Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton!!!! It’s blasting, your sweating, your moving and your dancing. Welcome to Zumba! The place to get fit while having fun. It is such a fun activity to do and the whole country agrees that it is fun fun fun!
Zumba is pretty intense and there is always a lot going on. With that said, do you you have the right shoes for this activity?
2013′s Best Selling & Highly Rated Zumba Shoes
If you are taking Zumba for the first time, or you are here trying to figure out what are the best sneakers for Zumba fitness, then this list will highlight specific shoes that are highly rated and considered really good to dance in.
Ryka Studio D
If you are looking for an awesome dancing shoe, then you are going to love the Ryka Studio D. This is a sneaker that is designed specifically for dance fitness classes such as Zumba. When you put these shoes on, you’re going to be very impressed that they are very stable, comfortable and lightweight. You should have no problem doing any of the dance moves in the class with these shoes on. It is easy to see why these are considered to be some of the most popular Zumba shoes available. They are properly designed and the right fit to dance in.
- Pros:Lightweight sneaker that has great cushioning. Will allow you to dance and move easily. These shoes are also very stylish.
- Cons: Wish more colors were available.
- Price: You can purchase the Ryka Studio D for as low as $47
Nike Free TR Fit 3
If you love high quality sneakers that deliver outstanding performance, then the Nike Free TR Fit 3 is a good shoe have. This is a cross-training sneaker, but it is also pretty good to dance in. The shoe is flexible, supportive, lightweight and looks really good. You will have no problems dancing in these shoes and they definitely will be able to handle what comes along with Zumba.
- Pros: Very stylish, has great performance and is multi-purpose.
- Cons: A bit on the expensive side.
- Price: You can purchase the Ryka Studio D for as low as $47
Reebok Dance Ur Lead Mid & Low
The Reebok Dance Ur Lead is a sneaker that is designed specifically for dance aerobics classes such as Zumba. This is a very popular shoes, simply because it is easy to move around in, thanks to the pivot point on the bottom of the shoe. It also offers excellent support and dancing in these shoes is such a joy.
- Pros: Fits perfectly on the feet. This design makes it very easy to dancing
- Cons: -
- Price: You can purchase the Reebok Dance Ur Lead starting at $74.99
Asics Gel Flashpoint
What’s neat about the Asics Gel Flashpoint is that it is a sneaker that is multi-functional. It is a cross-training sneaker but it is also a very good option to dance with. This shoe features everything you need for the Zumba class, but it is also very comfortable and has excellent support. This gets high ratings from instructors across the country and it is definitely a good buy.
- Pros: Multi-purpose cross-training sneaker. Easy to move around in, very good to dance in.
- Cons: Colors may be a bit way out for some people
- Price: You can purchase the Asics Gel Flashpoint for $89.95
Nike Flex Trainer 3
If you want a super light shoe that is very easy to dance around in, then the Nike Flex Trainer 3 is a great shoe is one to check out.. These shoes are pretty good for Zumba, as it is designed for aerobics and gym workouts, which means it is light and easy to move around in. These shoes also look really good on the feet and you can be sure that you’re going to get a lot of compliments wearing them.
- Pros:Extremely light weight. Designed specifically for dance aerobics classes.
- Cons: Can be a bit pricey.
- Price: You can purchase the Nike Flex Trainer 3 for as low as $65
Ryka has a reputation for making high quality footwear that is designed specifically for women. With the Ryka Enhance, you are getting a multipurpose training shoe that can be worn to the gym or to classes such Zumba. This is a very versatile shoe and you will find that it is very comfortable. If you’re a gym rat and also do Zumba, then this is a great shoe to own.
- Pros:The shoes versatility makes it great to dance in, as well as do a variety of other activities. It is very comfortable and does not weight much.
- Cons: Not much colors. Might have a hard time choosing between this and other Ryka dance sneakers.
- Price: You can purchase the Ryka Enhance for as low as $47
The Puma Janine is another dance sneaker that is designed specifically for dance aerobics/fitness classes such as Zumba. The shoe doesn’t have a lot of grip at the bottom, so pulling off your dance will should not be an issue. This lack of grip, also makes it pretty good to turn and spin in. The shoe also has excellent support and this is really important, especially when doing the lateral or other types of intense moves.
- Pros oesn’t have too much grip, which makes it great to dance in. Has excellent support and is very lightweight.
- Cons: Wish there were more colors available. Due to the lack of grip, it is only good to dance in
- Price: You can purchase the Puma Janine for as low as $39
Bloch Lightening 1/2
Bloch is a company that makes high quality dance sneakers. The Bloch Lightening (1 &2) lives up to the company’s reputation as it is a top of the line shoe to dance in. What’s great about the shoe, is that it has excellent support and is extremely lightweight. You should have no problem pulling off whatever dance moves you are going to be doing in the class. Even though it performs really well, another thing that stands out about it is that it is very stylish and looks good.
- Pros: Perfect shoe for dance aerobics classes like Zumba. Looks really good, is comfortable and has excellent support.
- Cons: The colors might be a bit bright for some people.
- Price: You can buy either the Bloch Lightenin 1 or 2 starting at $57
Asics Gel Rhythmic
If you want a sneaker that is designed specifically for dance, then you are going to love the Asics Gel Rhytmic. This shoe is created for dance fitness classes such as Zumba. It is easy to dance around in, thanks to the smooth outsole that also features a pivot point on the bottom. Aside from that, the Gel Rhythmic is also very lightweight and also deliver the right amount of support that is needed for high impact dance aerobics classes.
