Hi, my name is Lindsay and I’m addicted to Zumba.
I don’t talk about it much on the blog (mostly because it’s a pretty new thing for me and also because, as I’ve stated before, I have about as much grace as a goose), but I’ve been taking Zumba classes every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the last 3-4 months. It’s funny (and sad) to think back about how this dance addiction started. Before my miscarriage, I went to maybe 5 classes TOTAL in my entire life. But immediately after that loss, I attended as many classes as my two left feet could get to. It makes perfect sense – using dancing as way of dealing with the pain. I would go in, zone out the rest of the world and just move my body to the music. It felt so good. Now, months after that loss, I still attend classes but it’s become more of a ultra fun hobby than anything.
Reebok recently sent me a pair of their new Dance UR Lead shoes to review. I agreed, but I have to admit, I honestly didn’t think I could rock these. I’m the dancer who sets up shop in the back of class and laughs the whole time…..AT HERSELF. Neon high tops??? A 30-year old mom who pretends she can dance?? Hey – I’m up for the challenge!
These vibrant shoes are specifically made for Zumba and other dance classes. After trying them out for a couple of weeks, I can honestly say that I didn’t know what I was missing before these shoes. Before getting the Dance UR Lead’s, like most people, I wore my running shoes to Zumba class. (And to be honest, I didn’t know you could purchase shoes specific for dancing/Zumba.) The difference was REMARKABLE! You see, running shoes had a lot of tread, making it a bit harder to move quickly as tread has a gripping effect. Perfect for running – not so much for Zumba. The Dance UR Lead’s have a flat sole. This fact alone made pivoting and gliding SO much easier. I felt like I could actually MOVE, but not so much that I was slipping and sliding all over the place.
These shoes also have a “Pivot Point and Turn Zone” on the sole for control in turns and spins – perfect for when we do Jai Ho (one of my favorites!). The height of the shoes provide ankle support and they’re really LIGHTWEIGHT, so jumping was easier than in my Mizunos! Plus, this may seem so stupid, but I felt “legit” wearing a shoe that was MADE for the class. Like they somehow made me feel like I actually belonged there (still in the back row).
Ultimately, I couldn’t have asked for a better Zumba shoe. Yes, I received them for free to review, but having tried them in multiple classes, through multiple song styles, I would purchase these shoes on my own! No doubt. In fact, I have my eye on another style….
Aren’t they cute?!?!
Thank you, Reebok, for turning me on to a shoe I didn’t know existed! And thank you, Zumba, for being there when I needed you!
QUESTION: Do you Zumba?? Ever bought specific dance shoes for the class?