Dance Shoes (Ballroom/Salsa) for wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
1022 posts
Bumble bee

I previously worked in a dance shoe store, and yes these shoes are VERY costume-y. Also the sole of the shoe is generally a suede type material, so if you are walking around anywhere askide from a well maintained dave floor you are going to destroy the sole of the shoes.

I would really not recomend dance shoes for anything other than dancing- they will be destroyed part way through the day/night and you will have shelled out all that cash for nothing.

As well danceshoes are very flixible and easy to point feet and do intricate moves in, they do not offer a lot of support, there is a very good chance that you could easily hurt yourself in these shoes.

Post # 4
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@yehyehgirl:  These were my “dance” style shoes:


They were the talk of the night 🙂 I got them on for a wondeful price! 

EDIT: They were very comfortable, easy to dance in, didn’t sink into the grass, weren’t ruined at the end of the night, and were everything I was looking for! 


Post # 5
8390 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@yehyehgirl:  If you want to wear ballroom shoes for your wedding you will need to be okay with throwing them out after (they will get ruined).  Also, the soles are not waterproof.  I’ve never actually hurt myself in these types of shoes like PoppyH said, however I have fairly strong feet.  If your feet are not strong enough, I could definitely see an injury happening easily.

Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee

@housebee:  I’m happy to hear you’ve never hurt yourself in them, and having strong feet certainly does help A LOT!

The amount of people that I had come into the dance store I worked at trying to return shoes because they hurt themselves from improper wear was insane. It’s the not products fault. There is a reason that you don’t automatically start out in fancy ballroom shoes, you start in a beginner shoes-

-ugh sorry to rant, past dancer of 22 years.

Post # 7
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

You might want to look into character shoes instead of dance shoes. They’re used in theatre as they’re applicable for almost every character. I think they’re pretty comfortable and more durable than dance shoes.

Post # 8
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i have the perfect medium: angela nuran shoes! built upon the basis of a ballroom dance shoe but meant for formal occasions. you get all of the comfort and none of the apparent dangers of true ballroom shoes. i wore the angela nuran starletta and i was able to wear my 4.5″ heels for my entire wedding without issue. its important to note that i live in clogs and flats and avoid heels because they are just too painful.


check them out!

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree with character shoes– But you HAVE to break them in before you wear them around! They will DESTROY your feet! (I have Capezios)


Post # 10
32 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I know this doesn’t answer your question, but I wore the following flats for my wedding.  Not sure if you’re set on dance shoes, but if you just search for flats in your wedding colors, stuff will pop up.  :

Post # 14
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site



I wore ballroom shoes for my wedding.  I’m a dancer, so I knew they would be the most comfortable option.  I WAS going to buy a pair at a local ballroom shoe store, knowing full well that the 150-200 dollars I dropped on my shoes would be lost after (well, I couldn’t wear them to dance in, anyway) but I wanted to be comfy more than anything.   Then I decided to try buying them online, and if they didn’t fit, then I’d be out 50 bucks, and still had the option of buying locally.


These were my shoes.   There’s also an option to get a street sole instead of a suede dance sole.





Then I glued crystals all over them.





Post # 16
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I had dance shoes custom made from “mythique” tango shoes- they have you trace your foot. Idk how their reputation has been, but our experience was really good!

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