Ballroom, Latin Shoes For Women:

Women’s ballroom and Latin shoes are mostly available in flesh colors or white satin. White satin shoes should be dyed to match your flesh color (or your hose or your fake tan color). This general rule was made based on the concept that matching your shoe color to your flesh color extends your leg line. It is freeing, because you don’t have to worry, your shoes will go with any color costume/dress. If you get satin shoes dirty or wet (Don’t keep water bottles in your shoe bag!), they can be bleached (1/3 bleach and 2/3 water) and redyed. (The bleach smell can linger- plan to air them out). Some floors require heel protectors. Purchase them when you buy your shoes- about $2 to $5.

Elastic StrapsInternational Latin , American Rhythm, and Salsa shoes are generally open toed, 2 1/2” to 3 1/2”, slim or flared heel. T-strap or ankle-strap is acceptable. Shoes with a heel cup are more stable. Wear the style that fits you best.

International Standard shoes traditionally have a 2 1/2" slim heel, are closed toed, and have no straps. They can also have one strap across the top of the foot and/or a flared heel. If your shoe does not have a strap you may want to buy clear elastic bands (pictured here) that go around the arches of your feet so they can stay on properly. The tips of these shoes tend to be pointy. Unless you have a narrow foot, it can be tricky to find one that fits well. If you need a shoe with more room in the toe box area, try DANSport England. I wear them with "Superfeet" inserts.

American Smooth shoes are generally 2 to 2 ½” heel, closed toed or have a small opening at the toe (similar to wedgies), they can have straps. Usually they look like a cross between a standard court shoe and a Latin heel. They are usually more flexible than international standard shoes.