Jazzercise, as the name implies, combines aerobics and dance fitness into a whole new workout experience. As in all workouts, you need proper shoes to provide both comfort and stability during the classes. Some people might call them Jazzercise workout shoes or Jazzercise aerobic shoes but to me, they are all cross training shoes.
Since jazzercise is relatively new compared to running, most stores will not categorize them. That makes it harder for anyone who wants to buy a good pair or even the best Jazzercise shoes, which is why I wrote this article to create a list of Jazzercise shoes recommendations that is meant specifically for this group.
Best ryka shoes for jazzercise
One of the best women cross training shoes is Ryka. The problem is that there are so many models to choose so it is hard to recommend the best shoes for jazzercise from Ryka. The solution is to see which of the reviewers came from a jazzercise instructor as I thought that would be the best gauge. After hours of reading, I finally found 2 models.
Ryka influence cross training shoe
Here is what the reviewer said:
Here is another review that says she found this shoe to be suitable for jazzercise
This is the Ryka influence cross training shoe. It is the same shoe that I recommend as the best kickboxing cross trainer.
Like what the reviewer said, I find this an incredible cross trainer shoe for high impact workout like the jazzercise. It has the strong lateral supports that all high impact workouts need. Arch support is also present and is immediately visible from the design of the shoe itself. On top of that, this shoes is amazingly light. You wouldn’t feel that it is a burden during your workouts if you have this on.
Size wise, this is a true measurement shoe i.e. if it says 8, it can fit a person wearing a size 8. Overall, it is just a solid Ryka cross training shoe for jazzercise.
The only thing you need to note is that this is a normal width shoe. If you need cross training shoes that have a wider width, then you might find this to be a bit tight.
Ryka synergy cross training shoe
Another great alternative for Ryka workout shoes is the Ryka synergy shoe.
Like the Ryka influence shoe, this synergy model is light weight and has a true measurement. Most importantly, the reviews mention that it has rock solid support, especially at the bottom of the shoe to reduce the stress on your feet during the high impact workouts. This support is due to the disk type design that has been placed at the bottom the shoe.
I got this model again from customer reviews who are actually using it for Jazzercise.
Below are 2 reviews that I copy for you to read here.
New Balance Mesh cross training shoe
Beside Ryka, another model that I like for its cross training line is New Balance. In this case, it is New Balance mesh cross training shoe. I picked this model as it is again reviewed by someone who has used it for jazzercise.
From the review, it looks like it can be used for this particular high impact workout.
Compared to normal New Balance shoes, it is cut lower than lower. This is why it feels much lighter.
It also has a solid heel support so you feel really comfortable when wearing the shoe.
However, the arch support is not as strong as the Ryka, which is quite evident from the shape of the shoe. Its lateral support is also not as good. Compared to normal running shoes, this is definitely better as a workout shoe for jazzercise but compared to the Rykas, they seem to be a better choice.
Jazzercise shoes for high archs
If you need arch support, one of the best Ryka model to consider is the Ultimate model. The high arch support is very obvious from the design itself as you can the arch in the middle of the shoe.
The rest of the shoe is also very suitable for dancing exercises, with its strong heel and side to side support. When doing Jazzercise in these, your ankle will not feel like it will slip or uncomfortable. Instead, it is just wearing a protective layer around your feet without slowing it down.
Front toe area is pretty wide so it is also a good shoe for those looking for wide toe box options.
What to look for in a good pair of Jazzercise shoes
When buying shoes for Jazzercise classes for the first time, here are some important feature you need to look out for.
- Lateral support: Unlike running whereby most movement is concentrate on the sole or heel strike, Jazzercise demands a lot more for your feet. It needs to twist, turn, jump, move forward and backwards, left and right etc. In other words, the shoes need to protect the feet from multiple positions. Most shoes, including running shoes, have solid sole and ankle support but lacks lateral protection. This is where a good pair of Jazzercise shoes should excel at.
- Heel support: Since Jazzercise is a high impact workout, it is important that your shoes are able to absorb or cushion some of these impacts. This is especially so when you have bad knees. Shoes like the Ryka shoes have the so called spin spot that makes turning easier and less stressful on your knees.
- Loose grip: Since your feet will be moving off the ground in many of the movements, it is good to have a pair of shoes that do not make it difficult to so do. Shoes like weight lifting cross trainers have tough sole grip that might not be as suitable for dancing when compared to shoes with a looser grip.
- Light weight: A shoe that doesn’t weigh much will not impose too much stress on the feet and slows down your Jazzercise movements.
Overall, if you are looking for the best cross training shoes for jazzercise, then Ryka or New Balance should be the brands you can consider. I personally prefer Ryka due to the better lateral support but the New Balance model made for a nice alternative as well. Design and colors wise, New Balance has the slight edge.