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Latin dance shoes

Latin dance shoes

The dancer' costuming and shoes is important to the success of the routine.

Woman's Latin dances wear either pumps or sandals with a 2 or 3 inch heel. Pumps are open alongside of the feet, have a closed toe box and are assured with an ankle strap. Sandals are strappy and open-toed. Women's Latin dance shoes habitually are made of leather, which are lightweight, flexible and have suede soles offer the right mix of grip and slide while dancing. The fit is important because shoes that are too tight can cause blisters; those that are too loose can make you trip.

Some women prefer to have their toes extend or hang over the border of the shoe so that they can point their toes more easily and feel the floor. You may want to select a lower height if you are not used to dancing in heels, whichever form you select should offer good control and look sexy.

Men's Latin dance shoes are usually lightweight, flexible oxfords with a 1.5 to 2 inch "Cuban" heel and suede soles. Styles comprise white, black, two-tone spectator shoes and other color combinations. Most men only buy Latin shoes for competition purposes, and you'll rarely see men wearing Cuban heels when out for social dancing.

Experts usually opt for a higher heel, while a beginner would be wise to stick with a low heel.