What are the Best Shoes for Zumba? Here’s our list for 2016

Best Shoes for Zumba

Zumba is all about having fun, working up a sweat and getting your groove on. If you want to get all of the above out of a dance class, you probably realize that your shoes are the most critical part of your Zumba wardrobe. They’ll either hold you back or help you to get the most out of your classes. You need to have the best shoes for Zumba available.

Here are our top choices for the best shoes for Zumba, to help you decide on your next favorite pair.


Reebok Dance UR Lead Mid-top Shoe

Combining ultra-light design with an old-school high top, the UR Leads come with a turn-zone and a sole developed for advanced choreography.

These will grip the floor when you need them to, but will give you no trouble in moves that require a lot of twist-action. Spinning is especially incredible with this model.

Why we love them:

They’re true to street-size, light for their dimensions and able to handle lateral movements because of their high-top construction. If you’ve never owned a pair of high-tops, these may be the perfect place to start.

The spin-action on these shoes is incredible, and the pivot-points are some of the best designed we’ve yet experienced.

More Information/Purchase

RYKA Women’s Exertion Shoe

Quite possibly the most comfortable dance shoe you could own, as well as being durable and geared towads high impact movement. Bear in mind that they have a very low arch.

There’s a lot inside the construction of the shoe that makes it worth the price. Ryka has always been inspired by women made for women, and what could be more important than the health of your feet?

They provide Great lateral stability and Support for calcaneous (or heel) bone is crucial in any dance shoe, and this is what you’re getting with the Ryka Exertion model.

Why we love them

These shoes are on trend at the moment, and are suited to stay-at-home moms who don’t necessarily want to change out of their trainers before or after excersises. With their
narrow heel and wider on the toe box, they’re designed for a specific foot-type that’s quite common among women. For busy moms, it’s a fashionable shoe, fantastic for
everyday wear, and giving the illusion of a smaller foot.

More Information/Purchase

Capezio Women’s Fierce DS11 Dansneaker

Many dancers swear by split soles when it comes to Zumba. In that vein, the Capezio Women’s range excels. This model is highly suited to quick, fairly technical dance steps
and comes with a host of hi-tech features which are definitely worth the price point.

With ample lateral support, sturdy contours for your arches, soles and toes, and a robust overall design that takes care of flexibility, you can’t go far wrong if you’re looking for
high performance in a shoe.

The Capezio Women’s Fierce Dansneaker is great for anyone whose unsure about their next pair of Zumba shoes, and provided you don’t need to wear them outside the dance studio, this is your next perfect pair!

Why we love them

These are possibly the most technically sound dance shoes on our list, and although they may not win any fashion contests, they’re certainly an ample match for serious Zumba dancing.

What’s more, this no-nonsense pair provides something quite rare: the ideal balance between comfort and performance.

More Information/Purchase

Zumba Impact Max

These will carry you through even the most intense workouts, without losing their grip or ability to slide when you need them to. If your goal is to enjoy a high-energy workout, then this is a light-weight shoe with the ability to hold your foot in place even in the most dynamic of routines.

They also cope well with impact due to the Z-compress energy return system, so that you won’t have any trouble keeping up with the rest of the class. Zumba’s “Z-slide” technology means you’ll be able to slide when you need to do so.

It’s advisable to take a half a size bigger, although this rule doesn’t apply to all everyone.

Why we love them

For those who are nimble on their feet, this shoe is a particularly great option. It’s the ideal choice if you’re performance-driven but are still concerned about high impact injuries.

More Information/Purchase

Capezio Women’s DS24 Rockit

The Rockit is made for a specific market, namely those with flat feet. The simplicity of this shoe is really it’s best overall feature. You’re getting what you pay for: A sturdy pair of dance shoes.

It’s a quality shoe which doesn’t include any flashy features or gizmos, but still allows you to spin slide and shimmy in a way that’s more than satisfactory, with a reduced
risk of injury

If you’re looking for a highly breathable shoe which will allow maximum comfort, and aren’t looking for the most intense workout, then look no further. Their price also makes them an attractive buy.

