What shoes to wear for Zumba workout? I never asked this question until I recently noticed that I frequently roll, slip or trip during active dancing. Today I tripped and got a severe pain on the side of my ankle. When I examined my sneakers later I realized that I was wearing totally wrong shoes for my fitness classes. I had simple running Pumas that were too wide and had too much grip. The shoes were designed for forward and backward movements only, so when I stepped sideways during a dance move, it caused my foot to roll on the side more than necessary.
So I did the research and in this article I will show the best aerobics shoes I could find. I will also provide the information on whether the particular shoe suits people with different foot problems like bad knees, flat feet, wide feet, high arches or bunions.
Based on these steps I found some very good Zumba shoes options on Amazon:
|Product||Pivot point||Price||Split sole||Sizing||Good for||Overall score|
|Zumba Women's Fly Print Dance Shoe||$34.95||no||5 – 11 US||Bad knees, high arches||4,4|
|Zumba Women's Zumba Fly Fade Dance Sneaker||-||no||5 – 11 US||High arches||4,4|
|Bloch Women's Evolution Dance Sneaker||$75.00||4 – 12,5 US||Flat feet, bad knees, high arches||4,3|
|Zumba Women's Impact Max Dance Shoe||-||no||5 – 5.5 US||Bunions, pain knees||4,2|
|RYKA Women's Influence Cross Training Shoe||$63.96||no||5 – 11 US||Bad knees, bunions, flat feet, wide feet||4,1|
|RYKA Women's Exertion Shoe||-||no||5.5 – 11 US||Bunions, flat feet, pain knees||4,1|
|Bloch Women's Boost Dance Sneaker||$59.28||4 – 16 US||high arches, bad knees, bunions, wide feet||4,1|
Capezio Women's DS11 Fierce Dansneaker ||$52.89||3 – 14 US||Pain knees, flat feet, high arches||4,0|
|Ryka Women's Transition Fitness Shoe||-||no||6 – 11 US||Bunions, flat feet||4,0|
|New Balance WX867 Cross-Training Shoe||-||no||5.5 – 12 US||Bad knees, flat feet, bunions, wide feet||4,0|
If you suffer from pain in your knees you would definitely want avoid situations of twisting your body when your feet are sticking to the floor during the dance. Professional instructors advise to avoid usual sneakers for Zumba dancing. Instead, try a proper shoe for Zumba: the one with a split sole and a spin point.
Having flat feet means your arches aren’t supporting your feet as they should. People with flat feet tend to need wider shoes as well. Many wear ortholic insoles like Powerstep. Insoles will lift the foot inside the shoe. It is thus more important to have adjustable height in the form of stretching mesh or laces.
The best Zumba shoes for flat wide feet are Bloch Evolution and RYKA Influence sneakers. Both provide great arch support. Ryka shoes are all wider in the toe area which is good for people with bunions.
If you have high arches it means your foot stands a little bit higher from the ground in the middle area. Shoes with high arch support and laces to loosen the upper part are best for people with high arches.
There are other options if you don’t have an opportunity or money to buy good Zumba shoes:
As a bonus and for those who don’t have time to go to the gym here is a set of the best Zumba workout videos: