Discover The Best Shoes For Zumba


With all of the different sneakers that are being sold for exercise class, not all of them can be the best and get the highest reviews. The table below contains the top 10, highest rated shoes for Zumba fitness class.

Quick Update: This new offering from Ryka is proving to be hot hot hot and will be likely be added to the list: Ryka Vida

Top Rated Zumba Shoes

Ryka Moxie Ryka Moxie – These are designed specifically for Zumba. They are best for people with an average to narrow width foot and an average to low arch. If you have a high arch you may want to avoid these. Wear them around the house for a few hours and see how they feel.

Ryka Dynamic – Very popular cross trainers that work well outside of the studio. Popular with walkers and tennis players as well. Highly recommended if you want a cross trainer or footwear that doesn’t make you feel awkward in the grocery store.

Nike Flex – Fitness dancers have fallen in love with these for being so comfortable and for offering so much freedom of movement. They may not have been designed for dancing, but they are an excellent option.

Capezio Rockit – Capezio was making dance footwear before Beto Perez invented Zumba. They know how to make a killer sneaker and have been doing so for decades. They have been making footwear since before Beto broke his first sweat.

Bloch Lightening – Just like Capezio, Bloch is synonymous with dance. Great for transitions thanks to being fully supportive while being lightweight. Has a spin spot to help protect your joints.

Bloch DRT – Lot’s of room in the toe box and tons of comfort for girls that are worried about high impact. They might look a little chunky but if you try them on you’ll instantly notice that they don’t feel that way.

Zumba Impact Max Sneakers Zumba Impact Max – This official pair is a very lightweight option that is still very supportive. The extra large spin spot is a very nice touch. They tend to run a little large so get half a size smaller if they are available.

Ryka Influence – Lot’s of lateral support and cushioning to keep your foot stable and comfortable for all those fast paced dance moves. One of my favorites because they have everything that a dancer should need.

New Balance WX797 Version 2 – Can easily be worn outside of the studio to the grocery store or for another workout on the treadmill. Excellent choice for people on the the move in and out of class.

Zumba Energy Fuze Sneakers Zumba Energy Fuze – This is a great shoes with lot’s of support. I would like to rank it higher on the list but its’ too new, but I’d like to get more feedback. I really like the roomy toebox and that they provide the perfect amount of traction.

When it comes to Zumba dance sneakers there’s really no #1 best-for-everyone. Every dancer will have their own needs and the right sneaker for somebody else might not be the best choice for you. Your decision for Zumba shoes should be based on the features that are most needed in this type of footwear that include:
Here are some shoes that you can wear to Zumba class.

  • Breathable – Some of the best choices of footwear use a vent system while others are made with a mesh design to provide the breathability you need.
  • Light weight – The best Zumba shoes are made of a synthetic material with leather appearing in the support areas.
  • Ample room for your toes – A lot of these fitness dance moves will have you up on your toes so you’ll need enough room to accommodate your toes stretching out.
  • Good stability – Look for wide soles to avoid having your feet roll over during slides, turns and jumps.

The Best Brands

As you can see from the chart a lot of the top rated ones come from the same company. It seems that some brand get it while some others aren’t making footwears for us as well as they could.

While what you choose will come down to your own personal choice, here are a few of the top recommended based on reviews from dance students as well as their coaches:


This brand tops the chart for any type of studio dance activities including Zumba. They come with an air upper mesh complete with overlays of synthetic material, an Ortholite removable insert and textile lining. Ryka’s provide superior cushioning for the arches making it one of the most preferred by dancers and coaches alike.


Many of their shoes have been specifically designed for Zumba and dance fitness. They offer an upper breathable mesh, a full sole and a midsole that absorbs shocks well with a special spin-spot. These sneakers have quickly become a favorite amongst enthusiasts across the country.


These are one of the best-selling Zumba shoes as we head into summer. They are lightweight, breathable and can include the essential pivot point that most dancers are looking for. As an added bonus, many feature soles that don’t leave marks on the floor or carpeting while still providing great traction. Many consumers buy these for the comfort level they provide.

What Footwear To Choose For Class

While most people start out by using whatever sneaker they currently have in their closet for dance classes, they also quickly find out that they’ll need to get Zumba shoes if they’re going to carry on with the class. It’s easy to tumble over with regular cross trainers and the chances of injury are much greater. It won’t take long before you end up with a sprained or twisted ankle when you attempt to move across the dance floor in your cross trainers.

A fitness class can be extremely intense and is the perfect way to tone up and slim down at the same time. Because these exercise routines involve a lot of jumping and sliding, however, you’ll need the right arch and ankle support in order to give 100% to the exercise class. Only the right footwear can provide all of this and more.


