Finding or replacing ballroom shoes is a struggle. There are a bunch of options out there and it gets overwhelming. Plus, it’s hard to find good shoes on a college budget.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Ideally shoes should be a flesh tone. This elongates the leg line, always a flattering look.
- Rhythm/Latin shoes are generally a 2.5″ heel height. The height helps with hip action. Heel height roughly ranges from 1″-3″
- The shoe should fit like a glove (no wiggle room). If you’re focusing on whether your shoes are falling off or not, you’re not focusing on your dancing. Remember that the material will stretch out over time.
- A flared heel in Rhythm/Latin gives some nice extra support for the higher heels.
- Remember heel protectors! These keep the heel from wearing down as quickly and are required at most competitions. They can also be purchased at most competitions or the alternative suede.
Here are a few ideas to help you minimize the search time.
Note: my fallback dance supply site is Discount Dance, which is where all these links and prices come from. Ebay may have better prices for certain shoes depending on time.
The best shoe brands out there at the moment are Supadance (about $140) and Ray Rose (about $153). Both brands have wonderful, albeit pricey, shoes. The following are some more inexpensive options.
A personal favorite: Stephanies. These are quality shoes that manage to last for a while on a lot of dancing. Definitely a good choice if you’re putting in a lot of time in the studio. In addition, the soles are lightly padded and meld to the foot. The only con (so far) is that they’re on the pricey side for a college student ($99-$105).
A less expensive (currently $58) but equally strappy option are Go Go’s. Keep in mind that these do not last as long as Stephanies.
For a thicker, less strappy look, Very Fine has so nice options again for about $58 currently (Shoe A, Shoe B). Very Fine also has more strappier options here. These also are not as long-lasting as Stephanies.