A Balance of Comfort and Support
It goes without saying that we need to have good Line Dance Shoes if we want to enjoy line dancing. We spend several hours at a time spinning, turning, shuffling, pivoting etc and it is necessary for our footwear to be both comfortable and supportive.
Guidelines for Good Line Dance Shoes
Here are a few guidelines for good line dancing footwear
- Good Ankle support
- Good Foot support (firm but not tight fitting)
- Easy to spin without being slippery
- Heels should be flat or at most Low Cuban style
- Firm fitting but not restrictive or uncomfortable
Wear the Wrong Shoes and You are Asking for Trouble.
Just ask your chiropractor or physiotherapist.
I have heard it said “footwear that supports your feet and ankles will help concentration when learning to dance”. I guess if you are consciously or subconsciously thinking about your shoes you are bound to be distracted and get tired more quickly.
It is a big thing in today’s society for women (especially) to squeeze into fashion shoes to ”feel” or “be” glamorous, but I have seen so many people with deformities like twisted toes, and worse, from years of neglect.
I often see ladies with loose or ill-fitting shoes who struggle picking up the steps. If you insist on wearing open footwear like sandals make sure they are supportive and fit properly and, at the least, apply a supporting ankle bandage or strap of some kind.
Dance Comfortably in Dance Sneakers
Many people prefer line dancing in boots, which provide great support and comfort in most instances.
However I often like to line dance in shorts – especially in summer, at which time I prefer dance sneakers. (Read my review on Dance sneakers). I often see people wearing regular sports sneakers while dancing and although they may be comfortable, the sole is made of rubber and by nature tends to grip the dance floor. This puts undue stress on your Knees and hips.
You Could Easily Line Dance into Your 90′s
We would all like to think we will be Line Dancing into our 90′s (whether we do or not is another discussion) so we need to be kind to our feet. Having supportive and comfortable line dance shoes should help you achieve this – without foot problems.
Whether practicing in your living room to Line Dance DVD’s or on the dance floor kicking up your heels your posture is very important.
Good posture keeps your body weight over your central point of balance thereby protecting you from leg, hip and back problems and give you better results and comfort.
So look after your feet and make sure you have good dance shoes or boots and you will enjoy “The Dance” a whole lot more