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Basketball shoes have lots of grip and are meant to support your ankles...so those seem all wrong for Zumba.
Have you tried dance sneakers? I think that the Ryka Transition and the Bloch Apex are the best ones.
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
I have also had quite the footwear journey with Zumba!
I also landed on the Reebok ZigTech as my Zumba shoe of choice! They are aweome, so comfy and have never caused me arch pain, or blisters! I own 8 pairs right now, actually! They are so cute too! (I love the thick sole!)
I have never worn basketball shoes for Zumba because they are normally too flat and do not provide my foot enough cushion at the ball of the foot. But the shoes you have shown us, look good! bet I could even do a proper Cumbia in them! LOL
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I have no experience with this, so I'm looking forward to the answers too.
I've been doing Zumba for a while now, almost a year and I've gone through quite a couple of shoes already, two of which I stopped using prematurely because I would get foot cramps or blisters in them while doing Zumba.
My latest pair of Reebok Zigtech's are about to wear out from zumba/excessive running. I'm looking to pick up basketball again soon and I would love to just buy one pair of shoes if I have to, though I do understand that proper shoes for certain sports/activities are important.
I'm wondering if these : http://www.footlocker.com/product/model:17
would provide too much traction on a gym's hardwood floor. It has the pivot point I'm looking for but I'm clueless when it comes to the soles traction from crosstraining shoes vs basketball shoes. I've never played basketball indoors until now so I don't know how the grip is on the floor.
Also I'm opting for the high-tops for ankle support. More than once I've ALMOST rolled my ankles while crossing over or doing samba carelessly.
I actually though my pair of zigtech's were rather grippy, but they were the most comfortable shoes I've worn to zumba.
Thank you for any replies in advance!
Edited by: KARPSS at: 4/29/2012 (21:38)