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HOW TO GET THE RIGHT FIT

Everyone’s “Shoe Formula” is different because not two feet are made the same.  Most companies do not believe in sharing all its information about its shoes, but Discount Salsa Shoes believes that the more information you have, the better our customers will be in making the right choice when buying shoes online.  Below are several tools for you to use including articles on understanding your Foot Type and the differences between styles, and various charts on the measurements of the shoes we carry.  If after reviewing the below you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us under “pre-order”.

ARTICLES

SHOE SIZE CHARTS – LADIES

SHOE SIZE CHARTS – GIRLS

SHOE SIZE CHARTS – SNEAKERS

SHOE SIZE CHARTS – MENS

SHOE SIZE CHARTS – BOYS


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When Do I Buy Shoes?

Any woman would tell you…ANY TIME YOU FEEL LIKE IT!  But this short article is to address the wear and tear of shoes and WHY you need to buy dance shoes.

WHY?

So you dance in a pair of Pumas and they seem to be just fine or you have a favorite pair of 4″ heels that have always worked great at the local club.  The problem is that “street” shoes are NOT dance shoes.  Would you jog in either?  No? Why not?  Because it’s not the right equipment.  The right equipment helps prevent injuries like wear and tear on your knees and hips from rubber soles or twisted and broken ankles from wearing a heel that was too high and not equipped to withstand some inexperienced partner who decides to spin you 10 times as fast as he can.

You’ll find that suede soled shoes or split soled shoes actually allow you to be quicker on your feet…your feet won’t stick to the floor…allowing you to handle multiple spins.  In addition, a good ballroom shoe allows you the flexibility you need to stay on your toes and point your foot.

WHEN?

If you’re taking classes, social dancing and/or participating in a dance team…?  At LEAST every 3 months!  Dance shoes are like running shoes.  Once you get so many hours of wear into them, the padding will start to break down…it’s time to break in a new pair!  If the overall material and shape of the shoe is in good condition, many times you can simply have a shoe cobble add additional suede to the bottom.


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Getting the Right Fit for Your Foot Type

There are several factors to take into account when determining the right fit for your foot type, or what we like to call, your “Shoe Formula”.  Most believe the width of your foot is all that determines a fit, but you also have style, material, straps, heel height and even padding…yes padding!  But let’s start off with the basics…measurements…

FACTOR #1:  Measurements

Measure your foot!  Wearing the socks you would typically wear when dancing, stand on a piece of paper and mark the top, bottom and both sides of your foot.  Afterwards, measure it with a measuring tape rounding UP!  Once you have your measurements, you can compare them to the charts charts.

FACTOR #2:  Style

Looking at the photo below, if you had a WIDE foot, which do you think would be more comfortable?  Which shoe to do you think will last longer?  Which shoe will offer less “pinch”?

Dancing is NOT walking.  You will be sweating, your feet will swell and you’ll be changing directions fairly quickly…it’s running in heels!  So the shoe that offers more coverage across the toe is the best fit for most.  More coverage and more straps will distribute the energy evenly across the foot which puts less strain on a single strap..thus making the shoe more comfortable and last longer.

But sometimes you don’t have a choice and you have to wear strappy shoes.  So what can you do?  Wear stockings!  Stockings will keep your toes in the shoe as well as add support to your legs.  And FISHNETS are sexy with any outfit!

FACTOR #3:  Straps

There are several types of straps and most dancers have a preference.  These include SlipOn, LaceUp, Low-Single, Mary Jane, High-Crossing, Low-Crossing, HighLow Crossing, T-Strap and various combos of each.

Each type of strap will offer a different type of support.  If you have narrow heels, for example, the Low-Crossing, High-Crossing and HighLow Crossing straps will probably fit you best.  If your ankles swell, you may want to stay away from High Crossing straps and opt for a T-Strap, Low Crossing or Single Strap shoe.  For dance teams, a Low-Crossing or T-Strap usually fit most of your dancers the best.

FACTOR #4:  Material

Dance shoes will stretch but just how much and how fast is determined by the material.  If you have a leather shoe with stictchings across the toe, that shoe will not stretch as fast as a satin shoe.

If you have a wide foot, or have issues with bunions, look at the satins and the mesh styles.  They’re softer and easier on the foot.

If you need a durable shoe for practice, look at the leathers and premium satins.

FACTOR #5:  Heels & Padding

The higher the heel the more the foot will be pushed forward into the toe box.  If you have any type of foot issues, it’s highly recommended you stick with the lower heels.  High arches can make a foot seem wide as well.

