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Everything you need to know about Dance Sneakers

What are Dance Sneakers?

Dance sneakers are a type of footwear designed for dancing. They are specially designed to support the feet, but still allow for bending, spinning, and movement. Dance sneakers should only be worn for dancing; they are not intended for general use, because they often do not provide enough arch support for daily walking.

What types of dance sneakers are available?

There are different dance sneakers available for different types of dance, such as Modern, Street and Hip-Hop.

Often, dance sneakers are designed with a split sole. This means that there is sole support in the front, underneath the toes and ball of the foot, and the back, underneath the heel of the foot. There is very little sole support in the middle of the foot under the arch, however.

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This split sole design allows the foot to bend much more freely when dancing. Some feature straps along the side to give the arch a small bit of support. Other types of dance sneakers have a very thin, extremely flexible sole over the entire sneaker.

Some dance sneakers feature additional benefits, such as smooth spots on the soles to make spinning easier, or notches in the heel to make it easier for a partner to lift another dancer. Sneakers are typically lace-up; slip-on shoes are not common. The sneakers are typically made of leather, canvas, suede or performance meshes; leather and suede shoes tend to be more expensive than others. Again, the style, type, and features of the shoe vary depending on the type of dance for which it is intended.

What features should I look for in a pair of dance sneakers?

Dance sneakers are designed with keeping the dancer's demands such as the flexibility and comfort during the movements. They employ innovations such as;

  • Dynamic Resistance Technology [DRT]; this makes use of lightweight materials like sleek leather along with mesh upper. This givesS0538-BK-2T-1S good breath-ability to the feet with comfort.
  • Smooth spin circles for the quick effortless turns and the finger notch in the heels provide the confident partner lifts.
  • Variable lacing system to give a foot hugging fit for the dancer.
  • Grooves on the forefeet to increase flexibility in the movements.
  • The insole can be removed and cleaned; they are made up of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate [EVA] to provide supplementary support to the feet.
  • The mid sole is usually made up of Poly Urethane [P.U] to give excellent cushioning to the feet. This allows the dancer to be more comfortable during action.
  • The split sole design gives the best arc support and enables excellent orthotic inserts to be used
  • Light weight non-marking out-soles give essential shock absorption for the dancer and they also add to the agility of the person.

What types of dance are dance sneakers used for?

Dance sneakers are used for many styles but are particularly popular for:

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Where can I purchase dance sneakers?

There is a wide range of dance sneakers available on the market from many major dance brands such as CapezioBloch and Roch Valley.

If you're buying your first pair or if you're not sure what size to choose, it's a good idea to get them fitted at a local dance shop. However, if you're confident that you know what size and style you want to purchase then you'll find much more competitively priced dance shoes online. These sneakers are generally not found in general shoe stores.

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