Make Your Gym Shoes Zumba-Ready

September 14th, 2010


I’ve written many Rencsi posts about a wide variety of Zumba shoes-related posts: Why do my gym shoes stick to the floor during Zumba? Why do my knees ache after Zumba? What are Zumba shoes? What shoes are best for Zumba? Where can I buy Zumba shoes?

This month’s edition of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Z Life magazine features an ad from Slip-On Dancers. Slip-Ons appear to be a narrow band of fabric that wraps around the toe of your gym shoes. This band of fabric allows you to twist and turn, yet still grip the floor, without buying new shoes for Zumba. There is also a wider band for those people who must to do Zumba on carpet. (How unfortunate!)

I have not seen or tried this product, but they are about 1/4 of the price of Nike Musique athletic dance shoes. It might be worth a try before you invest in the real thing.

If anyone has tried Slip-On Dancers, please let us know what you think!


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11 Responses to “Make Your Gym Shoes Zumba-Ready”

  1. Marta on January 31, 2011 8:06 pm

    I am a zumba instructor and use slip ons on both surfaces – carpet and wood. My knees and back appreciate it! If you are interested in getting them I can offer then cheaper than the website. after shipping the website its $16. I sell them for $8 :) Let me know if you are interested!

  2. Marta on January 31, 2011 8:06 pm

    here is my contact email –

  3. Denise Lindsey on February 1, 2011 12:11 am

    I am interested and I need the ones for carpet

  4. marta on March 29, 2011 12:07 pm

    just a clarification. if you buy one pair are 10 after shipping. if buy more than 10 9
    each after shipping. I buy more than 20 – 8 each and free shipping. you will get a variety of colors on each order. live love Zumba!

  5. Michelle on May 23, 2011 12:52 am

    Seriously! Elastic and ribbon sewn into a circle. Make your own for less than a buck. Materials found at Joann or ANY fabric store.

  6. Fay on July 15, 2011 12:56 pm

    Hey thanks Michelle, your comment is the first one that lets me know how to make the slip-on dancers!! I sew so I wanted to make sure of the materials used. I definitely will be making me a pair because I just started zumba and wanted to make sure my knees are no stressed at all. Blessings ladies!

  7. Katie on September 12, 2011 2:23 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m new to Zumba, and have only done it 3 times, but I think i really messed up my knee the 1st time I did it, and it still really hurts but I don’t want to give it up. I’m wondering if anyone thinks wrist sweat bands would work the same??

  8. Valerie on November 5, 2011 4:26 pm

    I purchased the Slip on Dancers from, and my knees feel TONS better (we have only carpet in our gym). I like that I can use my regular sneakers which offer the support for the high-impact hip-hop moves, and yet be able to pivot easily. It does seem like a bit pricey considering you could make your own, how Michelle described, for a lot cheaper, but they are made well and hold up to the friction (unlike some sneakers that I’ve heard of where the soles start breaking off after a few months – even the Zumba brand ones). The one thing I would say I don’t like about my slip-ons is that if you wear them closer to the end of your toes, you have to re-adjust them at the end of the routine if there is a lot of pivots or even twists – they work their way off. Plus by the end of our hour workout, they almost feel too tight (I’m ready to take them off), but that could be related to structure of the top/sides of my sneakers too. They don’t feel tight when I put them on

  9. Valerie on November 5, 2011 4:32 pm

    and Katie, I don’t know if the wrist sweat bands will be smooth enough on the bottom of your shoes (still might be too much friction). The slip-ons are quite thin all the way around. Another thing that helped me too is when you do bends/squats, make sure your knees don’t go over your toes – sit back further. Hope it helps! I ended up taking a month off to let my knees heal, but it make a huge difference when I went back with the ‘proper equipment’

  10. Yazmin on February 3, 2012 3:03 pm

    I was wondering if anyone know how to make your own carpet gliders? I was directed to this site but don’t see anything about how to make them…

  11. debbo on April 8, 2013 2:29 pm

    Cut the stretchy top (~2-1/2″) off an old pair of socks.

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