Zumba shoes. If you want to Zumba, you need to pay attention to what you have on your feet. Wear a running shoe, something that has too much tread, and you'll risk torquing your knee on some of the twisting, hip-shaking stuff. Wear something with little support or cushion and you risk all kinds of injury like stress fracture, twisted ankles, and lots of other fun things. Finding a shoe that is right for you can be hard--how do you know a shoe will work for you until you use it? The trial and error involved in finding the right shoe can be trying (and expensive!) but it's a lot better than winding up injured.
Here's some suggestions to get you started:
Nike has great dance sneakers on their site:
Nike Musique III
Nike Shox Electro
Nike Shox Q'Vida
Nike Shox AM
Nike Air Max Melodic
Nike Air Capri
Nike Shox MC
I wear the Nike Shox O-Drive and I love them. The shox are great for absorbing all the shock from all the jumping and squatting. However, Nike is kind of famous for having a narrower shoe, so if you have wider feet or bunions or anything like that, you might want to try something wider. I know as much as I love mine, I can't wear them all day.
I looked at the New Balance site, since they're supposed to be good for wider feet. There aren't any specialized dance sneakers, like Nike has--Nike is actually the only major manufacturer of a cardio dance sneaker--but some of their training shoes looked good. I thought the MX825 and the WX747 looked promising.
You don't have to put out crazy money. I tell people if they're only taking one Zumba class a week to check out Payless or Target, which always have cheap athleisure-style shoes with a nice flat bottom. The thing with these is eventually you'll want more support and cushioning, so this kind of shoe is really for the casual or brand-new, try-it-and-see-if-I-like-it Zumba-er.
The important things are:
- Smooth bottom, not lots of tread
- Support, especially lateral support
- Less important but preferable, cushioning like in the Shox.
I did find these shoes at www.dancewearsolutions.com that I LOVE. I'll link to them here. I'm saving up for those as soon as I save enough money for Zumba conference. Well, those, and another pair of Nike . :) It's just about retirement time for my first pair.
I do have other stuff to write about. Like OMG I can't seem to budge that stupid freaking scale and OMG I need to stop eating Reese's Puffs and OMG I hate that time of month. And OMG wasn't it just that time of month? But I'm tired and I need to clean and fold laundry and learn choreography. And sell my brand new digital camera on ebay so I can buy an ipod instead so I don't have to burn a new stinkin CD every stinkin second.
Gah, I'm such a grouch. You're glad to be rid of me, aren't you. Aren't you!!!
What shoes do you Zumba in?