Jazz Shoes - The Advantages

Whichever style of dance you participate in, it’s crucial to have the right type of dancewear. One of the most important pieces of dancewear is the dance shoe, as without a comfortable pair the ability of even the most gifted dancer is inhibited. This article talks specifically about the benefits of wearing a well-fitted pair of jazz shoes.

Jazz shoes are available in a wide range of styles and are designed to help the dancer give their best possible performance. They’re traditionally made from very soft leather though they’re also available in canvas and synthetic fabrics too. The benefits of leather is that over time it moulds to the shape of the dancer’s foot allowing for optimum comfort and control. The leather is also very soft and lightweight to allow maximum flexibility and ease of movement. Another benefit of leather is that it’s very hardwearing and allows for the feet to breathe preventing them from becoming sweaty and uncomfortable during those gruelling dance classes.

More advanced dancers will perform in jazz shoes that have a split sole. This type of sole has a break in between the front of the foot by the ball and the heel in order to allow for optimum flexibility. Split soles also help the dancer create a beautiful well-defined line with the foot. Split sole jazz shoes most commonly have suede soles which are particularly good as they provide enough traction to move around but not too much traction to prevent the dancer from performing the high energy spins and twists required by jazz dancing.

Traditionally, jazz shoes are usually lace-up but in recent years a great many more varieties have become available. This is because no two dancers have the same feet, which means that they will have slightly varying requirements for their shoes. For example, some dancers find that lace ups can dig into their feet and prefer slip on jazz shoes which offer a very comfortable alternative whereas others may find that the shape of their foot requires laces for a more secure fit.

When buying a pair of jazz shoes, it’s usually a good idea to go to a specialist dancewear retailer where you can obtain some expert advice. Why not visit a local dance shop or specialist online dancewear retailer to get an idea of the different styles available. Specialist brands such as Capezio and Bloch produce jazz shoes for dancers of all abilities at very competitive prices. If you choose to shop online, be sure to check the terms and conditions of the retailer you’re buying from to make sure you get the best possible service!

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