best shoes for swing dancing

A Review of the Best Shoes for Swing Dancing

Finding the Right Swing-Dancing Shoes

There are so many reasons to love swing dancing, it’s easy to pick-up, it’s a great workout and it’s so fun!

Whether you’re a beginner or you’re a pro, looking for a new pair for your collection, we’re going to be explaining exactly what you should be looking for in swing dancing shoes, and point out the best swing dancing shoes available online today.

When it comes to finding the best shoes, it all depends on the style of dance you’ll be trying and your personal preference of style. We’ll be explaining which shoes are best for each occasion, but we’ll start with the most important factor to consider with swing dancing shoes, the sole!

Types of Sole

Rubber soles would be traditionally worn when dancing the Lindy Hop, this would be performed in street shoes as they are much stickier, meaning you’ll grip to the floor better when moving fast but this can make it very difficult to spin.

Leather soles are the most popular choice for swing dancers, especially if you’re practicing a smooth style swing like Balboa, as they slide along the floor so you can spin around with ease.

Flats or Heels?

Heels

 The most important factor when buying heels is that the heel should be small to medium in height, and wide in diameter. Ideally they will be strong and sturdy so you don’t twist an ankle and I prefer to wear closed toe shoes when swing dancing as I hate getting my feet trodden on, with straps so they don’t slide off!

Flats

Undoubtedly the most popular style of swing-dancing shoes especially for the Lindy Hop, are canvas style pumps or plimsolls. A popular choice is Keds, they’ve got a rubber sole that is amazing for dancing outside, they’re comfortable and they look amazing.

Best Swing Dancing Shoes With a Heel

Traditionally swing dancing was performed in whatever women wore out on the town, so some ladies would wear shoes with a little heel.

This is still the same today, not everyone will be in flat pumps and you can get some excellent swing dance shoes with a small heel.

If you’re new to swing dancing, and have your heart set on wearing heels, I suggest starting with a smaller wider heel and working your way up.

Jig Foo Women’s Dance Shoe

The Jig Foo Collection of swing dancing shoes are elegant and stylish ballroom shoes that I would recommend to any beginners who are looking to wear heels.

They are great for swing dancing as they are made from black synthetic leather meaning they are lightweight, and they have a small 1.6” heel with elastic straps keeping them tight to your foot.

These dancing shoes have rave reviews online for swing; they are easy to put on with amazing support.

If swing dancing isn’t your only passion, these shoes are very versatile you can wear them for Latin, Quickstep, Viennese waltz, Salsa, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, ChaChaCha, Swing, Disco, Samba and Jive.

  • Great support
  • Snug fit gives you confidence in heels
  • Elegant appearance
  • Not the best traction

Jig Foo Practice swing dancing shoes

The second pair from the Jig Foo Collection comes in slightly cheaper but made with just as impressive quality.

If you’re looking for elegant dancing shoes with a heel but also comfort, then these are shoes for you. The heel is perfect for swing-dancers who are new to wearing heels because it is smallish in height (1”) and wide in diameter, meaning you’ll be stable on your feet.

There is an ankle strap to keep them tight and a metal shank embedded from the heel to protect your arches.

These shoes come with a suede sole. There is a choice of 3 decorative colours, all black, gold and silver.

  • Small heel for comfort
  • Choice of colour and design to match any swing dancing outfit
  • Good price
  • The buckle can be difficult if you're needing to take the shoes off and on quickly

Tic-Tac-Toes Women's Swing dancing shoes

In our opinion these are the number 1 heeled swing dancing shoes that you can buy online.

Based out of New York, USA Tic-Tac-Toes have made an excellent pair of stylish, real leather swing dancing shoes that feature an asymmetrical top strap that has a slide buckle for infinite adjustments.

They come in 6 different colours so you can buy a pair to match any swing dancing outfit that you own!

The best feature of these shoes is their sizing, whether you have extra narrow feet, or extra wide, they have a size to fit you perfectly!