Many of our styles come with premium microbial durable padding.  Because this padding does not “give” like the lower priced shoes, it makes the shoe “appear” to be smaller.  Men usually have a more difficult time with this because men typically do not like tight shoes but they want the added padding.  My recommendation is to get a shoe that fits in length with socks, and allow the shoe time to form to your foot.  You’ll get more wear out of them this way.

FACTOR #6:  Toe Box

So, which toe box is best for you?  Open, Closed or Peep toe?  I say ALL of them!

Unless you have a very wide or very narrow foot, you could very well need a variety of each.  For example, if you are anticipating social dancing in a VERY crowded situation, closed toe shoes will save your toes!  For situations like that, I will actually wear Dancing Boots to protect my calves as well.  If you want to do a higher heel and your foot tends to slide forward, a Peep Toe is the perfect solutions!  If you need more wiggle room and flexibility…if you need to “feel the floor”…an Open Toe is the perfect fit.  So, play around with the different styles and let the situation dictate which shoe you’ll need for that night.

Most dancers will size down by a half to get a really good snug fit, but for normal to wide customers, moving to a peep or closed toe shoe means you lose wiggle room.  I would recommend buying true to size and adjusting the strap types to get the perfect fit.  For example, I know I’ll be wearing thick socks with my Dancing Boots, so I purchase a half size larger.  I also love customizing the PP201 Closed Toe shoe, so I buy my normal size to give my foot the width it needs, but the low crossing straps keep the shoe snug to my foot.

FACTOR #7:  Width Sizes

I saved this one for last because not everyone knows their true width.  Many wide customers are actually normal, and many normal customers are actually narrow.

NARROW

Issue:  If you are narrow, your foot tends to slide “through” the opening of a shoe.  This does not include those with narrow heels…this is just those that are narrow across the width.  Narrow customers have it hard.  Most will simply purchase shoes 2x smaller just to get a snug fit leaving their toes either hanging way over the edge exposed to possible injuries or their toes are forced into a cramped space.

Solution:  Measure your foot and purchase based on the length you need.  After you know your length, order a Custom Shoe!  It’s ONLY $5 to $15 more than the regular price and you get to design the perfect shoe!  But if you can’t wait 6 weeks for a custom shoe, buy Peep or Closed Toe shoes.  Some Vendor Styles tend to fit more narrow than other as well (ex:  Competitive Dancers Ballroom Shoes or the Signature Series).  Another option is to wear socks or use Comfort Pads.  This will help eliminate some of the “gap” in the toe box.  Also, remember the issue about higher heels!  The higher the heel, the more your foot is pushed forward.  Again, look into our Comfort Pads which are specially designed for dancing.  Another solution is to wear Clear Plastic Straps around SlipOn shoes.  This will also help keep the shoe in place.

NORMAL

Issue:  Hated by all!

Solution:  Dance with all!

WIDE

Issue:  Most of my true wide customers tend to have larger feet in girth as well.  For true wides, the shoe is painfully uncomfortable and tend to feel like they’re made for small children.  Many of the strappy styles cause pinky toes to pop out of the shoes or they cut off circulation.  You can have a narrow heel and still have a wide foot, or a high instep can cause you to have a wider foot in girth (around the foot).

Solution:   Measure your foot.  Most can purchase their street size, but if you have a very wide foot, go up at least half to a full size…unless you have a narrow heel.  But as I mentioned before, the easiest solutions is to order a Custom Shoe for only $5 or $15 more than the regular price and you get to design the perfect shoe!  But if you can’t wait 6 weeks, look at the Open Toe shoes, especially ones that adjust across the foot.  Also, stay away from shoes with small, very few straps across the foot like described in Factor #2.  You can bling your own shoes out if you truly like those styles.  Your foot will thank  you later.  Also, avoid higher heels since it pushes your weight forward.  Unlike Narrow feet, your foot has no where to go, and you’ll be in for a very painful night.  For men, start off with the Wide Styles and remember that patents do NOT stretch like leather.  You can also look at most of the SERO styles which fit wide for many.


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Understanding the Different Styles…they’re not all alike!

This article only addresses the styles from Very Fine Dance Shoes.

If you’re new to purchasing dance shoes, you are probably confused on why some styles look alike but have slightly different style numbers like in the example below:

Even though each shoe contains “1606”, they are VERY different in HOW they are made and how much they COST.  The 1606 is an affordable shoe for most but may not offer enough support.  The SERA1606 offers excellent arch support but some may not like the quality.  The C1606 is a higher quality shoe with better padding but it does not offer quick release buckle.

So how do you choose a shoe that is right for your needs?  You’ll find below the descriptions of each style of shoe starting with the most affordable styles, to the professional styles to the club styles.