Why we love them

They’re highly functional, providing you with a no-frills high-comfort experience without holding you back in terms of performance. Provided you have relatively flat
feet, you’re unlikely to be disappointed by these features.

More Information/Purchase

RYKA Women’s Tenacity Dance Training Sneaker


These are an especially robust set of dance sneakers, and are especially geared towards those women who need added ankle and arch support but still want to enjoy their slides and twists without fear of injury.

They won’t absorb as much impact as the Ryka downbeat, and are the entirely wrong
choice for those who suffer from shin-splints or other joint injuries. Nonetheless, for anyone who needs added lateral support, they’re probably the best shoes in our selection in that regard, as well as being very comfortable.

Why we love them

The strength of these shoes is a huge advantage. Many people just need a little time for their ankles to strengthen in their first months of Zumba training but some shoes don’t allow that. This shoe is great in that it allows you to enjoy the full range of Zumba movements while protecting your feet. If your soles and ankles are particularly sensitive areas, this is nothing short of a miracle shoe.

More Information/Purchase

Zumba Women’s Zumba Fly Fade Dance Sneaker

We’re aware that we haven’t mentioned any options for those ladies with high arches yet, but this model is just the ticket. Particularly if you were looking for a model which is ultra light-weight, these shoes are well worth a try.

If you don’t have high arches, then you may require a shoe with more cushioning. With that in mind, this shoe is practically built for slides and twists, and there’s plenty of room in the toe box to allow for maximum comfort. Provided you have supple joints and sturdy ankles, this pair will not inhibit you in any way.

Why we love them

They’re so light that you’ll forget they’re there. Made specifically to take the strain out of twisting action, the freedom of movement that results is amazing.

More Information/Purchase

Nike Women’s Musique IV Cross Training Shoes


Developed for a wider, flatter foot, we had to include it on our list because of its sheer all-round durability. This model allows free movement, has excellent lateral support and brilliant shock-absorption technology. This is truely one of the best shoes for Zumba on the market.

With its strong upper and comfortable interior, it’s also a shoe that’s perfect for all ages.

Why we love them

Especially if you’re in the market for comfort, without necessarily tearing up the dance floor, these shoes are incredibly versatile.

More Information/Purchase

Zumba Women’s Flex Ii Remix Dance Shoe

For Shimmies, shakes and slides, this has been one of the most successful designs by Zumba, especially if you’re looking for a shoe with more toe room than usual.

It hugs the foot exceptionally well and the split-sole-design is particularly effective for optimal movement. The toe box is exceptionally large, though, so it may not suit everyone.

Why we love them

Provided you have the right foot type, you’ll find these to be possibly the best pair of Zumba shoes you’ve ever bought.

More Information/Purchase

RYKA Women’s INFLUENCE2.5 Cross-Trainer Shoe

For high-impact moves, you’ll find these a great choice. If you have sensitive needs regarding your soles and ankles, they may also be the safest.

An all-round shoe, this model won’t disappoint you, even though it could receive improvement in terms of flexibility. They’re perfect, as long as your movements
on the dance-floor aren’t particularly demanding. We recommend that you order them at street size.
Why we love them

This model’s greatest feature is its comfort, and the attention that has been paid to keeping your foot well supported. It’s also possibly the best choice in the list where shock-absorption is concerned.

More Information/Purchase

In Conclusion

An expensive shoe will generally be a better investment than a 30 buck special. With that in mind, prices don’t always reflect the quality of your dance-floor experience. And although choosing the best shoes for Zumba these days can be daunting, we’ve hopefully helped you to narrow things down.The best shoe for you will combine Light-weight construction, comfort, enough support for your specifically-shaped sole, and for the sake of your ankles, enough strength in the walls to allow for lateral movements. Lastly, bear in mind that your street-size won’t necessarily be the same as the size of the Zumba dance shoe you’ll need.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *