There has been some curiousity in the hooping community as to what are the best shoes to wear during your hoop dance practice. We are here to share with you an obvious solution that is often overlooked. Ballet shoes. They are created for the specific purpose of dancing, spinning and feeling lightweight on your feet. The suede bottoms make sustained spinning easy, and the lack of volume is as close as you’ll come to practicing barefoot while still protecting your feet from floor burns and blisters.
We recently purchased black ballet shoes from the local Just for Kix dance studio for $15.10 and we’ve been very happy with them. Each of us had to go up one full shoe size from our everyday street shoes, so keep that in mind. Our recommendation is to visit one of your local dance studios. Most of them have a retail space where you can try on ballet shoes before you buy them.
A few other non-bulky shoe options we have found to be worthy of incessant spinning and jumping are Converse (our favorite option for street performances), Vibram FiveFingers and Moccasins.