Best Shoes for Jazzercise in 2020: Definitive!

Jazzercise is a groovy variation of a total-body-workout where a person utilizes dance moves, aerobics, yoga, and strength training to the rhythm of an up-tempo song. Similar to the dance/exercise hybrid of Zumba, the flow of your movement during a jazzercise session activate multiple muscles of the body, inviting them to get moving and the adrenaline flowing like battery acid through your veins. A jazzercise can burn a lot of calories, enhance core strength, and tone your muscles all together.

To get the optimal benefits from a workout, a jazzercise enthusiast should also invest in the proper equipment; especially their shoes. Because in the physical demands of a jazzercise, it is only natural that they wear shoes that allow for good lateral movement and a fuller range of motion while also being comfortable for wear.
This is where jazzercise shoes come in. A good pair of jazzercise shoes should have a spacious toe box, sufficient cushioning, be light in weight, and allow flexibility in the soles so you can set fire to the floor with all your dance moves.

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. On this list I’ll review what I have found to be the top 5 jazzercise training shoes trending in 2020. If you’re serious about picking a pair, this list will be your guide. If you’re just a casual friend in the neighbourhood reading out of vague interest, I hope you enjoy the experience.

1. Ryka Women's Influence Cross Training Shoe

Best Choice

  • Decent footbed provides more security
  • Use of flex foil and direct fuse layer
  • Can also be useful for other exercises like running
  • Pivot point in outsole allows for more movement
  • Arch and side support not ideal

Material: Mesh | Split Sole: No | Cushioning: Dual density EVA footbed

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Popping this list open is the Ryka Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe. This is a premium quality dance and high-intensity training shoe with a fair few useful features that works great during a jazzercise workout. The upper is made of synthetic mesh that allows for a great deal of breathability. With a design that allows for a spacious forefoot and is narrow around the heel, you will find the shoe fit comfortably to allow you complete stabilization of movement with aplenty space for the foot to move in. The shoes are padded with an anatomical insole that cushions and offers a decent level of rebound upon impact while also giving support to the heel area. This will be useful for absorbing impact on your joints and tendons and allow the workout to be much more comfortable.

The Ryka Influence Shoes also utilize a flex foil and direct fuse layers that offer foot support especially for lateral movements during exercise. Around the midsole is a dual density foam that provides necessary cushioning and a high impact EVA return that restores the sole’s shape every time your foot makes an impact with the ground. The outsoles are composed of rubber that provides quality traction without inhibiting freedom of movement. Strategically place pivot point beneath the sole opens up a range of vertical, horizontal, and circular motion.

I have a few reservations with the shoe however. I do think Ryka could’ve offered more arch support and side support on the mesh upper with this one. But there is no doubt why these shoes have been so popular among Zumba enthusiasts, and those working out in the domain of jazzercise will find these a formidable and reliable pair of training shoes to own as well.

2. RYKA Women's Tenacity Cross-Trainer Shoe

Premium Choice

  • Reinforced heel support
  • Use of flex foil and direct fuse layer
  • Pivot point in outsole allows for more movement
  • Velcro strap for more secure fit
  • Ankle area feels tight

Material: Mesh | Split Sole: No | Cushioning: Precision return footbed

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

What? You didn’t think it was possible Ryka would also occupy second place too? Well that’s testament to how good the shoe brand is when it comes to manufacturing cross training shoes specifically for such exercises.
The Ryka’s Women Tenacity is a high-top cross training shoe that like the preceding entry also offers lateral mobility, a secure footbed, and support to the heel and ankles. The upper is composed of synthetic mesh that is breathable and keeps the feet fresh. There is freedom to lace up the boots while a tight securing Velcro strap over the midfoot also ensures the feet stay into place. Like with the Influence, the Tenacity also features a flex foil and direct fuse layers for maximum support.

The precise return footbed ensures that once your foot makes impact with the ground, the insole will restore back to its original shape. The outsole provides rubber traction and features a pivot point that eases up lateral movement and allows you to transition between dance moves.

I do think that the shoe is too high from the ankles and the tight-fitting might sometimes be discomforting for someone cracking out the Zumba moves. But if that issue is set aside, the Ryka Tenacity shoes are one of the most sufficient for jazzercises.

3. Capezio Women's DS11 Fierce Dansneaker

Bronze Medal

  • Shoes are lightweight
  • The upper is breathable
  • Flex points for greater range of motion
  • Solid arch support from split-soles
  • Shoes can be tight if not one or two sizes larger than street size.

Material: PU leather/Mesh | Split Sole: Yes | Cushioning: Standard

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Capezio has been a known name in the dance footwear industry for around 150 years. They specialize almost exclusively in dance shoes that make them a titan name for jazzercise, aerobics, and Zumba exercises. With the DS11 Fierce Dansneaker, Capezio utilizes some special features meant to increase lateral movement and the demands of a physically tasking workout.

