Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Next Dance

by Karen

For the ladies who love to dance, whether it’s the Charleston or Cotillion, the right shoes are an absolute must. Here’s your guide to choosing the perfect shoes for your next dance.
You can’t go wrong with satin. Perfect for holidays and special occasions, satin is a classy material that will never go out of style.
Satin shoes in emerald green
Satin possesses a glazed effect that is made of special threads using a unique blend of cotton and chemical materials. While both artificial and natural leather are fine for the polished look, they do not exude class the way that satin does. Laced shoes are fun for a night out but won’t bring the right sophistication to your big night. Consider satin shoes with ornamented laces for an eye-catching appeal.
As long as we are visiting our vintage style boutique, let’s chat more about satin shoes that will sweep you off your feet at your next dance.
Polished shoes are exceedingly popular among dancers all over the world. The base for polished shoes is typically leather or artificial leather. However, as all professional dancers know, polished shoes, unlike lace and satin, will make your feet sweat. Sweaty shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria, not to mention a strong and unpleasant odor.
The classy European dances usually have steps starting from the heel and moving toward the toe. Latin dances always emphasize toe steps. Knowing this will help you on your search for the right shoes. Open toe shoes are perfect for Latin dances while long toes are well suited for the Charleston, Cotillion, or Foxtrot.
The inner sole of quality dance shoes is generally made of leather with soft materials inlayed at the heels for extra support.
Heels are divided into three categories:
  • Flare
  • Slim
  • Contour
Flare heels are considered to be the most stable of all three types. However, for dances like Charleston or prom style dances, you may prefer a square heel. Square heels provide extra stability for older ladies as well. The ideal heel length for dance shoes is 2” to 3.5”
Flapper style medium heel shoes
Flapper style medium heel shoes
1920's style inspired peacock bridal shoes
Flapper style shoes for Charleston
Regardless of whether you are the mother of the bride, the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest, satin is and will be a perfect choice.
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