What characteristics should the dancing shoes have?

In this article, we will discuss the general characteristics to look for when buying dancing shoes.

Quality dance shoes should be lightweight, comfortable, flexible, made of suede and/or leather, and with good cushioning in the sole. This will allow more freedom of movement than normal shoes, keeping the heel in place.

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Leather soles give us the perfect balance between gliding and grip on the dance floor while allowing the foot to pivot freely (to avoid damage to the knee).

In general, any shoe with leather sole is perfect for dancing. On the other hand, rubber-soled slippers, hiking boots, etc. are not recommended. 

Dance shoes should feel like a glove on our feet.
Shoes tend to expand a little when we start wearing them. This adjustment allows the foot to connect better to the ground by giving more control over our movements, more balance in turns and also significantly reduces the fear of slipping and falling.

How to take care of your dancing shoes?

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  • To keep shoes looking clean, we can use bitumen, especially if they are made of leather. The satin, mesh and net parts can be washed with soap and water.
  • It should be borne in mind, that they usually wear out quickly when worn as street shoes. It is best to use them only on surfaces such as dance floors.
  • The leather upper requires regular treatment with a good quality wax polish to protect the leather and give it a shiny finish. It is important that the footwear be completely dry before application.
  • We must avoid the use of improper liquid varnish applicators, as they can damage the surface and often create a lacquer that is difficult to remove.
  • Rubber chamois brushes can help remove dirt, however, difficult stains may require treatment with a special chamois gel.

The leather upper should be treated with a waxed cream that condition, soften and protect the material.

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  • Leather soles expand when wet. It is essential to avoid humidity. If they are affected, let them dry slowly and naturally, away from direct heat (i. e. radiators and stoves).
  • Leather shoes can often take a day to dry completely.  The use of wooden lasts will help us absorb moisture and keep the shape of the shoe until it dehumidifies.
  • Shoehorns prevent heel damage.
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