Jazz Shoes - What To Consider Before You Buy

When you come to choose a pair of jazz shoes, you’ll find that there’s a whole host of different styles. Before you choose, you should first check whether your dance teacher recommends a particular type. If so, then stick with this recommendation, but if you’re free to make the choice yourself, here are a few things to consider.

You should first decide what fabric you want your shoes to be made from. They’re mainly available in leather and canvas. Leather is usually the more expensive option so if you’re just starting out it’s best to choose a pair made from canvas. This means if you decide you don’t enjoy dance classes, you haven’t overspent on an expensive pair. However, if you’re confident that you’re going to love dancing, or you have more experience, you should consider spending that little bit extra on leather jazz shoes, as they’re much harder wearing and likely to last a great deal longer than canvas.

When choosing the style, you also need to choose the best fit. This is very important if you are to get the most enjoyment out of dancing. A well fitting pair of jazz shoes should feel nice and snug on your foot though they shouldn’t feel too tight. You should be able to move your toes around a little and also comfortably bend and flex your foot. Your toes shouldn’t be pushed up against the end of the shoe but equally, if the shoe can move around on your foot and feels loose, then it’s a good idea to try the next size down.

Buying a good pair of jazz shoes doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank – even if they’re made of leather. There are a large number of highly popular and highly reputable dancewear companies that each have a great deal of experience in manufacturing quality jazz shoes. Such companies include Bloch, Capezio, Dance Gear and So Danca which have supplied jazz shoes to dancers of all abilities for a great number of years.

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