You will have a lot of Zumba instructors and fellow classmates all try and tell you that running shoes are not designed for Zumba. You will be told that running shoes are too inflexible and have way too much traction to be able to perform the frequent pivots, turns, and slides that are a large part of any Zumba exercise routine.
While some running shoes may not be designed for Zumba or other fitness dance classes, there are some that are lightweight, flexible, and have less traction than other running shoes. The running shoes best suited for Zumba classes will not be designed for strenuous off road runs, but can give you great performance on shorter distance track runs. If you are cross training and using Zumba as a part of your endurance training, or simply like the cushioning that running shoes provide, we have some of the best Zumba fitness shoes that can give you the best of both worlds.
Recommended Best Running Shoes for Zumba
Styled after traditional running shoes, including a padded ankle collar and foot bed cushioning. The synthetic and mesh construction is lightweight, flexible and durable, along with offering breathable comfort. The rubber sole gives you balance and traction, along with the forefront grooves that help the shoes move with your feet. Easily go from the studio dance floor to the track in these stylish low cut running shoes.
These low cut sleek running and dance shoes are stylish and fun, along with being able to improve your performance. The leather and textile construction is flexible and durable, while the mesh upper helps to keep your feet from sweating or overheating. The ortho sock liner not only improves the shoes fit, but also helps to protect from impact shock. A outer sole with both pivot points and gripping traction lets you easily move across the studio dance floor. The front lacing closure ensures a secure fit, and the laces can be changed out for different styles and looks.
Designed like a running shoe but fashioned to fit into any colorful Zumba dance class, this pair of RYKA Women’s athletic footwear features that best of both worlds. The padded tongue and color, along with added bounce in the insole is ideal for both sprinting and for jumping. The mid sole gives you plenty of shock absorbing support, while the outer sole provides plenty of traction on slippery tracks and studio dance floors. The raised and rounded toe also makes it easy to pivot and turn to all of your favorite Zumba dance music.
While this SPIRA running shoe may look heavy and bulky, it is actually surprising lightweight and flexible. It offers plenty of arch support, and is also ideal for weak knees and hips with a slightly raised heel. The Eva rubber sole is shock absorbent with plenty of traction, while the rounded toe makes it easy to slide through all of your dance moves. A rounded, cushioned foot bed and mid sole with springs make these some of the best shoes for Zumba and running.
These running shoes for Zumba were designed to cushion and pamper your feet. The synthetic and mesh construction is durable and flexible, and the rubber sole provides plenty of traction and balance. It is the cushioning and arch support that is included in these shoes that makes them stand apart. The raised heel gives you an extra push whether you are running or jumping, while the gel cushioning system protects the back of your foot. Mid sole cushioning and support, along with bounce back foam, make these some of the best performing shoes for cross training and aerobic dance.
I am licensed to teach Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Toning®, Zumba Gold-Toning®, Zumba® Sentao™ and Zumba in the Circuit® classes.I am also CPR/AED Certified by the American Red Cross. I regularly attend continuing education classes including Zumba® Jam sessions to bring my classes fun and fresh new choreography.
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