Wondering which heels to buy for pole dancing lessons may seem superficial. However, this is actually a crucial point, especially if you have planned to register for sessions in which dance is very present. The pole dance shoe has an influence on your feet, your back, your choreography and even the way you climb the pole. Poor quality, it absorbs shocks poorly, in addition to being uncomfortable when worn. You have to find the right balance between ergonomics and aesthetics. Our article should help you see more clearly. Pumps with or without platform , mules , ankle boots , you will know which models to turn to among all those that exist to complete your pole dancing outfit . Get ready to be even more glamorous, sensual and sexy like this!
Buy your pole dance shoe according to your level
It sounds crazy, but it's the truth. In pole dancing, your new athletic shoes are heels , often called platform pleasers . Also, just as you select your running sneakers with care, so do your pole dancing heels.
As with the pole dance outfit , don't jump on the first model that comes along, with its rather attractive color and shape. Weigh your choice: the heels are chosen according to its level. We avoid metal parts so as not to damage the bar, and we favor parts that allow the feet to be perfectly molded. The height of the heels, but also the shoe model, must go hand in hand with your practice.
The right shoes for beginners
If you plan to book an acrobatic pole dancing class, you can practice barefoot very well. However, if it is a pole flow or pole exotic class , the sessions are very choreographed. Also, for aesthetics and the look it gives, it is recommended to bring shoes with heels. But not just any !
As a beginner, do not venture with platforms that are too high. Instead, aim for a reasonable size, between 10 or 15 centimeters. Depending on your tastes, you can opt for sandals, pumps or even ankle boots, for example.
At first, avoid mules without flanges which hold the ankle very badly. Make sure you have your foot well supported, in order to dance safely, while feeling sexy!
Adapted heels with a confirmed level
With a more advanced level, have fun! There is no longer a height limit, so you can opt for 20 centimeter heels if you feel like it. For the rest, always choose shoes that are as comfortable as possible, and that offer good foot and ankle support . You will wear them for the duration of your class, which lasts an average of two hours. You will jump, walk, climb the bar and sometimes even hold onto it with your heels. So make sure you don't have your toes stuck, to be free in your movements when performing tricks and during floorwork (dancing next to the bar).
The different models of heels that exist according to their uses
There are several models of pole dance shoes:
pumps , perfect for sexy dances and chair dance classes ( dance between a pole dance bar and a chair). The heels are not very high, and offer maximum comfort and a nice look to the curve of the legs;
mules , which are mainly suitable for people accustomed to high heels. Indeed, the mules have no flange around the ankle, the maintenance is therefore less;
sandals , usually platform, ideal for combos that mix barre work and floorwork . They very often have plastic or fabric straps that hold the foot perfectly. If you opt for a plastic model, your grip will be even better! Despite their impressive height, they remain very comfortable, with a lightly padded insole;
boots and ankle boots that hold the foot and ankle perfectly . They offer a rather sensational leg curve and allow you to perform tricks in perfect safety. However, made up mainly of fabric, they are more fragile and can be damaged more quickly.
In any case, you should select your pleaser platforms according to the use you will have of them (shooting, exotic dance lessons, pole chair lessons, floorwork, etc.).
How to preserve your pole dance shoes?
During choreographies , it is not uncommon to put your shoes to the test! They are rubbed on the ground and slammed on the parquet a number of times. To avoid deteriorating the coating too quickly, there are some tips that help preserve them.
Cover high heels with protective socks
The protective socks are placed at the front of the shoe, at the level of the platform. By covering the coating of the pumps in this way, you can repeat the friction on the ground several times, it is the sock that absorbs the shock. Below, your heel is like new.
Certainly, the sock hides the beauty of the shoe. It doesn't have to be put on every lesson. However, for choreographies that require you to be on the ground more often than at the barre, it's a good way to protect your heels. But stay alert and be careful not to slip!
Repair damaged areas using a permanent marker
This method works for solid color plastic platforms. When an area of your shoe is worn out and the color runs out, it is possible to fill in the hole with a permanent marker of the same color. However, this is a short-term fix. By dint of rubbing the platform on the ground again, the color of the marker may fade.
Now that you know how to choose your pole dance shoe for your different classes, all you have to do is enjoy! Treat yourself to colors and patterns. For the rest, in order to keep your favorite heels as long as possible, take care of them. Do not hesitate to clean them regularly by rubbing a damp cloth, in order to restore their shine.