CLASSICS

The Classics all start with a number (example: 1606) and are part of our largest collection with lots of styles and colors to choose from.  This classic ballroom dance shoe is a great bargain for quality dancing shoes.  We recommend this shoe to beginners because most beginners do not understand their ballroom fit preference yet.  Just because you LOVE a sexy sandal with ankle straps on the streets, does not mean that same style will work for dance class or on the dance floor.  Some find that the High-Crossing ankle straps actually can be constricting or cause swelling.  So a beginner may go through several styles before he/she discovers the styles best for them (see previous article).

PROS:

  • Wide variety of fun styles
  • Wide variety of heel styles
  • Wide variety of colors & patterns
  • Full shank for sturdy support (the flex is in the toes)
  • Easily customization for only $5
  • Large in stock inventory
  • Fits most like their street shoe size
  • Popular quick release buckles

CONS:

  • Material is not premium
  • Padding is not premium
  • Not ideal for heavy or long term use
    (more than one class a week + social dancing every week + team practice)

SALSERAS / SALSEROS

Very Fine started working with a new warehouse on a more sturdy shoe for Salsa dancers called the Salsera Series (starts with “SERA” or “SERO”).  I would say that it’s comparable to the Classic Series except that the 2.5″ heels are a bit wider and the shank offers a strong sturdy support.  This shoe is offered in a lot of stylish patterns and colors that are popular with Salsa dancers.

PROS:

  • A large variety of fun styles
  • Stylish colors & patterns
  • Full and longer shank for sturdy support (the flex is in the toes)
  • Great shoe for wider customers
  • Fits most like their street shoe size
  • Popular quick release buckles

CONS:

  • Material is not premium
  • Padding is not premium
  • Can fit longer and wider
  • Heavier in weight
  • Can NOT customize
  • Not ideal for heavy or long term use
    (more than one class a week + social dancing every week + team practice)

CSERIES

So you need the sturdiness of the Classic Series (start with “C”), a higher quality of padding and material, but you don’t want to break your bank.  The CSeries by Very Fine is the next best thing.  You get most of your favorite styles as the Classic Series, but made from a higher quality material.  This shoes is ideal for dancers that are taking numerous dance classes, social dancing and/or participating on a student dance team.

PROS:

  • Traditional buckles
  • Professional ultra suede soles
  • Minimal shank for better flexibility
  • Forms to foot nicely
  • Cushioned insole for shock absorption and comfort
  • Customizable with limits for only $15
  • Ultra lightweight

CONS:

  • Limited styles and patterns
  • Additional padding makes the shoe appear smaller

SIGNATURE SERIES

The Signature Series (start with “S”) is a professional line from Very Fine.  “Professional” only means that it was designed with professional dancers and dance veterans in mind.  Professional dancers have specifics needs like a fully flexible shoe, premium padding and material that can withstand hours of practice time.  This shoe is NOT recommended for beginners or those not familiar with ballroom shoes or those that have medical issues with their feet because of the ultra flexibility this shoe offers.

PROS:

  • Traditional buckles
  • Professional ultra suede soles
  • Minimal shank for better flexibility
  • Forms to foot nicely
  • Cushioned insole for shock absorption and comfort
  • Customizable with limits for only $15
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Shorter toe box for those that like to hug the dance floor

CONS:

  • Limited styles and patterns
  • Additional padding makes the shoe appear smaller

PARTY PARTY SERIES

The Party Party Series (start with “PP”) is just like the Signature Series but offers fun and fashionable designs like Dancing Boots!  My long time customers know how much I LOVE customizing this series.  See the Pink Patent (yes…PINK patent) shoes above.  And my dancing boots are my most worn pair of dancing shoes because I love the protection they offer.

COMPETITIVE DANCERS

The Competitive Dancers Series (start with “CD”) is just a beautiful professional line with silky smooth premium satin.  This shoe is ultra flexible and ultra lightweight.  For professionals and dancers who need a more pointed toes vs the squared toe of the Signature Series, this is the shoe for you.

The traditional ballroom styles in this Series delivers a nice snug fit with lots of added padding in all the right places lasting 10x longer than other major brands.  Made from Premium satins, this shoe is not only soft and silky, but easier to clean than traditional satins.  You will also find the outer soles made from Professional Ultra-Soft Suede delivers the HIGHEST performance.

  • EXTRA PADDED FOOTBED! Comfort & Durability!
  • EXTRA THICK MEMORY SHOCK ABSORPTION PADDING!
  • NON-SLIP NANO-FIBER INSOLES!
  • DEODORIZES After Dancing Long Hours!
  • PREMIUM SATINS! Stain Resistance (R3) Satin!
  • ULTRA LIGHT WEIGHT! High Performance Shoes!
  • HALF SHANK for Quickness & Flexibility!
  • QUICK RELEASE Buckles!


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