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SPTERRIV SparkPoints: (17,907)
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2/13/13 12:05 P

I had the same problem when I began Zumba- my shoes were 'sticking' too much! I have been using Ryka Transition shoes for about 1 yr. and I love them. (You will also see that Coach Nicole is wearing them in some of her videos, I believe) Lightweight and breathable with decent arch support (I am flat-footed as well), plus they do have the pivot point under the ball of the big toe which helps. I do not find them to be slippery and my class is held in a 'gym' room so it has basketball-type flooring. Good luck!

SOLYHICO Posts: 75
2/13/13 9:13 A

dance/zumba shoes are way to "slippery" for me
i wear Nke Air Core Cross Trainers. very lightweight and flexible they still offer some support and are not heavily treaded so i "pivot" just fine but don't slide all over the place!

ROSEMOM23 SparkPoints: (15,031)
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2/13/13 8:18 A

I've been using a Bloch dance exercise shoe. My instructor recommended a shoe with a pivot point in the sole.( A smooth spot near the ball of the foot) It really makes a difference on the knees.

KAYEMM3 Posts: 1,577
2/13/13 6:38 A

I heard the Nike Musique's are good. I've never done Zumba, however I bought them so that it's easier to pivot on carpet and they've been great.

MUSIC2HISEARS SparkPoints: (45,648)
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2/12/13 5:44 P

The Nike shoes seem to be doing the job. I need the stability of wearing a shoe with having weak ankles. I did find them a bit stiff at first, so I wore them out and about to loosen them up. I find them very comfortable...especially when dancing.

MEMAKEOVER Posts: 82
2/11/13 2:44 P

I bought Bloch dance shoes from Amazon ($30). They work great. Lightweight and have great soles that allows me to turn and move easily without hurting my ankles or knees.

SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,418
2/11/13 2:29 P

Minority report here: The idea that doing activities without shoes will cause foot and ankle problems is bladder dash, the opposite is true. The research has shown that the current generation of over engineered, over supporting and over padded , to say nothing of overpriced, current generation of sport or running shoes cause problems and do not correct them. {Citation available on request}

I work out barefoot or with minimalist shoes to strengthen the muscles of my feet and ankles and have my clients do the same. I run in minimalist shoes also, Vibram Five Fingers, Fila Skeltoes or the Adidas version. If ballerinas can dance in the most minimalist of shoes I doubt you need much more or anything for Zumba.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
2/11/13 12:58 P

I use running shoes for Zumba. I teach in them as well and have no problems doing the twists and turns in them. If you are on carpet though, you will run into a problem. The reason I use running shoes is because I have plantar faciatis and I need the support. The Zumba shoes that Zumba makes do not have hardly any support in them at all. so if you need support DO NOT BUY THEM! I use the Nike Pegasus. Alot of instructors use the Nike Free since they have a flat sole, and are light weight. Also thr the Reebok Flex. I use those as well. I tried the Nike Musique and my feet hated me.

Also, NEVER do zumba without shoes. You can really injure your foot/ankel. Been there done that.

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
2/11/13 10:52 A

I hope the Nike Musique's work for you. I bought those and they were just too narrow for my feet, but otherwise they work quite well for Zumba.

MZNAYLUV SparkPoints: (4,179)
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2/11/13 9:04 A

Running shoes are no good for Zumba in my opinion. I wear the Nike Dance Shoes.

LRSILVER SparkPoints: (137,498)
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2/10/13 5:45 P

I wear brooks runners. I guess I should look into cross trainers.

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2/10/13 1:49 P

Thanks, RUNNINGAL, I definitely learned my lesson on that one. I did wind up buying a pair of Nike Musique IV. They are made specifically for dance fitness like Zumba. I haven't tried them yet, but will here shortly.

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (80,476)
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2/10/13 12:53 P

I will agree that running shoes are NOT good for Zumba. I got some "fitness" shoes--flatter soles, that have less friction--in other words, smoother bottoms. You need that for the dance moves.

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2/10/13 10:24 A

Thanks, Coach Nancy! Thanks, MEANONE71...I'll ditch the running shoes for now. I'm planning on going to the Finish Line later today and see what they have in stock. Thanks again!

MEANONE71 SparkPoints: (1,936)
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2/10/13 7:31 A

I talked with some women at a fitness shoe store and they said a shoe with a smooth flat sole. They didn't have any Zumba shoes in stock but said that a cheerleader shoe would be a great substitute. They did have some Zumba shoes on order. But hey, I do my Zumba without any shoes so that I can do the twists and turns the way they do.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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2/10/13 2:37 A

Hi Brenda,

While I am not a Zumba expert, I do know that running shoes do not provide enough lateral stability to make certain moves tha my be required in that type of class. You may want to consider a cross trainer type shoe which will do that for you. Hopefully someone who is a Zumba expert will chime in.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

MUSIC2HISEARS SparkPoints: (45,648)
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2/9/13 11:48 P

I've been doing Zumba for a few weeks now and feel like I'm tripping over my two feet in my regular running shoes. Anyone know what kind of shoes work best for Zumba...especially for those like me with flat feet?

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