Best Shoes to Wear to a Heels Class

The Best Shoes to Wear to Heels Class

So you’re starting some Heels classes and wondering which shoes to wear so that you

  • DON’T injure yourself
  • Feel NO pain *or reduce the chances of pain significantly
  • Align, strengthen and SUPPORT your body correctly
  • and still be able to do those KICK-ASS MOVES you’ll end up learning in class?

Good for you!

You’re one of the more conscientious dancers who obviously cares about their body!

Well, we care too.

Safety is paramount in our classes, which is why our courses build up to dancing in Heels – and why we’ve prepared this heels class shoe recommendation guide. You won’t get thrown into a routine without covering the basics including posture, alignment, warm-ups and correct technique. Of course, routines are a given! They are fun but definitely suited to the level of each group.

Here’s all you need to know about What Shoes to Wear to a Heels Class and don’t forget, our classes are open to everyone! Find a class and enrol online via our Timetable click here.


1. Comfort and Stability are Key

Put your chosen Heels on and see if they fit like a glove – no gaps, not too loose and not too tight. You should feel instantly if they are ‘comfortable’. Now, walk around the house with them on. Does your foot stay supported and are you walking without wobbling? You should feel the ground underneath you, feel relatively stable and they should be secure on all sides.

No pinching, no gaping and definitely NO flying off your foot when you do a small kick.

Go on. Test it!

Wearing Heels for Level 1 classes is NOT compulsory however, we do suggest giving them a go as exercises and routines will make more sense when wearing the proper shoes.


2. Start Low

As a beginner, we recommend wearing low heel boots, cabaret or chorus shoes with a heel height of 2-inches instead of open-toe heels or sandals. No stilettos of any kind allowed. No shoes that mark the floors please. See below for pictures of what shoes you should NOT wear to a heels class.


3. Bring Options

If you have a few choices at home and after trying them on you’re still not 100% sure, bring options.

We love options.

We love shoes!

We love shoes!

Yes, we said that twice. Moving on.

Bring a few pairs and your teacher can help you select on the day. Also note that some parts of class eg. warm-up are done in normal shoes (no thongs please) so come to class in any normal shoes you’d wear to an “active” class. Clothing: Wear any comfortable clothing like active wear, shorts, leggings, yoga pants and any tank tops, t-shirt, or even a crop if you’re feeling extra sassy. Whatever you feel you can move easily in.


[Fun Fact Break]

Did you know that shoes with chunky “platforms” at the toe area, make it much harder to feel where the floor is. This makes it easier to stumble or trip! heels dance classes adelaide heels classes dance in heelsNow you know why a lot of fashion shoes make it almost impossible for people to look nice AND walk well in! Hello “bent knees horse walk”, hunched over look and even the classic “walking barefoot down the street at 2am on a Saturday night with your shoes OFF look”!

Not classy ladies!

But, it’s not all their fault. Some styles are just against us from the start – no matter how good you can usually walk in heels. This is true of other platform styles, or even shoes that are simply poorly-made.



4. Our Recommendations

Here are our top recommendations for Best NON-Professional shoe styles (you probably own something similar already) or if you’re ready, we highly recommend buying a professional dance shoe! After all, they are the reason why we professionals can dance many hours straight, take many classes in a row or can do those amazing moves you see in videoclips or youtube. But first.


Best NON-Professional Shoe Styles

Just starting out and not ready to buy proper dance shoes just yet? Absolutely fine! You probably own a pair that may suit already. Just remember to try them on and have a walk around in them at home first. They should fit well, be secure, fairly comfortable and provide your foot with enough support – so straps or an enclosed shoe with no platform is best. Need inspiration? Here are the 2 best non-professional shoe styles for absolute beginners Heels Classes:


1. Ankle Boots with a low heel

Benefits: Fully enclosed, providing best support and stability, most people may already own a pair. Buy in any shoe shop, options for any budget. (Examples from Betts)

2. Mary Jane style

Benefits: Enclosed heel with a strap, supports the arch of the foot, variety of heel heights and widths, Buy in any shoe shop, options for any budget. (Examples from Myer, Overstock, Shoe Shed)




Best Professional Dance Shoes

Wherever possible, we recommend investing in a pair of professional dance shoes to maximise learning.

Why invest in proper dance heels?

1. Better for your overall foot health.
2. Much more comfortable.
3. Easier to Balance and Move in.
4. Feet won’t get tired as easily. Less painful.
5. Helps prevent joint pain and injury later down the track.

However, our beginner classes truly are for everybody so please see our other, non-professional shoe suggestions also. Professional Dance Shoes include the Cabaret, Chorus or Character style of shoes, as well as some Latin & Ballroom styles. Dance boots may be harder to shop for, but plenty of online retailers do sell them. For beginners however, we suggest trying them on first. For this reason, we recommend the following professional dance brands and stores.

Brands: BLOCH, Capezio, Energetiks (for Cabaret, Character or Chorus styles)

Dance Stores Adelaide:

The Stage Shop – Adelaide CBD
(08) 8231 9554

Dance FX – Unley SA
(08) 8272 2668

Dance FX – Windsor Gardens SA
(08) 8266 0666



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