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Tips For Buying Ballroom Shoes


Tips for women:

1 If you are a beginner, consider starting with lower heels - but note that high heels enable better weight placement.

2 Avoid extended points on shoes.

3 Proper fitting shoes support the arch.

4 Good shoes should be extremely well balanced when you stand on only one foot.

5 Shoes must be sufficiently well fitting that you maintain good circulation, but ensure you never slide inside them.

6 Beginners may want to start with closed toe shoes, for added protection.

7 Sweat destroys ballroom shoes and makes them slippery - so purchase more than one pair (many women and men have ten or more!) and alternate, letting the ones you use last dry.

8 You should buy the same size shoes as your street shoes.

9 Heel heights are measured at the back of the foot, from the ground to where the heel meets the back of the shoe.

10 Soles can be cleaned by a metal brush supplied by shoe shops.

11 The sole of choice for most dancers is suede. They can be attached to any style of shoe, and enable the dancer the ability to alter the amount of friction with a few strokes of a shoe brush. However they are easily damaged so do not use them outside the dance floor.


Tips for men:

1 Shoes should have little or no rims.

2 Patent leather shoes tend to stick to each other more than other shoes, but last longer. To avoid this, they can be greased with petroleum jelly or silicone to avoid the shoes sticking.

3 Avoid extended points on shoes.

4 Avoid slip-on loafer styles in favour of lace-up styles. They are much better fitting.

5 There are two heel sizes for men - ballroom and classic (classic is the higher one). Beginners should start with ballroom heels.

6 Shoes must be sufficiently well fitting that you maintain good circulation, but ensure you never slide inside them.

7 Sweat destroys ballroom shoes and makes them slippery - so purchase more than one pair (many women and men have ten!) and alternate, letting the ones you use last dry.

8 You should buy the same size shoes as your street shoes.

9 Soles can be cleaned by a metal brush supplied by shoe shops.

10 The sole of choice for most dancers is suede. They can be attached to any style of shoe, and enable the dancer the ability to alter the amount of friction with a few strokes of a shoe brush. However they are easily damaged so do not use them outside the dance floor.