Ballet, ballroom and other studio dances have tried and true standards for which shoes work best. In these cases, the soles are often suede or leather to offer the dancer the ability to turn and slide smoothly over a smooth, clean surface.
Hip hop, crumpling, popping and locking and other street manners usually have only one element in common, and that is the inability to anticipate the circumstances of the outcome. When your stage can be anywhere from a sidewalk to a parking lot for concrete stairs or cobblestones, you need a versatile shoe that can withstand the difficulties of the outdoor area while offering you the flexibility of a dance shoe.
Dance shoes are a split thus dance shoe that is designed to enable dancers to point their feet and even dance and pointe. But these are not necessarily a good choice for street dancing, as the split sole can be caught on rough surfaces and pointed feet are a priority. Sneakers are usually made of a soft leather that is not durable or supportive enough for street dancing.
Street dancing shoes should fit snugly. It is important that the shoes are kept in place and feel like a part of the dancer’s body, an extension of the feet. Shoes that are loose can cause damage, which can be loosely tied with laces. Double tying the strings and stapling them can help prevent tripping. It is also always a good idea to warm up before, and stretch after, any intense physical activity.
Although a shoe claims that they are designed for street dancing, if they do not have a business, flexible structure, they may be unsafe. Uneven ground and improvisation measures mean that some part of the shoe may come into contact with the ground. Shoes must also be light to avoid straining the ankle with a lot of weight and must always squeeze the feet.
Most trainers will work as street dancing shoes if they have a firm, flexible, flat sole and good support.
Adidas Superstar is a street dance shoe that is popular through its high quality performance and sponsorship of the hip hop group Run DMC. The look of this shoe has become a classic in street dance, especially the rubber train that can withstand force and uneven terrain while protecting the dancer’s feet.
Bloch, a long-time manufacturer of dance shoes, makes a street dance shoe with a professional edge. Classic has breathable leather and a spin stain on the sole, as well as a removable metal clip to keep baggy pants out of the way. In any dance, there are three factors that determine the quality of the movement: the dancer, the shoes and the floor … in this order. Good quality shoes will not be replaced, but they are important for removing obstacles such as excessive friction that can hinder the dancer’s performance. Appropriate shoes give a dancer the freedom to dance without obstacles. Hip hop, break dancing and other street dances present a greater challenge than more traditional studio dances when it comes to finding good shoes.