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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: Mens shoes! Reply with quote

So it's not just women who have needs in terms of footwear and I've always found it difficult to find the right shoes for dancing. As a man, you want to look cool and suave, and nothing compliments your outfit more than a decent pair of shoes.

Danceability is the key factor, but how the shoe looks is just as important. Where do you guys buy your shoes and what are your thoughts?

I'm always cringing when I see the sad selection of menís shoes at any shop with dance shoes. The common ballroom styled patent leather, tango heel, or wingtip designs are so outdated and tacky. Also, they don't exactly go with a nice pair of jeans. You can also try convincing me that Bloch dance trainers are the way to go, but you will fail. The high split sole just screams out fashion victim!

So what's a guy to do? For classes I usually wear jazz ballet shoes. They are ok for practice and classes and look fine. White ones with jeans look pretty cool. They aren't the best for parties and going out though. The lack of arch support means that your feet will likely ache if you dance for more than a couple hours. The thinness of the material also means if you get stepped on by someone, you might as well be in socks.

For going out, I try to find non-dance specific shoes. For a more casual look, there are quite a few Puma that dance well. For a more formal look, the problem with normal dress shoes is that dancing wears them out really quickly. Werner Kern is a good brand of men's dance shoe that has plenty of styles that look like normal shoes.

So that's it from me, any suggestions guys?

Alfred
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally will swear by Block Speed Factors, time and time again... they are unisex jazz sneakers that don't have the chunky split soles. In fact, the first time I've seen Sharon wear them in class, I thought they were Pumas... you can't tell they are dance shoes, but they are super comfortable and very spin-able.

I also remember seeing a shoe booth at the Canada Salsa Congress called "Ballo Dance Shoes" I recall they have a line of dance sneakers for men, that look like regular sneakers... check out the website: http://balloshoes.homestead.com/
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