10 Best Shoes for Zumba Reviewed

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Zumba is a fun and exciting exercise program that came to fruition in the early 1990’2 by Alberto Perez, a well-known Colombian choreographer. It quickly gained popularity among all ages and became a staple class offered in gyms all over the country.

Zumba is a fun—yet challenging—dance exercise that is choreographed to Latin music. While this might sound easy to some of you, it is actually an intense cardio workout that will get your blood pumping and burn major calories.

Suitable Zumba shoes will keep your ankles, knees, and hips healthy and secure as well as prevent any injuries that may result from awkward movements done in improper shoes. Having the appropriate will allow you to comfortably and safely enjoy your Zumba sessions while also allowing you to get the most out of your workouts.

Last Updated: June 16, 2018
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Our most recent update brings several changes as well as the addition of the Bloch Women’s Evolution dance sneaker. These shoes feature a split sole design and are highly durable. These are an excellent option for Zumba enthusiasts that are looking for a durable and long lasting shoe that offers maximum comfort, stability, and breathability.

Ryka Influence
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Ryka Tenacity
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  • Supportive yet flexible
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Capezio Rockit
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Here we review the current best choices available for runners from Salomon, what exactly do you get in terms of additional features, functionality and real comfort. (Read on).

13 Best Shoes for Zumba

Ryka Women's Influence

Shoes that are affordable and provide the best support. These shoes are at the top of our list because of its cushion that minimizes impact (though some people prefer to use them with insoles), its flexibility and overall feel. When you wear them, you’re able to move smoothly and at the same time, your feet feel secure.
Shoes that are cross training can be used for various types of training include dancing and jumping. Ryka provides great options in these shoes for Zumba fanatics who need the cross training component.
Usually, the shoes fit smoothly in the front with some room for your toes to wiggle around and tight in the back with ankle and heel support. You might need to order one size up or stay true to your size, depends on how you like to wear them. Overall, people fall in love with them right when they wear them out of the box. It is unknown how much wear and tear they can handle, you might need to monitor that closely.
Pros
  • Pivot point under front
  • High amount of stability
  • Style is versatile with multiple uses
  • Very light and very supportive
  • Great for jumping and high intensity Zumba
  • Recommended for those with plantar fasciitis
  • Great colors available
Cons
  • Smaller toe box
  • Not a ton of cushion

Ryka Women's Tenacity

Another affordable option for the Zumba fanatic who needs good support to pivot, but also good support in the ankles. Keeping the Ryka brand in the top two spots because of their great design in their cross training shoes and shoes made for dancing.
These shoes have a strap for extra support and they provide a great grip without sticking to the floor. Another great comment has been how comfortable they feel on your feet. These shoes will help your knees feel better after wearing them.
Besides, the shoes look like Hip Hop style shoes, something different than what we’re used to.
Pros
  • Recommended for wide feet
  • Extra support with the strap
Cons
  • High ankle might not be comfortable for everyone

Capezio DS24 Rockit

I know, these aren’t the most flashy looking shoes, compared to some of the other on this list. But, Capezio’s Rockit Dance Sneaker has become extremely popular, due to how it helps with performing and enhancing your moves. This shoe fits similar to street shoes and seems to be put together pretty well. Some of the features of the Rockit include a perforated arch to aid in ventilation, Padded Achilles notch for additional comfort and patented flex points built into the non-marking TPU outsole. This shoe also features a flat, boxed toe for pulling off flawless toe stands.
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The Rockit generally gets great feedback from customers. Most complaints out there are regarding the smaller size of the shoe, however those who have sized up and found their fit, seem to really love this one.
Pros
  • Good durability
  • Very lightweight
  • Good turning/spinning ability
  • Comfortable for most
  • Breathable
Cons
  • They run about a size smaller
  • Could use more arch support

Zumba Impact Max

Here is one from the people who started the Zumba craze. Being designed by the workout’s creators, the Impact Max is incorporated with all of the needed feature to effectively get you through your routine and enhance your dance performance. They seem to support foot movement and turns pretty well.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for those who want lower profile shoes
  • Allow good foot movement
  • Pivot point under forefoot
  • Durable construction
Cons
  • They fit narrow, according to some customer feedback