The sole – these shoes use real leather for the ball of your foot and rubber for the heel, this will give you ultimate traction and glide around the dance floor. The suede is thicker, providing dancers with soft cushioning; it also lasts longer than your typical sole so you are guaranteed to keep these shoes for a while!

  • Unique strap design
  • Wide variety of colours and sizes
  • Strong strap and buckle for added support
  • Cannot adjust the strap mush as the strap widens

Dress first T-bar dance shoes

Last on our list of heeled Swing shoes, are these elegant T-bar shoes. They’re genuine leather with a soft breathable lining, to keep you cool as you dance.

The sole is made from a thin piece of suede so be careful not to wear them outside as they’ll spoil. 

They are quite narrow at the toe so perhaps not so good for those of you with wider set feet.

Swing dancing was originally performed in street shoes, so these aren’t conventional but they make any swing dancing outfit look so great!

  • Breathable lining
  • Can be worn for lots of different dance styles
  • Leather upper and suede sole, perfect for Swing dancing
  • Can come up narrow. If your feet are wild we recommend buying a shoe size up

Stick on Suede Soles for Heels

Turn your favourite heels into suede soled dancing shoes in a matter of minutes, or use these soles to repair a worn-out pair of existing dance shoes. Very easy to apply, perfect for wooden dance floors.

Don’t worry about cutting the right shape out of a sheet of suede. the soles are shaped optimally for fitting most high-heeled ladies’ shoes while providing an excellent dance experience. If you do find the soles to be too big, you can cut the excess with regular household scissors.

Best Flat Swing Dancing Shoes

Ollio Women's Classic Lace Up

If you like to bring that vintage look to your Swing dancing classes – these wing tip Oxfords bring class and comfort in one.

They’re light, made from a high quality material that is durable and doesn’t scuff over time. If they do get dirty (like most Swing dancing shoes do) you can simply wipe them and they’ll be good as new.

Unless you have high arches and usually use an insole, these shoes are true to size so you can be confident they’ll fit like a glove.

They come built with a rubber sole, so they’re perfect for those that love dancing with a bit of traction to catch you as you move quickly. For those that prefer suede soles, you can always stick some suede (see above).

  • Cute vintage look
  • Small heel/ flat, perfect for practicing Swing dancing
  • Comfortable and secure
  • Rubber sole can make it difficult to do fast movements

Keds Champion Sneakers

These canvas Keds sneakers are perfect for Swing dancing. They’re made from a comfortable canvas material and available in over 10 different colours and styles, to match any outfit.

These swing dancing shoes are great for any foot shape or size because they’re available in multiple widths.

They come with a cushioned insole to help your feet and knees during long hours of practice! Amazing for those that need extra arch support.

They can be stiff, so may need a few sessions to wear them in. 

  • Great arch support from the insoles
  • Thick soles to take some of the impact of Swing dancing
  • Durable
  • So much choice of colour, you can buy a number of pairs to match any Swing dancing outfit
  • Can be a stiff material for some, wear them around the house before taking them to class

If you’re new to Swing dancing but practice another style, jazz shoes are a good alternative to what we’ve mentioned here.

That’s it for our review of the best Swing dancing shoes in 2019. I know that each person has a unique taste when it comes to dance shoes, so there is plenty of choice to suit your style!

As I mentioned before, my current favourite are the Tic-Tac-Toes women’s Swing dancing shoes, they’ve got a unique, modern design and come available in a number of different colours.

Most importantly, they’re so comfortable and barely feel like you’re wearing heels.

I hope you like this review; please let us know about your favourites if they haven’t made the list. We’ve also got an article on The Best Clothes for Swing Dancing, so you can really look the part!

3 thoughts on “A Review of the Best Shoes for Swing Dancing”

  1. Brian Barakauskas

    Thanks for sharing great collection for a shoe. I recommended this list to one of my friends and she is using jig foo to practice dance. She Feels more comfortable now!

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