Everybody loves sparkles and bright colours especially in dancing. Some say, the more the better. But actually, is it the best idea to have colourful dance shoes, covered in crystals too?
Imagine that, you need a new pair of dance shoes. Maybe you’re buying them for the first time or it’s the 20th pair in your dance shoe collection. One thing stays the same, we always want to have something extra on the dance floor. So why not spice it up a bit and go for black or red shoes (they’re more sexy than tanned-ones) with extra crystals on top? Tempting?
The look of your dance shoes is more important than you may have thought. Here are 5 points for you to think about when it comes to shoe decorations.
PS. by coloured shoes I mean other than “tan” i.e. red, black, green etc.
Everyone- look at my feet!
If you decide to put decorations somewhere, people will look that way. You have red shoes or vivid crystals over them, they will attract attention. Hmmm, but there may be a problem. Shoes on their own may look beautiful but is your footwork beautiful enough to be highlighted by the decorations or even a different shoe colour?
If footwork is not your strongest asset, do you really want everyone to look at your feet? This is regardless of your level of dancing, but this point may be particularly important for any dancer who doesn’t have very much experience and strength in their feet.
Diamonds are forever
Well, no they are not. Unfortunately, the crystals on your shoes are not be as durable as you would expect. Some of them will fall off, some will be scratched and some will lose the sparkle. Suddenly, your shoes don’t seem as exciting and amazing as they were when you bought them…
Shoes are dancer’s very important tool so you always want to be sure their quality is perfect. Perhaps you may not want to be fixing your shoes after each competition and keep re-gluing the crystals, or do you?
Red with pink or blue with green?
Once you decide to have coloured shoes, you need to remember that they may not necessarily go well with all your dresses. On the other hand, this could be a good excuse to buy a new pair of shoes to colour-coordinate with each dress… and who doesn’t like that?
Money, money, money…
Dancing is already so expensive and dancers spend more and more on their looks. Of course, when you have shoes covered in crystals, the hard work of gluing them on is not cheap. Not only are the crystals themselves quite costly, but also asking for a clever design and execution is not free.
What would you say to saving the money on the embellishments and instead, putting it towards another pair of shoes or a dance lesson on footwork?
At the young age, kids are restricted to wear plain shoes with no decorations for competitions (and classes/lessons!). For many this creates an ambition that “when I’m good enough I will have shoes with crystals on” (PS. if approved by coach). Make sure your dancing speaks for itself, then focus on anything else. Maybe this could be your objective too.
HERE is a video of great exercises to give you beautiful dancer’s feet.
It’s understandable that coloured shoes and crystals are exciting. They make you feel special, like a million dollars. On the other hand, sometimes less is more. If you watch closely, most of the top professionals wear simple tan shoes. As a beginner dancer, you probably want to stay away from coloured shoes with excessive decorations.