One of the most commonly asked questions at Studio Poise would have to be, "What shoes should I wear for this class?" To help figure out your footwear dilemmas once and for all, we turned to Danielle herself to settle the score!
People ask me all the time what I recommend for footwear at Studio Poise, and time and time again I really say it is up to the client and what they're comfortable in. This is true, but sometimes we probably need a little bit more guidance than that! Most everything we do involves our feet and they should be comfortable and well supported. I never really knew the power of a good, solid pair of sneakers until I was about 6 months pregnant and my feet were having a hard time handling the rapid weight gain. At that time, I invested my money and my attention to the quality of footwear I needed to support my body and prevent injury so I could continue doing all the things I loved to do. So, with that said, and countless sneakers and footwear later, here is a list of my suggestions and even specifics to help you find the best shoe for you!
Being in the studio, you don't really need a sneaker that is heavy and going to grip the floor. In fact, you want just the opposite. A lightweight, fairly flat bottomed sneaker is ideal for all those quick knee twerks and salsa feet! I have tried close to everything in my 10 years of teaching these type of classes and by far, my favorite to date are the Asics Gel Fit Sana and Sana 2 (currently on sale at Foot Locker.com) They are super lightweight so you don't have extra baggage when moving your feet swiftly across the floor, and they don't stick. They also have great support and comfort with their gel cushions! They are also thin and close to the ground so you don't have to worry about sudden ankle rolls!
The Asics Gel Sana's would work in this class as well, but I prefer a little bit of a heavier sneaker in these classes that support my ankles, have a little more grip, and withstand the added weight from the dumbbells. Any cross trainer will really work well in this class, I currently use the Asics Gel-Cumulus 17. Are you noticing a trend here? ;-) The sneaker is not too heavy, but not too light either like the Gel Sana.
Barefoot and free - no question!
Whatever shoes you end up using, please remember the value in keeping a pair of sneakers for indoor studio use only! Not only will this help to keep our studio floors clean and dry, it will also prolong the life of your sneakers.
If you have any other specific questions about footwear for classes or any other activities from walking to running to hiking - feel free to email me any time! I have a pair for everything and can help as best I can in finding the right pair for you!