Sign Up For Sneaker Sale Alerts!

Discounts So Deep, They'll Make You Weep.

{ 41 comments… add one }

  • cindy March 5, 2015, 11:43 am

    I have a pair of Ryka shoes for dance but hurts my arches during the zumba class. Any other shoe to recommend?

  • Kay March 3, 2015, 10:56 am

    I have very high arches. I also have suffered from plantar fasciitis. I also have one knee that I have to be careful of going out. I am taking Zumba. Do you have a recommendation for a shoe.

    • Jasmin Dunnell March 3, 2015, 7:31 pm

      Hi Kay,

      Is it safe to assume you’re an underpronator? This page is specifically written for runners but the chart just a few scrolls down the page will help you figure that out if you’re not sure.

      Most people with high arches do tend to underpronate. If that’s the case you’ll need a shoe with good lateral stability. Have you considered a custom orthotic to give your arch the proper amount of support?

      Try the Bloch Lightening on for size. It’s a solid supportive shoe with a moderate amount of arch support. But I think that combining a supportive shoe like this with an orthotic, your feet will feel even better.

  • Terrie February 10, 2015, 12:32 pm

    I just started Zumba at age 57 and loving it. However, the bottom of my feet hurt. I have a high arch and narrow foot. What shoe do you recommend?

    • Jasmin Dunnell February 12, 2015, 6:32 am

      The Nike tend to be cut narrower. The high arch is something that I would try to solve with an insert instead of with the shoe. It’s more likely your arch that’s causing the pain.

      If the Nike are still a bit wide try the lacing technique for narrow feet on this page:

  • Val December 28, 2014, 7:05 pm

    Can you give me the names of stores that carry Zumba shoes?

    • Jasmin Dunnell January 8, 2015, 2:22 pm

      Hi Val. In my area I can pick most of these up at places like Foot Locker and Bob’s. Some of the brands are not so main stream and can be found and places that specialize in ballet. Depending on where you live, your best bet may be to get them online.

  • Debby December 12, 2014, 7:05 am

    Jasmin, I just want to thank you for the awesome discount you emailed me yesterday. That 40% off coupon saved me boku bucks on the four pair I bought for me and my daughters. Have a great day!

    • Jasmin Dunnell December 12, 2014, 7:07 am

      Aaawwe Debby that is so sweet! You’re very welcome. I’m glad you got on the mailing list in time for that one. I’m sure it will come around again.

  • Ellen December 10, 2014, 9:52 pm

    You should really include OESH La Vida’s – they are the only shoes I can wear for Zumba. I have Morton’s neuroma and wide feet. see

  • sandra July 17, 2014, 12:37 am

    Hi Jasmin.I have a big problem with my right leg
    do to a car accident .I need a knee replacement and a ankle fusion .But I love to work out and love zumba.I’m using my Nikes Air max and my left knee is hurting . What do you think I should try?

    • Jasmin Dunnell July 18, 2014, 2:32 pm

      Hi Sandra. I’d get rid of those asap for something that will turn easily and has a lot of cushioning. The Synergy’s from Ryka fit the bill. Good luck to you. I hope that you find an option that works for you and that surgery goes well.

  • Tracy June 19, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Hi, I am suffering with painful knees but don’t want to give up my workout which incorporate high impact aerobics. What trainers would you recommend ?

    • Jasmin Dunnell June 20, 2014, 2:35 pm

      Anything from the list above that is cushioned should work nicely, Tracy.

  • Keli May 29, 2014, 4:32 am

    Hi Jasmin, I was doing Zumba last year about this time but had to quit because of the pain I was getting from my knees. I have since found out that because of the way I’m built, my knee cap doesn’t slide properly. The Dr hasn’t given me any restrictions and I would love to get back into it. My biggest concern is that the pain I had was getting worse because of my shoe sticking so much in the pivots. Which shoe would you recommend to give me grip when I need it but little to no friction in my pivots?

    • Jasmin Dunnell June 1, 2014, 2:43 pm

      Any shoes that were designed with the dancer in mind that have a pivot point will likely work well for you. Have you tried the Bloch Lightening?

  • Laura Cegelski May 18, 2014, 8:11 pm

    My toes hurt during class..Which shoe is the best for toe support?

    • Jasmin Dunnell May 19, 2014, 2:44 pm

      I’d be willing to bet that you don’t need toe support, Laura. The toe box of what you’re currently wearing is probably too narrow and is squishing them together.

  • Mari May 6, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Hi Jasmine, it’s not on your list, but what do you think of the Reebox Dance Urlead shoes? My awesome instructor uses and recommends them. Thank you!

