Best Zumba Shoes

May 19th, 2009


While I search for the best shoes for Zumba, I do not recommend turf shoes or wrestling shoes for participating in Zumba or other aerobic dance classes.

One of the main gripes I hear from Zumba enthusiasts is that their regular gym shoes stick to the floor during class. Sticky shoes during Zumba can cause blisters or foot, ankle, or knee pain or injury.

While turf shoes are designed to allow you to comfortably train on a variety of surfaces, they probably still provide too much traction for Zumba or other ballroom or hip hop dance classes. On the bright side, turf shoes do feature a more narrow footprint – more like cross-training shoes and less like running shoes.

A better bet might be a wrestling shoe. While wrestling shoes are light and flexible, most wrestling shoes will only be available in mens’ or boys’ sizes and are only available in a high-top style. Wrestling shoes are not designed for impact and therefore do not provide a lot of arch support or sole cushion.

My recommendation is stick to athletic shoes designed specifically for dance or aerobics. If you’re not sure that a certain style is a dance shoe or aerobics shoe, look for a circle on the sole of the shoe at the ball of the foot. Not all dance shoes or aerobics shoes will have it, but it is a good way to tell if the shoe is going to allow you to turn on the ball of your foot or if you will stick to the floor instead.

If you can’t afford to buy athletic shoes just for Zumba, wear last year’s gym shoes. Be sure the traction on the sole has worn down on the ball of foot, but be sure the shoe can still provide cushion and support.

Also see my “Sticky Shoes During Zumba” and “Good Dance Shoes for Zumba” and “Where to Buy Dance Shoes” posts or check out my “Recently Written” posts about Zumba shoes to the right at

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  5. Frank Colon on January 24, 2010 2:42 pm

    Where can I b uy the Zumba Fitness ZIN 24 cd?

    Thank you!

  6. rencsi on January 24, 2010 11:35 pm

    I’m sorry to say you cannot buy the Zumba Fitness ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) 24 CD or any of the other ZIN CDs anywhere. These CDs are provided exclusively to certified Zumba instructors who are members of the Zumba Instructors Network (ZIN).

    I recommend keeping an eye on the music available in the Zumba Shop. There are some good CDs there with many Zumba favorites and you never know when the music you are looking for from ZIN 24 will show up!

    In the meantime, let me know if there is a particular song you are looking for, and I’ll see if I can help you find a mainstream version.

  7. janaina Campbell on February 3, 2010 6:44 pm

    The shoes from Rio Soul Inc. are handmade in Brazil. They are the best Zumba shoes you will ever wear!
    Extremely comfortable, they are light in weight and they can be washed in the wash machine!
    Rio Soul is an official sponsor of ZUMBA in 2009 as well as 2010!
    You must try them, the colors are amazing, will match any ZUMBA outfit!!

  8. Sienna Richardson on June 20, 2010 10:01 pm

    i love the feel of leather dance shoes compared to synthetic fabrics.;-;

  9. Marta miller on April 26, 2011 2:15 pm

    Hello my name is Marta and I am a zumba instructor in McKinney. ( Dallas). I have gotten like 20 emails from your followers asking me to send them the slip ons ( sliders) since I sell the cheaper than the actual website and help tremendously with knee pain. I am starting the send them to several curves across the US. I was wondering if that is something you would share with your fans. One pair is $11 ( ship included) vs $16 on the website after shipping. You can contact me at

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