Zumba is the most popular and effective dance fitness program you can do for health, fitness, and weight-loss. The right pair of Zumba shoes makes your workout easier and helps you reduce the risk of injury. The right footwear can also make a big difference between loving and hating Zumba.
Contrary to popular belief, choosing the right pair of Zumba shoes is not about picking the most expensive pair or the fanciest label. The best shoes should be specially designed for support, breathability, and flexibility.
To help select the best Zumba shoes, I have compiled a list of features you should consider.
Ankle and Arch Support
Balance, stability, and support are essential in preventing dance-related injuries. According to a recent US study conducted by the International Federation of Sports Medicine, 1 in 4 o Zumba participants sustains injury every year. One of the leading causes of the injuries is improper footwear.
Shoes with proper ankle support and arch support help you maintain balance and stability through all the jumping, kicking, turning and sliding movements involved in Zumba. They prevent your feet and ankles from rolling too much reducing your risk of injury.
Shoes with a supporting heel counter provide additional stability and support. A heel counter is the part of the shoe that ‘cups’ the heel of your foot and covers your entire ankle. Zumba shoes with heel support are particularly important for beginners. The more experienced dancers can do without them because their feet are more strengthened.
The higher and stiffer the counter, the more stability it provides. A high heel counter should have an Achilles notch to prevent rubbing at the back of your feet. The Achilles notch is a V-shaped indentation on top of the heel counter.
Shock Absorbent Sole
Zumba can be quite hard on your feet as it involves multi-directional movements that require punching the floor. Without proper padding, you can bruise your feet easily. Thick shock-absorbent soles insulate you from the floor to ease the impact on your feet.
Shoes with shock absorbent soles also keep you light on your feet which helps you follow rhythm easily.
Split soles provide separate soles for your toes, the balls of the feet and your heel. They are generally used by more experienced dancers and provide for a higher degree of flexibility that the solid sole shoes.
Light in Weight
You want to be light on your feet, so you can dance better and for longer. A lighter shoe eases the performance as they do not weigh you down when you jump up and down.
It’s important to consider shoes that are made from lightweight materials. Look for Zumba shoes made of synthetic materials and leather in its supporting areas.
There are many multi-directional movements in Zumba and one can injure their ankle if they move their body but their shoe remains stuck to the ground.
A spin spot is a feature designed on the midsole that loosens the grip of the shoe. It offers you a range of motions. A Zumba shoe without a spin spot can have too much grip causing it to be stuck to the ground.
It is important to note that even though too much grip limits movement, you need a shoe with good grip to prevent you from falling.
There is a lot of sweating involved in Zumba as it is physically intensive. Zumba shoes with the breathable feature are extremely comfortable. They allow for air circulation keeping your feet cool and dry.
Zumba is a high-impact program. It is, therefore, important to choose shoes that are durable and long lasting. The shoes should last at least a year before the padding starts to wear out.
Zumba shoes come in a wide variety of designs you can choose from. Even though style doesn’t affect performance, it will be truly fulfilling to choose a shoe you know looks good.
I hope I was able to share some suggestions on how to select your next pair of Zumba shoes. If you have any suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to comment below.