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All Vivaz Dance Latin & Ballroom Shoes are made in US sizes.
DanceFit Dance Sneakers are made in EURO sizes.
General Sizing Advice* for Latin & Ballroom Dance Shoes:
Compared with Australian sizing, US sizing is approximately the same as Australian sizing, or fractionally bigger. For example If you wear an Australian size 7 shoe you will most likely fit into a size 6.5 or 7 in Vivaz Dance Shoes.
Dance shoes should be fitted so that they are firm ‘like a glove’ on your foot.
Dance shoes should not move on your foot when you dance.
Incorrectly fitted dance shoes (usually too big), cause your foot to move around in the shoe when you dance, this causes ‘rubbing’ on your foot and can lead to painful blisters.
Brand new dance shoes should be firm but NOT painful. Painful Shoes = Incorrect Fitting.
All dance shoes will stretch slightly with wear. The ideal result after the 'wearing-in period' is a firm fitted shoe that is molded to the shape of the dancers foot, resulting in a true ‘glove-like’ fitting.
Full-leather dance shoes will stretch the most, so it is particularly important that these shoes fit very firmly when purchased.
To determine your shoe size we recommend measuring your foot & referring to the Vivaz Dance Latin & Ballroom size chart located on every product page.
Ladies Latin & Ballroom Dance Shoes should be fitted so:
Your toes should be nearly flush with the end of the shoe, you do NOT need a ‘thumbs-width’ length between your toes and the end of the shoe.
Your heel should be firmly up against the back of the shoe. If your foot slides down away from the back of the shoe, this means that the toe straps or ankle straps are too loose or the shoe is too big.
If your toes are flush with the end of the shoe, but your heel is not firmly against the back of the shoe, Vivaz recommends Vivaz Revivals soft gel innersole under the ball of the foot. This serves to add volume around your foot, and will give you a firmer and more comfortable fit - stopping your foot from sliding down in the shoe.
Vivaz Dance Shoes all come in a standard width. Unless otherwise stated.
The width of the dance shoe increases proportionately with the size increase.
Wide fittings are available, a selection of wide fitting shoes are kept in stock. you can determine if a shoe is 'wide' as it will be indicated below the picture of the shoe. See example below.
*Our sizing guides and advice are to be taken as recommendations only and, although we are happy to refund or exchange if there are sizing difficulties, the provision of such advice by us does not negate the purchaser's responsibility for the costs associated with such exchange or refund.
Vivaz Dance Shoes Buying Guide
The Dance Shoes Buying Guide is designed to assist in selecting the appropriate dance shoes. If you are relatively new to dancing you may find yourself overwhelmed and confused by the massive range of dance shoes available on the market today. At Vivaz Dance online super store we have dance shoes that are suitable for almost all dance styles. There are several major categories of dance shoes available from Vivaz; Latin Dance Shoes, Ballroom Dance Shoes, Salsa Dance Shoes, Tango Dance Shoes, Mens Dance Shoes & DanceFit Dance Sneakers.
Do you really need dance shoes? All dance shoes are specially designed to support dancer’s feet and bodies, absorb shock and allow dancer’s feet to move and flex in a manner that is optimal for your style of dance. They are also designed to protect the dance floor and to keep dancers from sliding and skidding which can result in injury.
Categories of Dance Shoes
Salsa Dance Shoes are similar to latin dance shoes but often have higher thinner heels, are made from unique and high quality fashion designer materials. Often Salsa shoes look just like a fashion shoe, salsa shoes are all about style & performance. They are great for women who want to look hot on the dance floor in the latest dance shoe fashions whilst still performing at the highest levels that they have come to expect from any other Vivaz Dance Shoe. Technically they are also suitable for Rumba, Samba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Jive, and Paso Doble (rhythm/latin dance styles). Salsa dance heels are often like stilettos and are up to 3.5 inches high (or sometimes higher). Salsa dance shoes have higher heels than ballroom dance shoes, shifting the dancer's weight onto her toes, this also helps to make the line of the leg look long and slender.
With Vivaz Dance Salsa shoes you can forget about wearing uncomfortable, unflexible plastic shoes they sell in the mall and step out with a pair of comfort guaranteed deluxe shoes that won't let you down, no matter how long you plan to party!
Tango Dance Shoes have higher (3.5 inch) & thinner (like a pencil) stiletto-like heels, generally higher & thinner than all other categories of dance shoes. They are made from unique and high quality fashion designer materials. Often Tango shoes look just like a fashion shoe, Tango shoes are all about the women looking great and feeling even better. They are perfect for women who demand to be noticed on the dance floor. Tango shoes are made with the latest designer fashions in mind, however they still perform at the highest levels when you need to dance all night. Technically they are also suitable for all other dance styles such as Rumba, Samba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Jive, and Paso Doble (rhythm/latin dance styles). Tango Dance Shoes can be bought with suede leather or regular leather soles (leather is much better wearing on street surfaces) meaning many women will buy them purly to use as a comfortable & fashionable shoe to wear out for dinner & dancing. Tango
With Vivaz Dance Tango shoes you can ditch the uncomfortable, unflexible plastic shoes they sell in the mall and step out with pure luxury that won't let you down no matter how hard or long you dance for!
