A year and a half ago, I got introduced to zumba almost by accident. I was taking a morning sampler workout class, which offered a different exercise routine every two weeks. I had to travel during the first week of zumba, but luckily caught the second week because I was instantly hooked.
Soon after starting zumba workouts, it was apparent that I didn’t have the right shoes. With all the jumping, twisting, and lateral moves, my Puma cross trainers were holding me back and also a bit dangerous.
I did a few google searches and found several lists of the “Best Shoes for Zumba.” From the lists, I chose a pair-Ryka Studio D-that I felt might work best for me and they did. The Ryka Studio D significantly improved the quality of my zumba workouts.
|Ryka Studio D|
I have owned my first pair of Rykas for almost a year now and they have held up quite well, but with my rigorous workout schedule, it’s time for a new pair. Of course, my plan was to get a new pair of the same shoe. When I tried to do just that, however, the Studio D was sold out everywhere (Zappos now has them back in stock for $60). I sought an alternative and found the Ryka Transition.
I hesitated to get the Transition sneaker at first, but a couple weeks ago when I saw that Finish Line had them on sale for $29.98, I snagged them. I didn’t think it was possible, but I actually like the Transition even more than the Studio D. They are mesh for easy breathability. The ortholite insole is removable and can be washed. The midsoles provide superb lateral stability. The soles have minimal grip making it easy to move on the dance floor. And, unlike other dance shoes, my feet feel like they are in a cushioned paradise.
Finish Line has the above color on sale. I might need a backup pair, though, perhaps the white (on sale at Amazon for $49.96)?
|Top-GapBodyFit, Pants-Kyodan via Marshalls
Shoes-Ryka Transition via Finish Line