Zumba has been a popular dance-style cardio workout option since the early 1990s, and it shows no signs of slowing. The high-energy, low-medium impact moves, and fun Latin rhythms keep fitness enthusiasts so well entertained that it’s easy to forget you’re in a fitness class. One of the joys of dance fitness is that you get to go wild with your fashion choices. This is different than simple cross training or running options where you may be lucky enough to get a bright colored pair of shoes to remind you that you should be having fun. Dance fitness IS fun and everything from the music choices to the pattern of your socks can reflect that. But before getting carried away, it’s important to know the basics. While any type of general fitness gear can be worn on your body as long as it’s close to the skin and breathes, your Zumba routine requires the right pair of shoes to offset injury and help improve your overall movement.
The trouble with most fitness enthusiasts is that they attempt to combine fitness shoes for a number of options. While this may work fine for certain workouts such as strength training, circuit training, stretch programs, and even track, basic cross trainers do not work for dance fitness programs such as Zumba. This is because the typical cross trainers are constructed with far too much bounce, grip, and padding for dance work. The best Zumba shoes include a feature known as a pivot point, which allows free movement on any type of flooring or carpeted surface. Some of the better athletic shoe companies are beginning to combine their fitness shoes to incorporate the needs of dance fitness enthusiasts. New Balance is one of the brands doing so with the New Balance 867.
These New Balance Zumba dance shoes have a lightweight, ultra breathable synthetic mesh upper that comes in your choice of calm, neutral, or eye popping colors. Minimal, no-sew seems on the tongue and throughout the shoe construction make irritation a thing of the past. Multi-density internal insert and lace locking system helps ensure all day comfort and security from the moment your foot enters the shoe. Decent arch support and a secure heel cup keep your feet in place. Zumba shoes by nature have minimal cushioning compared to other types of fitness footwear. So Depending on your cushioning needs, you may find it beneficial to add extra inserts. Always go with what feels right to you.
Injection-molded EVA midsole foam absorbs shock, provides extra bounce when and where needed, and provides extra durability. But the icing on the cake is the forefoot pivot point – a necessary feature for any dance fitness program. Without the essential pivot point in the front of the shoe, you can’t get the swivel needed to avoid knee and joint pain so common to this type of exercise routine. And since they are New Balance, you can rest assured your ankles are supported – to avoid unnecessary rolling – and the rest of your cross training needs are addressed in a single pair of New Balance Zumba dance shoes.