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. Because zumba is also a fitness class with fitness moves it is helpful to have the traction for plyometric moves or
jumping. If you take a zumba class on carpet and you need more slide and glide in your shoe try:
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.
Having the right shoe for your exercise will
give you a better experience working out.
Here's some tips for choosing the best
shoes for zumba and aerobics.
The best dance-fitness, aerobic and
training shoes for a zumba workout
class are ones that 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
- When you buy shoes online it is
like having a shoe store 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.
The shoes on this page all 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 different.
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. This
will give your shoe
more arch support.
Many shoes on sale now!