RYKA is a name that is synonymous with women’s athletic shoes. Designed for the unique shape of a woman’s foot with a wider front and narrower heel, their line of women’s footwear offers an amazingly comfortable fit.
All of this is important in a Zumba exercise class. You need a pair of athletic shoes that can protect and support your ankles and feet from any injuries that can occur during a high impact aerobic dance class. Since this is a dance class, you will also need shoes that can pivot and turn with your body to help protect you from painful knee and hip injuries.
While there are plenty of cross training and athletic shoes that are designed for Zumba, we wanted to review one of our favorite pairs. Whether you are an aerobic dance teacher or just starting out in your first Zumba class, we think the RYKA Women’s Synergy Shoes will be perfect for you.
RYKA Women’s Synergy Shoe
Categorized as a studio fitness shoe, they were designed to perform during high impact aerobic workouts. The Zumba dance shoes feature leather and mesh construction that helps to keep your feet dry and seat free while also being extremely durable.
The midsole cushioning helps to protect your arches against impact shock, while the rubber outer sole is flexible and provides gripping traction. Bend and pivot easily with these shoes, while also being able to stop all of your glides. There is also spring-like cushioning included in the heel of the shoes.
For a secure fit every time, the front lacing closure and additional Velcro strap help to keep these shoes firmly on your feet, and prevent your feet from sliding around inside of the shoes. Designed to help with proper foot placement, these shoes are ideal for anyone who loves Zumba classes.
Pros and Cons
The Synergy shoes from RYKA have the advantage of being designed for studio fitness classes. This means that they have the gripping tread that you need for smooth wood dance floors. The shoes are available in several stylish colors, and their cute design is both supportive and fashionable.
The Zumba dance shoes are lightweight and flexible, which helps to prevent leg fatigue and certain foot injuries. With a stable rubber outer sole and heel cushioning, they can help you keep up with the faster dance rhythms.
One of the major cons to these stylish fitness shoes is that they do not provide a lot of support for women that are suffering from weak knees or a prior knee injury. While the heel cushioning does protect against some impact shock, it is not enough for some women.
Another disadvantage is the shoe’s design. Not all women have narrower heels than men, and if you have a wider, flat foot these shoes may not be a comfortable fit.
Who Should Wear These Shoes
RYKA Synergy fitness shoes are ideal for women with high to medium arches that love high impact aerobic dance classes. Their fun and stylish design looks great with any exercise outfit, and they are made to perform in a studio fitness setting.
The shoes can help to support and protect ankles, and help keep painful shin splints from developing. If you need a lightweight and supportive exercise shoe, then these might be the pair that you are looking for.
There durable design will last through hundreds of Zumba workout classes, and the side to side foot support can help to prevent injuries. Midsole cushioning and additional padding in the heel help to absorb any impact shock.
Fun, stylish, and comfortable, these Zumba exercise shoes are quickly becoming a favorite at the gym.
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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