Latin dance shoes are available in many different fit options, styles and colors. The popularity of TV shows dedicated to ballroom dance lead to a significant increase in demand for this type of shoe which has helped to create better performance and design. However, with such a wide range of dance shoes in the market, it can be difficult to decide on the most appropriate option. A well-chosen pair of Latin dance shoes will not only help you dance better, but also be very comfortable and look great on your feet.
Let’s take a look at a few of the things to consider in the process of choosing the most appropriate shoes:
Having the proper fit is essential with a pair of Latin dance shoes. This type of shoe is balanced so that body weight is shifted forward to leave you standing on the ball of your foot. The ideal fit is likely to have the toes at the outer edge of the front of the shoe. The shoes will have an arch that gives plenty of flexibility to move and point the feet, while also providing great stability. Additionally, the soles of the shoes are often in suede to make it very easy to glide across the dance floor and still maintain a sufficient amount of traction.
The style of the Latin dance shoes can vary significantly, but they are basically styled with a variety of strap configurations and an open toe area. The layout of the straps can vary from those that go around and under the arch, around the ankle, or across the toes. The preferred style is likely to depend on the shape of your feet. Certain styles can impede the different foot movements, so it is worth trying out the different options before making a purchase.
The heel height is typically in the region of 2.5 to 3 inches, which is useful to create the long and straight leg line. However, a shorter height of about 2 inches is acceptable for the amateur or social dancer.
The preferred fabric for this type of shoe is satin or leather. The most common is satin which comes in a wide range of colors to match the outfit. Also, the satin fabric is very easy to dye to perfectly blend with a chosen outfit. The leather shoes are less popular, but they are more hard-wearing with the proper care provided.