Country Dancing

Line Dance Footwear


When it comes to line dancing, choice of footwear is important for comfort and safety. This month I will reveal the various shoes, boots, and accessories that I wear and have seen my students use. I am, by no means, recommending any particular brand; the decision is a personal matter based on the individual’s needs.

When I started teaching line dance, I was mainly in a studio or gym, so I chose tennis shoes. Now, I almost never wear tennis shoes, because the rubber sole tends to “stick” to the floor. To aid with maneuverability, some people put on dance socks or material over the front of their shoe, covering the ball of the foot.

When I got more involved with teaching, I purchased indoor dance shoes that look similar to tennis shoes but my feet turn easily with the help of a smooth rubber split sole with a high supportive arch. I have a white pair that I wear in the summer months and black for the winter. Even though they’re from the same manufacturer, they fit differently!

Some students opt to buy dance shoes or boots with smooth leather or suede soles that have a very low heel. Like my dance shoes, these aren’t meant to be worn outside; the user carries these into class and changes into them before dancing. To purchase line dance footwear, you can shop at a local dance supply store, order them online, or check with vendors at workshops or events.

When I teach in a bar, sometimes I want to “look the part” so I wear cowboy boots. Some people choose this option no matter where they’re dancing, by either wearing their boots there or changing into indoor smooth soled boots when they arrive. If I dance or teach at an outdoor event, I definitely wear a pair of boots that can withstand whatever surface I’m dancing on.

If you’re considering trying different shoes or boots than the ones you currently wear for line dancing, I advise you to talk with other people in your class. Experienced line dancers have a wealth of information and experience regarding this subject. My only warning is to wear your flip-flops or sandals elsewhere; they don’t support your feet well enough for line dancing!!

I want to thank David Goodman for suggesting that I write an article about the various choices in line dance footwear! David also recommended this dance; it is a favorite in my beginner class:

The CowBoy Boogie

Dori Yez teaches Country Line Dancing at these Ohio SCOPE Centers: Howland on Monday evenings (Seasoned Beginners) and Wednesday evenings (Improver & Intermediate) plus the same level in Cortland on Friday afternoons. Due to room size and attendance, Dori can no longer accept new students in any of her classes. There is a waiting list for a new “novice/beginner” class.

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