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.

Top Rated Zumba Shoes

Ryka Synergy – Excellent for those of us that need a bit more cushioning. Makes for smooth turning.
Ryka Studio – The Studio is Ryka’s flagship sneaker for dance class. It’s also one of the most popular.
Ryka Dynamic – Very popular cross trainers that work well outside of the studio. Popular with walkers and tennis players as well.
Nike Flex – Fitness dancers have fallen in love with these for being so comfortable and for offering so much freedom of movement.
Capezio Rockit – Capezio was making dance footwear before Beto Perez invented Zumba. They know how to make a killer sneaker.
Bloch Lightening – Just like Capezio, Bloch is synonymous with dance. Great for transitions and spins.
Bloch DRT – Lot’s of room in the toe box and tons of comfort for girls that are worried about high impact.
Ryka Influence – Lot’s of lateral support and cushioning to keep your foot stable and comfortable for all those fast paced dance moves.
New Balance WX797 Version 2 – Can easily be worn outside of the studio to the grocery store or for another workout on the treadmill.
Puma Janine – A thin sole for freedom of movement. I love the look and feel. May be a little narrow for a slightly wide foot.

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.

{ 13 comments… add 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Courtney January 11, 2014, 1:43 am

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

  • 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.


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