Is it better to dance barefoot or in heels?
Pole dancing shoes are one of the most fun ways to play and express yourself, however, are they really safe for exercise and fitness purposes?
I only teach barefoot. I have herniated 2 discs in my lower back and for me, pole dancing is all about health and fitness. Although heels are sexy, they are very unhealthy for your posture and back.
I am a FIRM believer in ballet training including proper dance form, posture, and technique which means being able to feel the floor with your feet. My way of teaching pole dancing is for health and fitness only promoting balance, muscular strength, inner confidence, and flexibility. I do not promote the use of heels because they do not promote true health on a physical or emotional level. Heels are known to cause back pain and even lead to back surgery for many women.
For example, one main reason we love heels is that it makes our legs look longer. Who decided that longer legs were best and the legs that you currently have are bad? I think it is emotionally healthier for a woman to love who she is, just the way she while she is on the road to better health.
On the flip side, I do know that girls truly love their heels and have free choice to have fun with them while pole dancing. Heels are part of the pole dancing fashion.
So if you’re going to use heels, here are some great pointers:
Pole dancing shoes are typically known for thick platforms and spiky heels. However, there are pole fitness dancing shoes that are more for the athletic type pole dancer. So really, it depends on whether you are practicing for competition or just a home user who loves to be sexy while getting in shape or maybe both!
If you already know you want to pole dance in heels, then I suggest starting with boots and then working up to heels. Start with thicker heels at first and then you can work into dancing in thin spiky heels. Do not start learning to dance in heels with a spiky heeled shoe! A thin heel is more likely to put you off balance and lead to a slip or fall, not to mention more nasty bruises. Preventing and treating bruises is already bad enough in pole, we don’t need to go making it worse with bad shoes.
Safety is so important when doing this as you don’t want to twist an ankle. Use the sturdiest shoes you can find, especially if you are a beginner. Remember you are dancing in these shoes so they need to stand up to some use that is beyond the average user. Also, consider learning how to pole dance without heels first, then put them on once you have the hang of it, ESPECIALLY if you have no dance experience and need to learn good dance technique.
A good pair of pole dancing shoes with heels will cost you at least $50 or more (hopefully more). You don’t want to go cheap and skimp; you could seriously be hurt if the shoe fails mid-performance. Remember to get a shoe that straps on the ankle is best.
There are all kinds of fun pole dancing shoes, from lighted ones to all colors imaginable.
While pole dancing shoes that are heels are a fun way to express yourself when pole dancing, they are not always good for a woman’s back, nor appropriate for fitness reasons.
We discourage the use of heels and focus more on fitness and athletics.
If you are more into the athletic end of pole then you already know that bare feet are the most common way to dance. But what if your feet are hurting? There is a solution.
That solution is Foot Undeez made by Capezio. Dancers have long used this dance sandal to protect the feet against blisters, sores, and other wear and tear of being a dancer.
This shoe fits Pole dancing for exercise as well. They will give you the feel of bare feet while protecting your feet during turns, foot drags, pirouettes, and the like.
They also come in different colors and prints as well!