Are suitable for Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Swing, Jive, and Paso Doble (rhythm/latin dance styles). Latin dance shoes have higher heels up to 3.5 inches. Latin dance shoes tend to have higher heels than ballroom dance shoes, shifting the dancer's weight onto her toes, which complements specific dance moves in the Latin dance styles.
These dance shoes are generally determined by the height of the heel. If you are dancing Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Swing, Jive, and Paso Doble (rhythm/latin dances). We recommend a dance shoe with 1.6inch heel. The colour & type of material used on the upper is personal preference. Men’s Latin Dance Shoes should be a snug fit with your big toe touching (or very close to) the end of the shoe. Most of the men’s shoes are made from leather and can soften and stretch up to 1cm after approx 10 hrs of dancing. You don’t need a thumbs width space for breathing room!
Are suitable for Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, and Tango (smooth/standard dance styles)These dance shoes are mostly fully enclosed and most commonly are Tan, White or Black in colour. The heel size goes up to 2.75 inches. They should fit snugly so as not to fall off. Some styles don’t have a strap to secure the shoe to your foot therefore you may require a clear shoe elastic designed specifically to hold the shoe on.
Are suitable for Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, and Tango (smooth/standard dance styles)These shoes are determined by heel height, 1.0 inch is standard for men’s ballroom shoes. Men’s Ballroom Dance Shoes should be a snug fit with your big toe touching (or very close to) the end of the shoe. Most of the men’s shoes are made from leather and can soften and stretch up to 1cm after approx 10 hrs of dancing. You don’t need a thumbs width space for breathing room!
If you are practicing for a performance or competition the best shoes to practice in are the same or similar style shoes you'll be wearing when you perform or compete. A good option is to have a pair of practice shoes with the same fit and balance as the shoes you will be wearing on the competition floor. Most competition dancers will buy several pairs of the same shoe and cycle through them keeping one pair in good condition for competition, when the shoes become older they will be used for practice and a new pair will be purchased for performance. Vivaz Dance also offers a range of practise shoes specifically designed to be more durable and offer maximum support for practise. These styles have shoe laces and they are available with lower broader 2.2 inch heel to give better stability for the ankle. These shoes are often popular with teachers and dancers who are doing many hours on work on the dance floor. If you are a social dancer we recommend buying a pair of shoes that make you feel confident, are comfortable to wear and most importantly look great with your outfit!
Important feature of Latin & Ballroom Dance Shoes; The best performing sole on a dance shoe is made from suede. A well maintained suede solesgive the perfect amount of traction, especially on the standard wooden ballroom dance floors. Some people will refer to this as a controlled slip. To keep the sole in perfect working condition we recommend using specifically designed brush on the suede to prevent the sole of the shoe becoming polished and slippery. This is due to small particles of dirt, moisture and oils on the surface of the dance floor and surrounding areas being absorbed into the porous fibres of the suede. We don’t recommend normal shoes with leather soles as they are often slippery and can lead to unwanted injury.
Are suitable for dancing of any style; Jazz, Contemporary, Ballroom Practice, Cheerleading, Line Dancing, Dance Fitness such as Zumba & Jazzercise, Hip Hop, Street & Social Salsa dancing and Pole Dancing. Basically any dance style you can think of. Dance Sneakers are specifically designed for dancing, they are very different and superior in design for dancing then normal running shoes that you can buy from your sport store. Your sneakers should fit firmly around your foot, you don’t require breathing room around the toes. Split sole dance sneakers will stretch in length more than a normal running shoe as they do not have one single sole structure preventing stretching along the length. Dance Sneakers offer maximum Dorsiflexion & Plantarflexion whilst also being supportive under the arch. The sole of the dance sneakers is made from a resin compound that will give the perfect traction also known as controlled slip across the dance floor. This is important to prevent jarring in the knee & hip joint when pivoting, spinning and turning. Dance Sneakers are made from light weight durable textiles specifically engineered to meet the demands of dancers young & old.
What accessories do I require?; The most popular accessories to purchase with your dance shoes are heel protectors & a shoe brush. Each item serves a purpose and will generally prolong the life of your dance shoes. The shoe brush as described above is used to maintain the suede sole. Heel protectors are designed to achieve two tasks; Firstly, to protect the heel from wearing out prematurely and secondly to offer some protection from heel gouging damage that can occur on the surface of the dance floor.
Buying Dance Shoes Online at Vivaz Dance is Easy, Fast, Reliable & Secure; The team at Vivaz Dance understand that many people will have concerns about buying products online and we continually strive to provide the best online experience to our customers. The best advice we can give is always do your own research before you place any online order.
Here are some facts about VIVAZ DANCE
> Vivaz Dance is 100% Australian owned business operating from Newcastle NSW.
> Vivaz Dance carry all products in stock for immediate express delivery, all orders are trackable.
> Selecting your shoe size is easy, simply measure foot and then refer to our size chart on every product page. The chart has measurements in centimetres next to each size so you can easily find the perfect fit.
> In the event you are not completely satisfied with your order simply return the items for a full refund or exchange.
> 110% comfort guarantee, if our dance shoes are not the most comfortable dance shoes you have ever worn we will refund you 110% of the purchase price.
> Shop Securely at Vivaz Dance online store, your payment is processed in real time by Paypal & eWay who both pride themselves in offering the highest level of security possible for processing payments.
> Vivaz Dance has customer support available Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Call 1300 33 99 09
> The team at Vivaz Dance is committed to making your online purchase a memorable experience and we look forward to your order.