Running shoes, tennis shoes and Zumba shoes aren’t going to help you cut the rug when you’re dancing on carpet. These shoes have been designed with a grip on them and even the Zumba shoes that you may be considering have too much of a grip to be used on carpeting.
Although a carpet isn’t the best place to be doing Zumba workouts, it seems that this is the place where they are most often done since a lot of people are working out to a Zumba DVD or playing it on the Wii.
These shoes may be your best option for the carpet but they don’t work well on hardwood floors or on other types of hard flooring that you’d commonly see at a dance class. While these are perfect dance shoes for Zumba on carpet, you will have to invest in a separate pair of shoes if you’re planning on doing Zumba on both surface types.
Salsette shoes offer quite a bit of arch support and are very comfortable. You may want to try wearing thick socks with them to provide even more support. You shouldn’t have to pay more than $30 for an average pair of these Zumba sneakers for women.
Carpet Sliders & Gliders
There is a wide variety of carpet sliders available that you’d simply slip onto your shoe before exercising on a rug or carpet. These work great for as long as they last but they do tend to break apart easily. They’re much like a piece of satin that has been made specially to go around the shoes. You’ll have to make sure that you find the right size of gliders though since some people have ordered the one-size-fits-all and weren’t able to get them on their fitness shoes for Zumba very easily.
Another thing that you can do that works a lot like carpet sliders is to take a pair of pantyhose, cut them up and then slip a piece over your shoes. If you find that the pantyhose work, you can either keep using them or upgrade to the carpet sliders as the solution for dancing Zumba on carpet.
Some Zumba enthusiasts are wearing socks to do their routines but a lot of people do have some problems with them. You may end up getting a lot of holes in your socks even before a half hour of dancing is up or you may find that your socks simply slide off your feet in the middle of a dance. If you are going to try doing them in your socks you’ll want to select a pair that is tight-fitting and thick enough to resist getting holes from the friction.
A lot of people are doing Zumba in their bare feet on carpet since they find that their socks fall off while they’re doing their exercises and that every brand, yes even your favorite Nike Zumba dance shoes offer too much traction. Some people wouldn’t have it any other way and claim that the barefoot option is absolutely the best!
Another thing that you can try is a pair of slippers that have velvet on the bottom. These would have to be a good quality of slipper though and something that covers the whole foot versus a slip on.