When it comes to dance shoes for Salsa, there are quite a few options
available. It all depends on your purpose of getting these dance shoes, as
they vary in comfort and durability. Here's a quick summary of the type of
- Chinese Dance Shoes
cheap (S$4), and therefore great for
beginners. Too slippery for advanced dancing.
- Dance Sneakers
Pricey (around S$100) but
comfortable. Lots of cushioning and therefore a little chunky. Good
for classroom and club dancing.
- Jazz Shoes
Less pricey (around $60) but
not as durable as dance sneakers, with less cushioning, But feet
feel light and nimble.
Good for classroom and club dancing.
Price ranges from S$30 to over S$100. Great
for dancing in clubs. Being on heels helps the ladies to accentuate
their hips and exude sensuality when they dance.
Chinese Dance Shoes
If you're not sure about investing in dance sneakers but
need something you can dance in, you can purchase Chinese dance shoes for
S$5. The smooth base allows for pivoting and you can throw them in the wash
(they'll shrink by one size for sure). Do note that there is absolutely no
arch support, so avoid wearing them for long hours. These
shoes come in two types of soles, so make sure you get the ones with
felt-based soles (light gray in color) as they're much smoother to spin on. Do
not get the ones with plastic-based soles (yellow in color).
are great for class, and whenever you intend to spend long hours dancing.
They're comfortable, have good shock-absorption and come in all kinds of
snazzy designs. Dance sneakers are often characterized by split soles -
instead of a single piece, the sole is divided into the front section, from
toe to ball of foot, and the back section, which is under the heel. There is
no sole under the middle section of the foot, which is where your arch is. The two most popular brands for dance sneakers are Capezio and
When buying dance sneakers, be sure to choose a design that
is suitable for the width of your feet. Certain Capezio designs are great for
slim feet, while most Bloch designs are great for wider feet. Whatever your
size, make sure that the shoe fits around your entire foot snugly. Don't get a
shoe that's too big. It will make you feel clumsy and end up tripping you.
If cost is not an issue and you're in a hurry to get your
shoes, you can buy your dance sneakers from any of the stores below. Do note
that the prices will be much steeper than if you buy over the Internet
(definitely over S$100), and the range of designs and sizes will be rather
If time is not an issue and you want to get the lowest
price possible, the best place to shop is online. You can save up to 60% at
times. The only disadvantage is you can't try the shoes for size and fit. So
if you're looking to buy shoes online, you can either try your fellow salseroes' shoes (assuming they are wearing the design you want and are
willing to let you put your foot in it), or create an outline of your foot and
post it to the merchant. DO NOT FAX your outline, as the received fax is
likely to show an image smaller than your actual size. To reduce shipping
costs, try to accumulate a few orders before you make the purchase. You
can also try the delivery service,
Jazz shoes are great
for practising and dancing in. They're thin and soft, so your feet feel light
and this allows for more precise and quicker footwork. In addition, jazz shoes allow you to get a very good feel of the
floor. It's akin to wearing socks with traction. Most jazz shoes have leather
uppers, with some designs mixing neoprene and other materials. The soles can
be full or split-sole, using suede or EVA.
Jazz shoes are relatively cheaper than dance sneakers, and definitely don't
feel as bulky. However, they also don't last as long. So if wish to stretch
the lifespan of your jazz shoes, keep it for the classroom only.
On the whole, jazz shoes are excellent for dancers keen on improving their
footwork and spins, and looking to advance their dance skills.
You can purchase jazz shoes from the stores listed below, are over the
Internet. Make sure you know your size if you intend to purchase them online.
Jazz shoes should fit your feet snugly.
Dance heels are available from S$30 to over S$100. The S$30 shoes can be found at OG,
while the higher end models can be found at any store that sells dance shoes
for ballroom dancing. The cloth straps can sometimes cut into your skin, so do
test them well before buying (walk around lots and try your dance movements).
Stores in Singapore for Dance Sneakers, Jazz
Sonata Dancewear (sells Capezio &
Bloch dance sneakers)
181 Orchard Road
#03-06 Orchard Central
Operating Hours: Mon to Sun: 11a to 10p
Tel: +65 6738 2018
583 Orchard Road
#02-17 Forum The Shopping Mall
Operating Hours: Mon to Sun: 1030a to 8p
Tel: +65 6732 0129
Costumes Connection (sells Sansha dance
390 Victoria Street
#03-23, Golden Landmark
Operating Hours: Mon to Sat: 10a to 6p. Sun: 12p to 2p. Closed on
Tel: +65 6292 5529
Fax: +65 6292 4339
Supreme Dance Shoes (sells ballet flats and shoes for ballroom
101 Upper Cross Street
#03-34 People's Park Centre
Operating Hours: Mon & Thu: 1230p to 545p. All other days: 1230p to
8p. Closed on Public Holidays.
*Enjoy 10% off your dance shoe purchases. Just
look for the boss (older gentleman) and present your Two Left Feet
Tel: +65 6535 5565
Fax: +65 6438 5688
Cindini Dance International
Blk 531 Upper Cross Street
#03-47 Hong Lim Complex
Operating Hours: Mon - Wed & Fri: 12p to 7p. Sat & Sun: 11a to
Tel: +65 6533 1013
Meidong Boutique (sells dance heels and shoes for ballroom
150 Orchard Road
#01-61 Orchard Plaza
Operating Hours: Mon to Sat: 9a to 830p. Sun & Public Holiday: 9a to
Tel: +65 67364709
Golden River Shoe
865 Mountbatten Road
#01-14 Katong Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6344 2692
OG People's Park (sells dance heels)
100 Upper Cross St
Operating Hours: Mon to Sun: 11a to 930p.
Tel: +65 6535 8888
Fax: +65 6535 7788
Stores in Singapore for Chinese Dance Shoes
|Bi Tian Mei Store
Blk 335 Smith Street, #01-49
When you face the escalator, look to your left and you should see the
Tel: +65 6226 0650
|Yue Hwa Chinese Products (sells cloth ballet
Yue Hwa Building
70 Eu Tong Sen St
Tel: +65 6538 4222
Fax: +65 6538 4233
for Dance Sneakers & Heels