Not sure where to start with pole wear and shoes?
I have been dancing for quite some time and I have tried many different brands, styles, and kinds of pole wear and shoes. I have accumulated quite the collection, but it can be daunting and hard to know where to start so, I have come up with a little list of my personal recommendations and tips to help you get started.
Shoes, shoes, SHOES!
There are SO many different kinds of pole shoes to choose from. Pleasers are the most poplar brand of pole shoes and it's easy to see why, they were made with dancers in mind after all. At the end of the day, it really comes down to preferences! However, I do have a few little tips for those that might be new to the shoe world.
First things first - Where do you get them?
Style? material? decoration? So many to choose from!
I certainly recommend simple shoes for training purposes. Glitter is a great choice if you want something a little special.
If you are buying for a special performance or show, by all means - go all out! but highly embellished shoes are damaged very easily and if you are taking even one class a week, they won't end up lasting very long, rhinestones fall off every time you dance in them.
Now - Style? Material?
My top recommendation is the clear plastic straps, they help you develop balance and ankle strength, and they provide some extra grip, but they still enable you to develop your skills much more effectively.
Patent boots are great for getting some extra grip and ankle support from your heels. However, they are a bit more expensive but they are a great choice.
Pleaser shoes are American sizes, and the general rule is you order one size bigger than your Australian shoe size. If you check or the shoe chart and are in between sizes, always choose bigger, it is much better than having your heels too small! I personally like 7 inches, they are my go to height for pole shoes, I don't find there is much difference between a 6 and 7 inch for me feel-wise, so if you want to dance in heels all the time I would recommend 7 inches - and remember practice makes perfect, the more you wear them the more comfortable they will become!
Well, that's shoes out of the way, now onto pole wear!
If you are comfortable - sports bra and little shorts are great to start off with - some people like to be covered up more - totally fine! You will find as you progress through levels you will become more comfortable wearing smaller outfits.
Rarr designs is my go to polewear company - and they even stock kids gear! Australian owned and made, affordable and fantastic quality, They are definetly my go to recommendation.
For costume wear, I like to either buy a nice set from bras n things or rhapso designs and make them sparkle! I run workshops closer to performance time to show you how to do this too so make sure you stay tuned!