- Pros: Designed specifically for dance aerobics classes.
- Cons: More colors. Can only be worn for dance fitness classes
- Price: You can purchase the Asics Gel Rhythmic at $60
What Features Make a Shoe Good for Zumba?
I am pretty sure that youhave heard from instructors thatyou can wear any type of athletic sneaker to do Zumba. This is true, once the sneaker has certain features. If you have a sneaker that is very comfortable, lightweight, supportive, fits good and does not have excessive grip, then this is the ideal choice for this dance aerobics class.
Comfortable – This is by far the most important feature that any shoe that you choose to do Zumba in should have. You are
going to be doing this dance aerobics class on your feet and as such, you are going to want one to have the most comfortable shoes on if possible. These shoes should provide excellent cushioning, as well as not hurt your feet. Wear shoes that have a good fit and make sure it does not squeeze you.
Lightweight – I can say this confidently, that the lighter the shoe is, is the better off it is to dancing. You are certainly not going to want to jump around with heavy blocks on your feet. Having a lightweight shoe, will make it easier to move around and dance.
Great support – It is super-duper important that you have a shoe that offers excellent support to the feet. You are going to be doing a lot of jumping and dancing in Zumba and as such, you want to have a shoe that will keep your feet in place when you are doing this intense activity.
Breathable – A breathable sneaker is also really good to have. Zumba is pretty intense and your feet are going to get hot. If you have a shoe that allows your feet breathe,
Not Too Much Grip – You certainly do not want to have a shoe that has much traction. You are going to be doing a lot of dancing, which means that they’re going to be a lot of twists and turns. Sneakers that have too much grip on the bottom, will make it very difficult to pull off the necessary moves that are needed for Zumba. Another thing about shoes with too much grip is there is a good chance you could injure yourself. Imagine trying to a quick turn in shoes with excessive grip. You may just end up with an ankle injury, as the shoe will prevent you from turning.
Type of Shoes You Can Wear to do Zumba
Okay, with me explaining that you can wear just about anything athletic sneaker to do Zumba, which types are the best? If you are looking to perform really well in the class, then I would recommend that you go with either dance sneakers, cross trainers and regular athletic shoes.
Dance sneakers are by far the best option for Zumba dance. These shoes are designed specifically for dance fitness and dance aerobics classes. With these types of shoes, you can be sure that they are going to be very comfortable to move around in. This is good, as it will help to reduce the stress on the feet that comes along with dancing. These types of sneakers also have excellent support, so you can walk around and not worry about injury or hinder performance. These shoes will also have very little grip and depending on the brand that you buy, some of them have pivot points on the outsole. All of these features make them very easy to dance in.
Pros: These shoes are designed to dance in and this makes it ideal for classes such as Zumba. Movements with these shoes on, are much easier to pull off. The different points under the shoe, will make doing twisting, turning on the moves that much easier.
Cons: These shoes have little use outside of the dance studio. Because they generally have very little grip, it is not a good idea to do other activities in them, especially if they require shoes with a lot of grip (such as running).
Cross training sneakers are another good option to consider when looking for Zumba dance shoes. These shoes are multipurpose and versatile, which makes them great to workout in, walk in or run in. You will often find that a lot people think that they are pretty good for dance. What makes these shoes ideal for dance fitness workouts such as Zumba is that they generally have the same features as dance sneakers. You will find that these shoes are very lightweight, comfortable, flexible and very supportive.
Pros: Great for dance, just because they are very comfortable, supportive and lightweight. They are multipurpose shoes, which mean you can also wear them to do other activities.
Cons: There are no cons to these types of shoes.
Regular Sneakers/Athletic Shoes
Even though I have stated that dance or cross-training shoes can be worn to do Zumba, these are not the only shoes you have to wear. If you have some type of athletic sneakers at home, you can wear them to the class and you should have no problems dancing in them. Yes, it is easier to dance in sneakers that are designed for dance but you will not be at disadvantage if you wear something else. If you are taking Zumba, but have no interest in purchasing new sneakers, then you can wear then ones you have at home. Once these shoes are not too heavy, not flexible or have very little support, then they should be good to go. To really figure out if your shoes make the cut, then it is a good idea to dance in them before deciding to wear them to Zumba. If you are able to move around comfortably and they do not hurt while dancing, spinning or turning, then you will have no problem wearing them to the class.
Pros: The good thing is that you do not need to spend money on new shoes. You can use that shoe to do other activities.
Cons: These shoes might not have the support that is necessary for dance. Some of these shoes might not be lightweight or flexible enough.
DO NOT WEAR RUNNING SNEAKERS!
I have highlighted different shoes that you can wear to do Zumba in and you can essentially wear anything, the only shoes that you need to stay away from are RUNNING SNEAKERS. The main reason why running shoes are not a good option is the fact that they have a ton of grip on the bottom. This grip is pretty good when running, as it will prevent you from slipping on sliding. When dancing you are going to want as little grip as possible, as less grip makes it easier to turn and spin. If you have too much grip and you want to make a quick lateral moves, there is a good possibility that you could hurt yourself. When dancing you need to move freely and running shoes will not be able to give you that freedom. So take it from me! Don’t even think about wearing running sneaker to Zumba.