The shoes are refreshingly lightweight and made from nappa PU leather as well as a tech mesh upper with small perforations that allow plenty of air-flow to keep the feet fresh and breathable.

The outsole is made of PU with strategically placed flex points that allow for ease of movement in key areas of the underside of the foot. The split soles enhance a greater degree of arch support that’s helpful for moves that require flexing. At the forepart is a spin spot that makes circular and lateral movements come up much easily.

You need to make sure however that when buying this pair of shoes you get a size larger than street size if you’re a woman and two sizes larger if you’re a man. This will make sure that for the jazzercise sessions you will have a good spacious enough toe-box to get the moves down and feel comfortable. Otherwise you’ll face tightness and discomfort. All in all, the DS11 Fierce Dansneaker by Capezio is a win for anybody who invests in it.

4. Bloch Dance Women's Boost

The Dark Horse

  • Solid and durable construction
  • Split soles for max arch support
  • Good grip and cushioning around the heels
  • Light in weight and good lateral movement
  • Shoes will feel tight if you don’t get one size larger than your standard fit

Material: Leather/textile | Split Sole: Yes | Cushioning: DRT cushioning

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Based on design alone, the Bloch Dance Women’s Boost are my favourite of the lot because of how solid they look. It looks as solid and durable as a vintage muscle car in my opinion. The shoe is composed of natural leather and textile that are very breathable and keep the feet cool. The lightweight nature of the Boost makes them very easy to wear and vary the intensity of your moves without feeling heavy-footed. As you go down the shoe you notice a sporty lace system that is easy to tighten and makes the shoe fit adequately around your foot. A compression molded EVA sockliner with a Dri-Lex lining acts as the comfortable base layer that will keep away wick and moisture from getting to your feet, thus enhancing the overall breathability.

The outsole is also very lightweight and features a massive rubber grip that is split-down the middle. This imbues the sole with a greater layer of flexibility that is also incredibly useful for arch support.
The soles also feature a strategically placed spin spot that makes complete 360 degree turns possible and this will be a major asset to when your dance moves will require rapid circular and lateral movement. Around the heel is a suede grip and DRT cushioning meant to keep the stress on your heels as minimal as possible.

As a disclaimer, I need to advise you that before buying this shoe please order a size and a half larger than the other shoe sizes you wear as dance shoes are sized a little differently and require more space in the toe-box to be comfortable and well-fitted. Otherwise you’d be complaining of tight shoes and that won’t exactly be the shoes’ fault either.

But to sum it up, the Bloch Women’s Boost brings comfort, mobility, and optimal movement together in one great package that would make any wearer proud to own them.

5. ASICS Women's Gel-Fit Tempo 3 Cross Trainer

Super Underrated

  • Super comfortable design
  • GEL Cushioning does great to absorb impact
  • Fit is pretty good
  • Can possibly wear down if constantly used outdoors
  • Cushioning in the forefoot can improve

Material: Mesh| Split Sole: No | Cushioning: GEL Cushioning

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

The ASICS Gel-Fit Tempo 3 is an exceptional pair of cross trainer shoes for jazzercise and it pretty much comes down to the fact that they are conveniently lightweight and feature a very good shock absorbing design.
For one its upper is made of synthetic mesh with very tiny perforations and this allows air to circulate through your feet and keeps them fresh. This improves both breathability and dispels unpleasant odors from accumulating. Based on comfort alone, perhaps the Gel-Fit Tempo 3 is best among the list because it utilizes the patented GEL Cushioning System that automatically absorbs most of the impact of your strides and alleviates pressure from your joints, tendons, and hips.

The shoes provide plenty of arch support and work best in indoor trainings. You can make them work for outdoors too but you have to know what this shoe is specifically constructed for. You thus need to be mindful that rigorous exercise outdoors will naturally cause things such as cushioning to wear down over time.

For the fitting, the Tempo 3 shoes are constructed to fit snugly and seamlessly around your foot, with comfortable padding on the tongue, collar, and around the ankles. You won’t have to worry about your skin being chafed while working out in these babies. The outsole is composed of rubber and provides good enough traction on smooth surfaces which is perfect for jazzercising.

While I wish there was more cushioning around the forefoot area (that would’ve made these shoes rank much higher as a result) but needless to say the ASICS Gel-Fit Tempo 3 trainers are worth the investment and will prove it with use.

Leo Jenson

Leo Jenson is a professional blogger with wealth of knowledge and years of experience. He has been developing content for various niches and international level sites. Apart from work, Leo spends his leisure time gaming and reading informative content.

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