How to Make Sure Your Shoes Fit
Try on your new shoes and walk around in them for several minutes. A properly fitted athletic shoe should not have to be "broken-
in". Instead they should feel comfortable right out of the box. They may, however, feel slightly stiff. I find that walking in them for
awhile tends to loosen them up.
When you put your weight into the shoe make sure there is enough room for the ball of the foot to spread evenly and feel
comfortable. You should feel that your toes have enough room to spread out. Try jumping in place (or trying your zumba moves) on
the balls of your feet to see if there is enough room in the toebox.
You also want to pay attention to the heel. Does it feel like your foot is coming out of the back of the shoe when you walk or jump in
them? Do you feel any discomfort in the back of the shoe on your heel?
Try shoes on both feet! For many people the right foot may be longer than the left. Buy the pair of shoes that fit your right foot
You also want to take into consideration the type of sock you will be wearing with your shoe. A thicker sock can give you just a little
bit more cushioning than a thinner sock. Then again a thicker sock will make the shoe seem smaller. If you buy your shoes a size up
this could be an advantage.
Place an insole in your shoe
If the shoe fits right but you feel that it does not provide enough support you can try replacing the insole with one that has more
cushion. Most new styles of athletic shoes come with insoles that are removable so that you can do this. Sometimes you may have
to buy a shoe size that is a half-size or a whole-size up in order to make the shoe more comfortable with an alternate insole.
Traction and sliding with dance-fitness shoes
You will want to also look for a shoe with little or no tread on the bottom to help you pivot easy on the floor. If you need to protect
your knees then a shoe that pivots easily will prevent injury. If you are taking a zumba class on a slippery floor you may want a shoe
with more traction. I like the Nike diamond flex soles because they provide a little traction but still allow me to slide and glide just
enough so that my feet do not stick to the floor. Because zumba is also a fitness class with fitness moves it is helpful to have the
traction for plyometric moves or jumping.
Buy light shoes for zumba
Because zumba class has alot of fast footwork it will help you to have shoes that are lightweight. You should be able to move your
feet around quickly and not feel like you are dragging around alot of weight.
How to Make Your Shoes for Zumba Last Longer
There are a few things you can do to make your shoes last longer. Don't wear your shoes outside but instead wear them only when
in class. Carry your shoes in a bag and then change them once you get indoors. Buy more than one pair and alternate wearing
different shoes. Always wear socks with your shoes. Use an athletic insole. You can wash your shoes in the washing machine on a
gentle cycle. Let them air dry.
Nike and Ryka offer the best dance-fitness and training shoes for a zumba class. These shoes are
lightweight and offer multi-directional support.
Here are some shoe buying tips:
- When trying on shoes place all your weight in the ball of the foot and make sure it feels
- Buy shoes online in several sizes. Try them on in your house with socks and different insoles.
This is the best way to find the right fit and feel for you. The shipping returns are usually free
so don't worry. The right shoe will make your zumba class a much more pleasant experience!
Having the right shoe for your exercise will give you a better experience working out
Take out the insole that comes with the shoe (they are usually very thin) and replace them with
an athletic insole. You may have to buy a half-size or whole size larger to do this.
When you buy shoes online it is
like having a in the comfort of
your own home. For example, you
can try on shoes with socks or
without, with different types of
socks, or with different insoles.
Try one shoe on one foot and then
another style on the other foot.
Jump in them, walk in them, dance
in them (always on carpet so you
do not get them dirty so you can
exchange or return easily). In
other words, you can take your
time without a salesperson
waiting impatiently for you to buy
them. I have found this the BEST
way to buy the shoes I will love.
Look for online stores that offer
free shipping both ways. That way
you can easily buy the same shoe
in different sizes while feeling
confident that you will not have to
pay extra for shipping. If you are
not sure of what size you wear in
your shoe then buy half sizes and
whole sizes up or down from your
regular shoe size. Remember that
different styles may fit completely
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Having the right shoe for zumba will allow
you to have a better experience in your
zumba class. As a result you will be
motivated to do it more. When you do it
more you lose weight. And isn't that why you
are doing zumba in the first place?