also an identical model that features a 1.5 “heel, in case you want to be even comfier.

They are all black, so they will go with literally everything you choose to wear. The sizes range from 5 to 10.5 and the width can be medium or wide.

Pros

  • They are the kind of one time investment every woman should make for a comfy, yet classy night out.
  • They are affordable compared to other options and very versatile in terms of outfit matching.
  • The leather and satin combination is very elegant.
  • The foam padded foot bed makes them very comfortable to wear.

Cons

  • The sole is especially made for dance floors and it can get damaged on the street.
  • The colour scheme is limited to all black.

#2: Stelle 2.5″ t Strap Character Dance Shoes

Here comes a more affordable, yet very ELEGANT character shoe that you might like to take on your next adventure into the wild world of dance clubs.

With an Amazon score of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on more than 250 ratings, I present to you Stelle’s creation: the 2.5” T Strap Character Shoes.

They come from SUNNY California and feature a synthetic leather upper with a secure T Strap and a pin buckle.

The heel measures 2.5” and is thick and sturdy, offering the balance you’ll need after a few hours on the dance floor.

The inner lining is soft and breathable, yet comfortable thanks to the right amount of cushioning they were designed with.

They are flexible and do not need to be broken in. If you want even lower models, Stelle has a 1.5” and 2” heel versions available.

 The colours they are created in are black and tan. Their size ranges from 4 to 11(US), medium width.

Pros

  • They are very affordable.
  • The breathable lining helps your feet stay dry during party time.
  • The heel is very stable, yet the shape of the shoe offers your legs the seductive feminine allure you’re looking for when wearing stilettoes, but without the pain.

Cons

  • I’m a declared fan of genuine leather. The synthetic one used for these shoes make them less durable.
  • The toe box can be a little narrow for people with wide feet.

#3: Cleecli Ballroom dance shoe

Just like Manolo Blahnik, the greatest shoemaker in England, I’m mad for satin!

It is so elegant and feminine that you have to FALL for it at some point in your life.

Cleecli comes with a very nice model of ballroom shoes I think goes well with any outfit for your nights out.

They are very lightweight and are made of satin and mesh with a soft satin sole. The midsole is very FLEXIBLE thanks to the elastic latex it is made of.

The open toe box will allow you to show off your pretty pedicure. The soft breathable lining features a sweat absorbing fabric, very delicate to your skin.

I love the pair of stylish cross straps that will put an emphasis on your ankle and secure the shoes to your feet at the same time. The quick release buckle makes it easy to put them on and adjust them to your size.

The model stays true to size, which ranges from 4.5 to 12 (US), medium width.

They are black, tan or nude and come in versions with 1.5”, 2.5” or 3” heels that you can choose between depending on how COMFORTABLE you are with dancing on high heels for a long time.

Pros

  • Since they are designed for dancers, they are more flexible and comfortable, compared to street shoes.
  • The satin of the upper makes them elegant and easy to match with basically any outfit in your closet.
  • I love the fact that they feature different heel heights. You can get slip a lower back-up in your bag and quickly change if your feet get tired, right?
  • Let’s not forget how affordable they are – just under $50.

Cons

  • The suede sole will make them a little less durable if you wear them on the street.
  • The open toe box makes it easier for your feet to get hurt if someone steps on them.

#4: Greatonu Women’s Shoes

Here’s an unusual, but really excellent choice you could try next time you go out: Kitten Heels. King Louis XIV of France wore them too, so why won’t you?

Centuries later, during the 1960s’ Beatnik and Mod movements brought the design back in STYLE as they loved dancing as much as we do, so mini heels seemed like the perfect choice for them.

The style will certainly ATTRACT the attention of your fellow dancers and friends, so you’re dance moves won’t be the only ones putting you in the centre of attention.

Greatonu comes with a very chic Kitten Heel design you can try out for yourself. Their score of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on almost 1500 ratings on Amazon, made me buy a couple pairs for myself and it was actually worth it.

The insole is made of breathable leather and the foot bed is cushioned for EXTRA COMFORT. The model comes with a fancy slingback crossing behind the ankle and closing in with a delicate buckle.

The sole is made of a durable rubber, so they can be easily worn on the dance floor and on the street as well.

The heel height is 2.5”, just perfect for a night full of dancing. The toe box is closed and pointed, adding to the feminine air they inspire.

They are available in 19 colours and patterns, such as Gold Glitter, Leopard Print, All Black, Beige & Black or the La La Land Yellow ones and their available size ranges from 3 to 8 (UK).

Pros

  • Honestly, I love their history. From Royal Courts in France to rebel Beatniks, these shoes have seen it all.
  • They are very feminine and also a fairly weird fashion statement that attracts attention everywhere it appears.
  • The mini heel makes dancing comfortable, yet stylish.
  • They are extremely affordable (under £30 a pair), so you can get basically all the colours and patterns you like and match them with you favourite outfits without feeling like you’ve spent a fortune.

Cons

  • They are not very comfortable the first few times you wear them. However, eventually they break in.
  • They are difficult to wear for people with wide feet.

Conclusion

Thanks to Bronwyn Tarr, an Oxford University psychologist and dancer who wrote the article about the reasons why dancing leads to bonding, now you have a scientific reason to go out dancing NEXT TIME someone invites you to.

So do not hesitate, life is short, but dance PROLONGS it!

And don’t forget that the best stories of our lives are never about the times we choose to stay home and watch TV instead of going out.

Go ahead and share with us the funniest things that happened to you on one of those unforgettable nights we all had at some point!

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