Does anyone know which is the most comfortable women dance shoes for ballroom? I got mine and it hurt like crazy after practice. I appreciate for any guidance on brand/style that is comfortable and reduce the bunion pain. Thanks.
Different people will swear by different brands and styles of shoes, since we all have different foot structures/problems, etc. I happen to have long, narrow feet with some wicked bunions, and after trying practically every brand under the sun, I found that Elegance shoes worked the best for me. They didn't used to, years ago, but Ali is constantly bringing out new cuts and fabrics, so eventually, I happened upon a pair that worked wonderfully. If you live in the Southern California area, I would make a trip to the boutique to try on his shoes. It'll be hard to choose shoes online, I imagine.
If you have limited access to shoe distributors in your area, might I recommend that you take whatever shoe you are currently using and give it a good beating. I know that sounds funny, but I saw another girl doing that years ago, and it turns out that ballet dancers break in their shoes by beating them up before ever wearing them. Until I found this most recent pair that is made of a super soft leather that didn't need any breaking in, I was doing that with my Supadance court shoes and found that it was pretty effective. I began by kneading the toe box to break up the structure a bit. Then, beginning with the tip of the toe box, I would roll it up toward the shank, like you would roll a newspaper. Then I would unroll it, and re-roll it, but this time, rolling the tip down and under.
Does that make sense? Sorry, I know that's not exactly a fabulous description. The point is you want to beat up the toe box until it's soft. Then it will conform a bit better to your foot, which is very helpful when dealing with bunions.
By the way, this will reduce the aesthetic life of your shoe. I found that this didn't matter much for me since they look fairly dirty after only a few competitions anyway, and for practice, I didn't care if they looked a bit fuzzy.
I hope this helps a little bit. Good luck. I know how much bunions can suck.
Hi Lorena, Thank you so much for your response and the wonderful tips on breaking in the shoes. I will try that out. Yes i live in Southern California so I will follow your advice to go to the Elegance shoes boutique soon and will let you know how it turns out for me. Yeah, i don't like buying shoes from the internet because it might not fit me perfectly. Thanks much for your wonderful advice.
Hello! You should try out KSM dance shoes from prodanse.ca. I had bunion pain with my Supadance shoes and I would never go back to them. KSM has a stretchy toe box and provides relief on the toes. Hope this helps!
I just ordered some custom ballroom shoes through the internet. Step One dance shoes in Ohio allows you to return them once if they don't work out with a re-stocking fee and they will mail you shoes to try on if you want. I have wicked bunions myself and made a mistake by ordering double wide to accomodate my bunions but had to return them. I ended up trying a sample medium width 11 in this style (Glide Chrissy Ladies Custom Round Closed-Toe w/T-Strap) which fit and have ordered them in nude leather. The toe box is rounder and kinder to bunions and the T-strap gives extra support. You can order their shoes with all kinds of extras if you want (different colors, removable inserts, different heel sizes/types, rhinestone straps, etc.) Mine cost $122 which is comparable to many shoes they sell at comps. At least this time I know they'll fit. Rose is very helpful at Step One.
I also learned from a friend of mine who used to work at Nordstroms that they have a specific tool to stretch shoes for bunions (it doesn't stretch the whole shoe box, just the bunion area). So if I have any trouble, that's where I'm taking my shoes!
Good luck! Something else to try might be http://www.ballroomgifts.com/FootComfort.html
I haven't tried their jelly pads myself but some people rave about them...
Has it ever happened to you that your KSM leather shoes lost their color ? I just worn mine a couple of times and white color underneath the beige is coming out. thanks. i however do love their look and comfort. ghe sale rep says it is normal ....
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Hi - I'm looking for a comfortable pair of dance shoes - I have plantar faciitis, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, etc. I did try looking for your shop, Odie, but I don't have a Facebook page... do you have a regular website? Or does anyone have some good suggestions for someone whose feet are half numb and half painful, lol? Thanks!
I own 4 pairs of shoes from Diamant. They offer a comfort line which has an arch support and a lower heel (spanish style and Cuban style). check out Carmens Dance Shoes on line as they offer a extensive choice as well as similar brands with comfort fit. They will also free ship an exchange if you need to return for size. Karizmah Dance Shoes offer a limited Diamant line. I have dealt with both businesses and they are very helpful.
I have about 10 pairs of dance shoes that I've bought from appledanceshoes.com. They ahev a wide variety if Very Fine shoes at reasonable prices! You can live chat with their customer service representatives and they can help you decide what shoes would best fit you. I recommend you check out the website! :)
I would suggest to get an item with mesh on the sides since it eases the tightness versus a full leather front. Take a look at some very fine styles. My wife owns C5017 from Very fine and is a happy dancer. You can purchase online. I took a look at what Bachadicta posted and they carry them. It all depends if you like the style. I hope you find comfortable shoes so you can dance the night away.
Hello Odie: You might consider just a regular website. I'm not on Facebook, but when I did go to your website, it required me to enter my e-mail address and then another pop up to share or like came up. Not my thing. Unfortunately, I cannot browse your shoes due to that inconvenience :(
I want to suggest ordering ballroom shoes from http://www.exoticsalsashoes.com/. Recently had the same problem with a pair I bought on ebay but came across this site and I love them! I have skinny feet so needed a Narrow width but didn't have to order narrow, medium seemed to work fine on the style recommended by their customer service. Try calling them and they will guide you in the right direction!I'll double check for the style I don't remember it off hand.
My wife and I swear by Werner Kerns (Anna Kerns). They're not cheap but she has had major foot surgery and they provide the best support and most comfort of all the shoes she's tried (and she's tried them all, believe me). I find them to be the most comfortable men's shoe out there. And they last - no breaking straps/heels/etc after a couple of comps.
We also swear by Carmen's Dance Shoes in San Diego, CA (no joke on the name). Outstanding customer service. We won't buy shoes anywhere else, even though Carmen's is 2,000 miles from us.