Zumba Women's Flex II Remix

A shoe that makes gliding easy. Another shoe from the makers of Zumba, as one of a very comfortable shoe. A shoe that is very light, that allows you to make all the moves you need specifically for Zumba and for great gliding.
This one is also a great option for your Zumba classes, although some reviews claim it is a little too narrow, which makes it a positive for people with narrow feet who need better support.
Finally, the mesh material makes the shoe breathable, another great feature that people love.
Pros
  • As part of Zumba shoes, great gliding
  • Mesh material
  • Firm material
Cons
  • Not for people with wide feet
  • Not great for rotations

RYKA Women's Exertion

Another Ryka shoe in our list due to its great customer reviews and a supportive design. These shoes are great for lateral movements, pivots, jumps and dancing steps. From the looks of the shoes, they look a little flat and long because of the design. There is cushion around the ankle to give you an even more comfortable feeling.
The toes have lots of room and the knees will thank you after wearing these shoes. There are comments that love the additional support and the great features that these shoes provide.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • Decent lateral Stability
  • Pivot point on sole, under ball of the foot
  • Supportive
  • Light
  • Great for people who need wide shoes
Cons
  • A few customers felt that the arch support was strangely placed
  • Not great arch support - not for people with arch problems

Bloch Women’s Evolution Dance Sneaker

The Bloch Evolution dance shoes are some of the best Zumba shoes out there. Bloch has several great Zumba shoes, but this one takes the cake when compared to their other options. Their unique split sole design, along with their comfort and breathability, make these shoes worthy of being on our top ten list.
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These shoes provide arch support and adequate flexibility thanks to their dynamic midfoot stretch mesh. Their mesh upper provides maximum breathability and their removable contoured sock liner allows you to adjust their fit as well as gives you additional comfort.

These shoes are also extremely lightweight and feature a non-marking outsole that also encourages easier turns during your Zumba workouts.

The Bloch Evolution dance sneakers are also highly durable and made with soft action leather and mesh materials.

Price
These shoes come at a reasonable price. They are also highly durable and provide various additional features and benefits that will improve your performance during your Zumba workouts and maximize your results.
Pros
  • Non-marking rubber outsoles
  • Breathable
  • Flexible
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Provides arch support
  • Removable sock liner
  • Split Sole design
Cons
  • Only comes in black
  • Some users don’t like the way they look
  • Sizing runs small so you may need to size up

ASICS Rhythmic 2

For those who are looking for a more low profile shoe for dancing, here’s one for you. ASICS is well know across the sporting world as a producer of solid, well designed shoes. These may be lighter than any of the other shoes on the list. Because of their low profile design, the Rythmic 2 has much less cushion than most of the shoes on this list. However, there are those out there who find this type of shoe best suitable. Some customer reviews suggest that the Rythmic 2 runs a little large in size, so it may be wise to order a half size smaller than what you would normally wear.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Pivot points under forefoot and heel
  • Style works well with casual clothes
Cons
  • Less cushion and support than others on this list

Zumba Women's Fly Print

A shoe made with Zumba on mind, not just any kind of dance, Zumba specifically… The shoes seem to work great with Zumba dancers who take their classes on gym floors (which happens most of the time). Your knees will thank you as the impact of the turns is minimized by these shoes.
As the name implies, these shoes will make you stand out in the dance floor. The various color combinations look great on your feet.
Another great component is the breathable mesh that allows the shoe to breathe easily and the tongue that is tied to the shoe for an easy slip on.
Pros
  • Very light shoes
  • Breathable
  • Great turns
  • Slides easily
  • Available in many colors
Cons
  • Too wide for some people
  • Lack of arch support
  • Seems to fit smaller than your average sizes

ASICS Women's GEL-Fit Sana Cross-Training

ASICS shoes are great for running but not for Zumba? Somebody who says that, is wrong as these shoes can be your best friend in your Zumba adventure.
While testing, many users found out that the shock absorption is at very high level. While dancing, your joints, muscles and tendons are more prone to injuries. Their outsole is also very firm, they have AHAR+ high abrasion outsole. This increases not only the durability but also the flexibility which is crucial while dancing. Let’s not forget about the cushioning, Rearfoot Gel cushioning is very soft in touch and it absorbs the shock as well. Like many other Zumba shoes, they have slip on design. The overall design is very ice for they eye, many runners totally adored the hot pink color. However, if you want something darker, there’s a classic black shoe. All shoes have ombre effect, it looks really fashionable and extraordinary.
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Price
These are cross training shoes so they can be used in many other sports, that’s why the price is a little bit higher. What’s more, ASICS is a high quality brand and their products aren’t cheap.
Pros

Minimal arch support

Very soft padding

Great shock absorption

Cons

some users said that they'd  expected more cushioning


They Make Shoes Just For Zumba?

