We all know how important wearing properly fitting shoes is as a dancer. Even for soft ballet shoes, a proper fit is imperative to be safe and lessen the possibility of falling or tripping over excess fabric. But what’s just as important is the footwear you wear when you’re not in dance class.
#1 Choose shoes with adequate support
As cute and comfortable as Keds and UGG boots may be (two of my personal favourites), they’re just not supportive. Thin canvas shoes like Keds or Converse just don’t offer a lot of arch support since they’re so flat. Of course this can add to their comfort, but they’re really not the best for your poor arches. If you do want to go the sneaker route, try adding inserts into the bottom for more support, or choose a brand that offers more support without compromising style.
#2 Protect your toes!
When it’s warm out, the LAST thing I want to do is cramp my feet into unbreathable or bulky running shoes, but shoes like flip flops or sandals can leave your toes out in the open. If you’ve been doing a lot of dancing, leaving blisters and other sore spots open to the elements can lead to infection and make it longer before they feel better. If you are looking for a pair of cute summer shoes, try a flat or sandal that covers your toes or other places you commonly get blisters.
#3 No flopping
Just like dance shoes have to be snug without extra fabric, don’t choose shoes that won’t go with you as you move. Sandals like flip flops that are loose against your foot might be easy to wear, but your toes have to grip the shoe to keep it on your foot as you walk, which doesn’t sound comfortable at all! Give your poor feet a rest from the hard work of dance and wear shoes that stay comfortably on your feet without effort!
Why are good-fitting street shoes so important?
Most of the trips I’ve had in my life have been in improperly fitting street shoes. From the wedge-heeled ballet flat-like shoes that my brain kept forgetting had a thin wedge of material I was supposed to step on (hello rolled ankle!) to the slightly-too-large heels that I couldn’t for the life of me get a proper footing in.
Your body needs time to rest from all the stress that’s placed on it during dancing, especially if you’re on pointe or doing many hours of dance. While they might not be the most in-style shoes, properly fitting walking shoes, boots, and heels that are securely tied to your feet can help minimize injuries and bring some relief to your hard-working soles.