    • Jasmin Dunnell May 6, 2014, 11:47 pm

      I think they’re a fine options, Mari. If you decide to get them please let us know how they worked for you.

  • Tamara May 1, 2014, 10:05 pm

    I have a dropped arch and need very good but flexible arch support or I get a lot of pain in my ankles. Any recommendations that won’t break the bank.

    • Jasmin Dunnell May 2, 2014, 2:52 pm

      Have you explored custom insoles? That’s very often the best solution for very high or dropped arches.

  • Erin April 18, 2014, 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the info! I started doing Zumba a couple of weeks ago, and my arches and knees have been hurting. I’ve been wearing a pair of Nikes Musiques (which seem to be a popular choice, now that I’ve googled it). I have to stop half-way through class to tie them tighter, because I feel my foot start to twist after standing with my legs out wide for a while. The instructor said I need more lateral support. So I went to MC Sports last night, and the sales guy recommended Nike Lunarglide. I have not put them to the test yet, but they do seem more supportive. Do you have an opinion on them? I’m debating whether I should keep them or do more shopping around. Thank you!

    • Jasmin Dunnell April 20, 2014, 2:55 pm

      I would definitely give those a try. If they don’t work well try Bloch. But you really never know how a particular pair will work for you until you try try. We’re all so different that there is no one size fits all solution.

  • Sadie March 26, 2014, 8:53 pm

    I am looking for soemthing to wear on my carpet at home. Which ones would you recommend? I don’t like going bare foot when working out. Thank you

  • Abby March 7, 2014, 3:30 pm

    This was SUPER helpful. I’ve just recently begun taking Werq and Zumba, and I knew right away I needed something better. The traction on my current ones wasn’t allowing me to be able to pivot my feet the way I needed to—this list will help me choose something better for my classes. Thank you!

  • Beautrice February 5, 2014, 12:39 am

    Do you think it would be ok to wear the Nike’s I just picked up at the outlet?

    • Jasmin Dunnell February 10, 2014, 4:57 pm

      Hey Beautrice, Thanks for your question. When I first started dancing I always just wore whatever cross trainers I had in the gym bag that day. I also love finding a great deal at the outlets, and fortunately I came across a pair that were made for dancing at a more than fair price. I snatched them right up and wore them to my very next class. I couldn’t believe how much I had been holding myself back by not wearing sneakers that were designed for a specific purpose. From that day on I have never gone to class without them and I’ll never recommend regular ones again.

  • Courtney January 11, 2014, 1:43 am

    I got myself a pair of Synergy for Christmas. Merry Christmas to me! I’m loving them.

  • Suzanne October 23, 2013, 12:08 am

    Jasmin, what do you think of Merrell Road Gloves? I’ve been trying to go minimalist with my shoes and love my Road Gloves for working out, running, hiking, ect. However, in the two Zumba classes I’ve taken so far, I’ve noticed that the tread seems to grip the wood dance floor when I try twisting or spinning. Do you know of another minimalist shoe that might work better?

    • Jasmin Dunnell October 31, 2013, 5:12 am

      Hi Suzanne,

      Sorry but I do not know of any minimalists that would be good for class. If I come across any I will let you know but they just aren’t designed for that. They are two very different styles. I believe that by not getting yourself a pair of sneakers than you risk hurting yourself. If you find a pair that works better than your Merrell’s, please let us know.

  • aDancer October 17, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Jasmin, Do you know of anyplace that regularly stocks large sizes. I have wide feet and have trouble finding footwear that I actually like in my size. Thanks in advance.

    • Jasmin Dunnell October 17, 2013, 1:57 pm

      I like for big sizes. My son has size 14 feet and that’s where we get just about all of his sneakers from.

  • Abigail October 10, 2013, 2:57 pm

    I’ve got the Flex and the Synergy. I like the Nike much better than the Ryka and would probably rank those much higher on the list. Love ‘em!

  • Katherine October 3, 2013, 5:01 am

    I’ve gotten some great buys on clearance at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I prefer to shop locally than buying online.

  • Jessica Durso September 9, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Thanks for the list, Jasmin. But the Nike Flex isn’t a Zumba footwear.

    • Jasmin Dunnell September 9, 2013, 4:59 pm

      Hi Jessica,

      You’re right and wrong all at the same time. The Flex isn’t marketed towards dancers, but it’s a supportive and cushioned sneaker that’s great for jumping and dancing. It’s one of the most popular dance sneakers even though it’s not advertised as one.

  • Alice September 6, 2013, 12:51 pm

    I’ve got those Ryka’s that you have in the number one slot. Love, love, love those. Glad that they made them in pink since it’s my favorite color. I might not have tried them otherwise.

Leave a Comment