Now, this type of activity requires superior performance that can only be had from comfortable, well fitted breathable and of course flexible shoes. Zumba shoes are specifically designed for performing these kinds of exercises. The right choice can help avoid causing injuries to the lower parts of your body such as  your heels, ankles, knees, and hips when performing these dance routines. In fact, it is really quite important that you find the right option for you before going out to practice this workout safely, protecting yourself against unnecessary painful injuries.

Now, when selecting the proper choice for you, it is important know all of the options that are available out there. You don’t need to only look for Zumba specific footwear. It is fine if you get started with jogging shoes, cross trainers or even a pair of sporty walking shoes. Shoes intended for Cheerleading as well as even the more minimalistic shoes are also often an acceptable choice for these types of active routines. You may even see people wear tennis shoes for the particular style of workouts. The kind of shoes you choose to wear for Zumba really, for the most part, depends on your personal preferences regarding style, support and comfort.

If you are just getting started, it might be a good idea to start out with you current sports shoes, which you would usually wear for the other activities you may be involved in. After you get going, you may begin to realize that you really ready to try a more advanced and dance specific pair of shoes, which are designed to provide the appropriate amount of support for your needs. It is also pretty important to protect those knees, hips and ankles from unecessary injuries while you take part in such an active, and possibly strenuous workout routine.

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Here’s What We Looked For In The Best Zumba Shoes

 

Thoughtful And Purposeful Design

There is a very good reason why Zumba has moved far beyond a fad, and into the realm of serious aerobic exercise. Zumba has been shown to provide an incredible full body workout while improving coordination and burning an impressive amount of calories and fat. This is why we began our search with footwear that is designed with the characteristics that best match the Zumba program. User feedback in regards to intervals of intensity, pace and type of movements, and muscle groups were carefully considered and sorted to ensure footwear selections that would maximize the benefits that Zumba has to offer.

Breathability

Any physical activity causes your feet to sweat, and so even for Zumba, you want to make sure your shoes are breathable. This means that air can flow through the shoes, helping to regulate the temperature of your feet and evaporate sweat. This helps prevent uncomfortable wetness, blisters, and hot spots.

Style and Technology

You don’t need to sacrifice fashion when selecting a pair of  Zumba shoes. In fact, due to the creative nature of the exercise, we found that Zumba specific shoes came in a larger variety of styles and colors. All of this style sacrifices nothing with the amount of up to date shoe-tech found on the footwear options. This allows you additional versatility as well; you can go from your Zumba class to running your daily errands and still look trendy.

Weight

When the right materials are used where they matter the most, the result is a lightweight shoe that is absolutely necessary for high intensity Zumba workouts. Standard sneakers are typically heavier, and depending on the amount of cushioning, can actually slow you down. We made sure to provide a selection of lightweight and comfortable shoes that were engineered to give you swift and controlled movements.

Pivot Points

One factor that sets Zumba specific shoes apart from standard footwear is the use of pivoting points, which are designed into the soles. While most shoes are made to move forward, these shoes are meant to be used for twisting and turning. Zumba exercises can be demanding on your knees if you are using a standard sneaker with too much traction. This is why we listened to what users had to say about the amount of “spin power” these shoes possessed.

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Flexibility in the Soles

Experienced Zumba participants require footwear that is much more flexible than the standard runner or trainer. Zumba is a danced based workout that requires you to move your feet freely and into many different positions, requiring a flexible outsole and midsole. We listened to what users had to say about how the Zumba shoes performed on their toughest workouts to help create this list.

 

Other important Things Worth Considering

Even though we took many metrics into consideration when choosing the best shoes for Zumba, there are a few other things you may also want to keep in mind while shopping. Keep reading to find out some other important considerations to make when shoe shopping:

How Much Arch Support Do You Need?

