Did you know that jazz shoes can be worn for almost any dance style? They’re soft and lightweight so you can point your toe in jazz, contemporary and commercial dancing. Our jazz shoes cater to any ability from children to adults. Choose your favourite fabric from canvas, leather, mesh, and synthetic stretch fabrics, which mould to the shape of your foot for optimum comfort. The style of shoe is truly up to you depending on whether you prefer slip-on or lace-up jazz shoes.
Children’s Jazz Shoes
Typically, children will start out on full sole jazz shoes, which means that the base of the shoe is designed with a complete sole across the arches. Full sole jazz shoes help a child dancer build up strength in their feet, in particular when learning to point their toes.
Split Sole Jazz Shoes
Split sole jazz shoes tend to be for more experienced dancers. “Split sole” literally means that there is a break between the heel and ball portions of the sole. The benefit of this is increased flexibility in your arches which may benefit a higher-ability dancer more because they have stronger feet and arches. Bloch’s revolutionary Neo-Flex jazz shoes use stretch neoprene inserts on the arches for enhanced flexibility.
Black and Tan Jazz Shoes
Our jazz shoes selection encompasses a variety of colours. A popular choice is black jazz shoes for jazz dancing and ballroom rehearsals. Your teacher may recommend getting a pair of tan jazz shoes if you have a show approaching because they’ll blend in with your costume seamlessly.
How Should Jazz Shoes Fit?
Jazz shoes should fit like a sock, pocketing your feet so that every single movement of your foot is visible. You should choose a pair of jazz shoes that hug your arches nicely to give you proper definition when pointing your toe. A pair of dance shoes should never be too tight, so ensure that you choose a pair that’s not making your toes curl. Remember: leather jazz shoes will stretch and mould to the shape of your feet after dancing in them repeatedly.
The Soles of Jazz Shoes
You can shop both suede sole jazz shoes and rubber sole jazz shoes with us. Suede soles will more naturally suit contemporary and ballroom dancing to match the level of gentle grip which you’d be used to on your main pair of dance shoes. Rubber sole jazz shoes will give you more grip than suede and is a popular choice for both jazz and street dance.
What is a Jazz Dance Sneaker?
A jazz sneaker like Bloch’s Amalgam Jazz Shoe looks sportier than a standard jazz shoe. It’s a favourite for street and commercial dance in particular because it’s halfway between a jazz shoe and a normal dance sneaker in style and performance. The soles of jazz dance sneakers are more complex than a jazz shoe with features like non-marking.