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3/18/14 11:24 A

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I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Adidas Iriyas II
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Best blend of fashion & function that I have found!

I also love anything Asics (my favorite being the GT-1000 series) because they have an amazing design and they feel very solid on my feet!
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11/16/13 9:57 A

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Good to know!

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of sand in your shoe"-unknown


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GARETHCHAPMAN's Photo GARETHCHAPMAN Posts: 7
11/15/13 3:19 P

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These are what I think are some of the best zumba shoes:
- Zumba's own - particularly the Z-kicks II
- Reebok dance (high tops)
- Bloch Boost
- Ryka Synergy, Studio D, Transition, Influence, Downbeat & Exertion - ryka are generally good for wide feet
- Capezio DS24 & DS11
- Bloch Amalgam
- Nike Free 5.0
- Puma Janine
- Nike Musique

Generally you'll want something with a pivot spot/point on the sole so you don't twist & hurt your knees.

After that the best Zumba shoe will depend very much on your own needs / preferences, many of the "dance" shoes are split sole, this allows you to shape your foot but means you'll have less arch support, so they're fine if you've had time and experience to build up the muscles in your feet but if not you'll end up with sore feet at the end of a class.

If you're relatively new to impact cardio you'll probably want more cushioning in your shoes to stop getting sore underfoot, shins and hips. The cushioning though has a trade-off, in that it'll make the shoe bulkier and heavier, so as you strengthen your feet and legs you'll probably prefer something with less cushioning as it's lighter.

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2/24/13 4:20 P

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Thanks for all the great advice for Zumba shoes- I have a wide foot with a high arch, anyone have a recommendation?

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2/3/13 9:04 P

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I use the Capezio dance shoe, I hate all the extra cushioning and that tight feel of the usual aerobics shoes. With these, I can point my toes easily the grip is just enough and they are lightweight and stylish. But then again, i do have some dancing background and my ankles are accustomed to those moves etc so it's probably not the best choice for everyone.

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While I didn't find the shoes you mentioned-I bought some with flat bottoms & even that made
a huge difference-glad for the tip-good thread!

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EMMI72's Photo EMMI72 Posts: 102
1/13/13 8:10 A

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As a Zumba instructor I recommend either BLOCH dancer shoes, cheer-leading shoes, or Zumba hightops. It's very important that the bottom has little traction to prevent knee injuries and when you try them on step side to side making for sure your foot doesn't shift.

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Hey everyone! As an instructor I recommend to my students get shoes that you are comfortable in. Every Zumba class is a little different. Some are very dance focused while others focus on the fitness aspect more than dance. Dance sneakers will not provide the stability and support one may need if your class does any higher impact moves or jumping. While cross trainers or running shoes may provide too much grip/tread if your class is more dancey (and if you are dancing on carpet).

When teaching my regular classes in the gym I am wearing ASIC shoes (they provide support but do not have the "grippy" tread like others) , but when I teach at Curves I am wearing dance sneakers by BLOCH. :0)

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I just purchased a multi-colored Bloch zumba dance shoe! It is so comfortable and really helps me pivot and dance. My New Balance running shoes weren't working in the gym. I don't traction during zumba! Check out my SparkPage to see a picture of them! emoticon


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7/8/12 4:50 P

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Try dance sneakers--minimal tread and a pivot point. I also put powder on the bottoms of my shoes to reduce drag.

I really like the Bloch Apex. I have Ryka Transitions as well--they were wonderful for the first 6 months or so that I had them, but they wore out fairly quickly.

For those with no mall nearby, try Zappos--you can test out the shoes and return them if they don't work.

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, ballroom rumba


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7/3/12 4:34 P

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I will just jump back in here and say Zumba Fitness is NOT a dance class, it is a FITNESS class. Zumba Fitness actually recommends sneakers only. (caps for emphasis only - not "yelling"!) :)

Per Zumba's page on FAQ:
WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOES TO WEAR IN A ZUMBA® CLASS?

Zumba Fitness recommends that you wear cross training or aerobic style shoes. They provide the cushion and medial lateral support needed for side-to-side movements. They also have low traction rubber for easy sliding and turning. Please be careful with running shoes since they use a heavy tread on the bottom and are designed for forward movement.
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However, I do also know there are some who believe the foot can support itself. And it may depend on your class too. But I would stick with Zumba's recommendations.

I hope this information is helpful.

Sandy

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Just wanted to throw this out there...

I prefer to dance barefoot (in part because, in the past, all the dance training that I ever had was barefoot).

When I wear shoes everything hurts, feet, knees, calves, etc. I have used Bloch split sole dance sneakers (which have great spin spot for turns/spins/slides) in the past with some success, but still prefer barefoot.

Currently I wear Capezio Footundeez ( gagafashionland.com/2011/03/born-thi
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way-fashion-part-12-capezio/
). They slip over the ball of your foot and have a suede pad to make pivoting, spinning, and sliding easy and they look like little underpants lol. I have them in zebra print, hologram snake print, and black (the black mesh ones run pretty small). I love them!

I'm thinking bout trying a similar "shoe" by Danshuz that is made of neoprene.

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Kirsten, yes I can pivot in them. Quite well! Go to a mall and try pivoting in them on a hard floor surface. Then you will see what I mean.

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Thanks for the conversation! Might try to look at shoes today if I can muster up the energy to go to the mall. I do like the idea of trying them on in the store and doing a few moves to see if my feet stick to the floor or not.

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Hey WEBSAM--
One of my Zumba instructors just got the Zigs, too. I need some shoes with better shock-absorption, and they look great for that (and the pink soles are CUTE!!), but can you pivot with them??? I really like to be able to pivot and SLI-I-I-I-I-DE!!!
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3/6/11 9:26 A

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I am also hunting for the perfect pair of zumba shoes. I've heard the zigs r great too. I also heard the Nike musiques r fantastic, but I tried on a pair of new balances yesterday and they felt like shoes that I have been wearing for like a year!!! They were already so comfortable!! And they come in wides which is priority for me!! I have very flat wide feet. If u happen to be interested on the new balance ones I can get u the name. It was one with numbers and letters so can't remember for sure what they r called.

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Every foot is different, so go to the mall and try on some shoes with a smoother surface on them and see what you like.

I will tell you though, one shoe that looks unlikely but more and more people are loving for Zumba is the REEBOK ZIGs. I'm on my 4th pair and I LOVE THEM. Nothing else has ever given me more support, shock absorption, and "foot energy" than these shoes. And although they look tready, the treads aren't real grippy which makes them work well for me.

Every foot is different...so try on shoes and pivot at the store/mall on a hard floor surface to see what YOU like.

Sandy

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I am new to Zumba. I started in January and LOVE it! Problem is, my brand new running shoes squeak and stick to the gym floor. It's difficult to make quick turns, etc.

Wondering what shoes are out there and what other people find works well. Now that I am addicted to Zumba, I am willing to invest in shoes that will help my footwork.

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