Originally written by Aurora

Disclaimer: This is in not an advertisement for any particular company. This is meant to give an idea of what features to look for when shopping for dance shoes.

LADIES DANCE SHOES

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A typical ladies' standard dance shoe (for waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, and viennese waltz).

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A typical ladies' latin dance shoe (for rumba, cha cha, samba, jive, and paso doble).

PRACTICE SHOES

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Can be used for both Latin and Standard.

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Practice shoes are a great option for when you are first learning and want to get one shoe. Also, these are great for whenever you may dance for more than two hours at a time, since they are usually quite a bit more comfortable. These types of shoes for competitions or exhibitions, so that is a limitation.

Heel height

If you're not used to high heels, don't be too apprehensive about dance shoes with heels. The heels on dance shoes are placed better than those on fashion sandles, etc., so they are actually much easier to balance in. Plus, the heels complement the movements and steps for the follower very well and you get used to them very quickly. If you feel uncomfortable though, consider starting with a good practice shoe, or perhaps choosing the lower ends of the spectra, e.g. a 2.5 inch Latin or 1.5 inch Standard shoe. Shoes with heels much lower than that are sometimes not as well constructed, since it is not as common for female dancers to use those shoes.

MEN'S DANCE SHOES

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Typical men's latin dance shoes.

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Typical men's standard dance shoes.

You can buy Ballroom shoes which are shiny or matte black; I recommend matte for your first pair.

I also recommend buying all-black shoes rather than white ones.

Buying Dance Shoes

Get advice

Ask for advice from experienced dancers, club officers, or instructors. Be careful about relying on dance store staff; if the store sells mostly items for ballet or other types of dance, it's likely that the staff won't know much about ballroom shoes.

Choose a good fit

Ballroom shoes should fit more tightly than street shoes. Your toes should really come to the front of the shoe (for closed-toe shoes), and your feet should not slip around at all inside the shoe. Also, the leather will stretch some over time. It's common to buy shoes 1/2 or 1 size smaller than your normal shoes.

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