How to choose the best pole dance shoes for beginners
So you’ve mastered the basic moves of pole dancing, spinning and climbing barefoot and would like the added challenge and sexiness of wearing pole dancing shoes. The variety of heels available is dazzling: ankle straps vs. mules, wedges, pumps, boots, and all in different heel heights, from 3 inches to ten. It can be difficult to navigate all these styles and find something suitable and comfortable to dance to. Fear not, follow our handy guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to choosing the best pair of beginner pole dancing shoes for you.
1. Buy an ankle strap shoe
The first thing to look for in a pole dance shoe is a secure ankle strap. Why do you ask? As you dance, you will be climbing, twisting, and flipping upside down. The last thing you want is for your shoe to fly off, possibly injuring yourself and bystanders.
Another good thing to look for besides an ankle strap is a relatively thick toe strap to keep the shoes secure on your feet and provide more comfort.
2. Keep your heel height manageable
The standard heel height for exotic dance shoes is 6 inches, with a platform. If you are a beginner and/or not used to wearing heels in the first place, you can choose between 4 and 5 inches, making sure that the shoe you buy has at least a small platform. Platforms absorb shock from the ground, making the shoe more comfortable to wear and making dancing less hard on your feet.
Skip the 7- to 8-inch heels: Even if you’re feeling a bit ambitious, they can be a bit unwieldy, even for an advanced student.
3. Only adherent materials
Stick to shoes that are made of plastic, latex, leather, or vinyl. These provide the best grip on the cane, and in case your shoes are too tight, they can easily be stretched out. Shoes made of cloth will slide off the pole and be virtually useless and potentially dangerous if you choose to dance in them.
Also look for shoes with a solid uniform base: some shoes have the heels in a separate segment or material from the base, which looks cute, but gives a small but higher chance of heel breakage.
4. Keep your shoes simple
Heels come in a variety of styles and it can be quite tempting to pick the prettiest pair that catches your eye. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind so that your shoes do not become a hazard.
You can get just about any color or color combination you want, but don’t bother buying shoes with hooks, studs, rhinestones, excessive buckles, or laces, as you may injure yourself on them, scratch the pole, or slip off the shaky grip. can cause.
Also, if you’re concerned about comfort, opt for open-toed shoes, as they give your toes more room to move.