Zumba classes are all the rage right now. You can even buy DVDs and video games that teach you Zumba dance moves. Many people are trying it and I am no exception. I tried a class and loved it and then encouraged friends to join me regularly at an area class.
I love how great of a workout I get and the fact that an hour goes by so quickly. It is also a lot of fun. My only complaint was that my ankles would ache after class. I soon found out that the running shoes I was wearing to class provided too much friction. I researched some dance sneakers and discovered that not only did I not want to add that cost to my budget, but they are not very supportive for anyone with foot issues.
Dance sneakers are designed to provide limited friction so that pivots and glides are smooth. Running shoes on the other hand are designed to provide friction so that you don’t slip and slide while running.
My dilemma was that I needed the support for my arches that my running shoes provided, but the limited friction that dance sneakers provide. The solution was shoe slips, which are an easy, low cost way to turn your running shoes in to shoes appropriate for Zumba.
How to Make Shoe Slips for Zumba Class
These shoe slips take limited supplies and sewing skills. With just some elastic, ribbon, and thread, you will create a more enjoyable dance workout experience.
I used 1.5″ elastic and ribbon which can be bought at any store that sells fabric and sewing notions. The measurements used here will make a a one-size-fits-most size.
Cut Elastic 4.5″ in length.
Cut Ribbon 7″ in length.
With right sides together, sew a straight stitch 1/2″ from the edge on one side.
Reinforce with 1-2 more straight line stitches over the first one.
Repeat stitching the the other side.
Turn so that the right sides are facing outward and seam faces inward.
Wear so that the elastic is over the bottom sole of your shoe under the ball of your foot. By placing the elastic over the point of your foot where your pivots and glides originate from you create a smooth surface and will not have the friction you once had. The ribbon will cover the sides and top of your shoe.
There are some fun ribbon prints out there; I just chose to use ribbon that I already owned. Also, I suggest using black elastic so that dirt will not show up.
I have used these for a half dozen classes already and they show minimal wear. I also made a pair for a friend at the same time and she has said she immediately noticed a difference and that they really work and missed them greatly when she forgot them for a recent class.
Have fun dancing!