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 – 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 – 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 – 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:
- 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.