When you decide to make an investment in quality dance shoes you need to maintain them. Find out how maintaining them properly extends the life of your dancewear and brings additional value to your purchase. Below this video on maintaining suede sole shoes you can find additional information on dance shoes.
Look for suede soles, which provide the right combination of grip and slide. Rubber sneaker-like soles can stick to the floor and cause knee injuries, and leather soles can slide too much
You're not supposed to wear suede soles outside - but every swing dancer knows that you can make suede soles faster by wearing them everywhere to get them dirty, then dance in them until they're shiny on the bottom.
Suede bottom shoes can wear out quickly if worn on the street. It is best to wear suede bottom shoes on dance floor surfaces only (such as hard wood floors). We suggest switching into dance shoes once arriving to your dance destination.
It is well known that suede soles are ideal for dancing on well-maintained and clean wood dance floors. However, some floors are too slippery for conventional suede soles, putting the dancer at risk of slipping and falling if they aren't paying attention.
The biggest difference is the soles. Ballroom shoes have a thin, suede sole. This allows the shoes to glide on the dance floor, with just the right amount of grip. ... In competition, women should wear tan or flesh-colored shoes, to extend the look of the leg, and not call too much attention to the feet
For classes like jazz, musical theater, and hip hop, students wear jazz shoes. Jazz shoes are a leather shoe with a rubber split sole. There are some variations to the style of jazz shoes, but they all have a slightly thick heel, made of rubber, to allow for shock absorption
Socks. You will always want to wear either a pair of tights or a pair of dance socks with your shoes. However, regular socks may be worn for hip hop.
Ballet shoes are worn by dancers of all ages, boys and girls, for ballet technique class, and by younger students for performances. ... Male dancers typically wear white or black shoes depending on the color of their socks and/or costume. Ballet shoes are very lightweight and made of leather or canvas