You should always consider how much arch support you will need. While Zumba shoes are engineered to provide you with the performance necessary for specific workouts, your arches will still need to be properly supported just like in any other type of footwear. If you have high arches, you might want to consider a selection that offers more stability to prevent ahy inward rolling during workouts. If your arches are lower or flat, then make a selection with more cushioning to keep your feet happy while you burn off those calories!

Know How to Properly Size Your Shoes

You feel swell throughout the day and as you workout, and this should be considered when sizing your Zumba shoes. Remember that you want these shoes to fit you a little snug, but not so tight that they become uncomfortable or cause you pain. Your best bet is to try your shoes on later in the day to get a more accurate idea of how they will fit.

Think About How Much You Will Use Them

Zumba will have you doing quite a bit of sliding, and there will be a lot of impact on your feet with the dance moves that are associated with the workouts. If you have any concerns about any past injuries that you may have, it would be a great idea to make a selection that offers layers of support to eliminate these concerns while you are working out. Look for extra cushioning in the forefoot and in the heel. Also look for an option that provides good lateral and arch support. While Zumba is low impact, you would be suppressed by how intense the workouts can get once you’ve found your groove.

Think about special requirements for a wider foot

If you have a wider foot, or experience “crunched toes” while wearing another shoe, it is critical that you select a Zumba shoe that is wide enough and provides a spacious toe area.  You will be dancing and spinning up a storm, and the last thing you want is a tight, uncomfortable shoe. Remember that your toes should be able to wiggle slightly while your shoes are laced.

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Pick a Style That Fits Your Personality

Let’s face it, Zumba is fun. It’s an upbeat and happy exercise that is competitive while not excluding anyone. Your footwear should match you and your positive feelings as you wear them. Having shoes and other fitness gear that makes you feel good has been proven to increase the length of your workout. So, in the end, the function is most important, but make sure you pick a shoe that you actually want to wear!

 

FAQ

The questions below may answer some lingering doubts or inquiries you have about Zumba shoes.

Q: I have some high-quality training shoes; can’t I just use those?

A: Not a good idea. All running and training shoes are made for moving forward. Zumba will have you moving and spinning in every direction. All that grip that makes a running or training shoe excellent for outdoor marathons will be their greatest weakness in Zumba class. If you’ve made the decision to make Zumba a part of your fitness regimen, it’s a wise investment. You wouldn’t go bowling in golf cleats; same with dance shoes.

Q: How often should I replace my Zumba shoes?

A: The general consensus is every six to twelve months. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is wearing them out of class. Please don’t do this! While you can wear your running shoes from your house to the gym, to the grocery store; the same is not true with dance shoes of any kind. They will wear out way faster. Put them on before class, and take them off when you’re done. That’s what gym bags are for. The pivot points will be nice and fresh allowing you to spin and slide for a much longer amount of time.

Q: Do I have to break into my Zumba shoes?

A: It doesn’t hurt. Most seasoned Zumba participants recommend to lace up your new shoes and either walk around for a bit on a carpeted surface or do some light dancing in them before you give them a full Zumba session. This will allow your shoes to loosen up a little bit and give your feet time to adjust to a new feeling of traction.

Q: Can I wear orthotic insoles with my Zumba shoes?

A: You can, and you should!  Keep in mind that if you select a minimalist style, there will be a lot less room for your insole and your foot. So it may be a good idea to select a standard sneaker style selection.

 

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This was our approach when selecting the right pair of Zumba shoes. Remember that Zumba workouts can offer a wide range of health benefits while lowering the chance of injury because of its low impact nature. Whatever your age or experience level, incorporating just a little bit of Zumba in your week can have an enormous impact on your overall health and mood. We hope this guide provided you with all the information you need when making your choice between some of the best Zumba shoes on the market today. Thanks for following along with us. Now lace up those new shoes and start a refreshing, healthy habit!


Here are some sources we used while conducting our research

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  1. Health Fitness, Health Fitness, Fitness Website,
  2. Tiny Fitness, Tiny Fitness, Fitness Website,
  3. Zumba With Heather, Zumba With Heather, Zumba Blog,
  4. Amazon customer reviews, Amazon, Product Review Website,
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