Pole Shoes - Tips, Tricks & Hints

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If you're taking pole dancing classes and you need or want a great pair of pole shoes, here are some tips on how to choose the best ones, and get a good fit.

Tip #1: It's generally a good idea to look for a pair with ankle straps if you're going to be doing inversions or advanced spins.

Shoes with ankle straps are safest

Not only do ankle straps look great, they also help you feel secure knowing that your footwear is going to stay put.

After all, you don't want your shoes flying off your feet in the middle of an otherwise sexy move!

That said, a simpler shoe with a plain upper and no straps can also do the trick if you're just going to be doing basic moves, or if you just want an inexpensive pair to learn how to walk and dance in high shoes.

Just be sure you have something more secure on your feet when you're ready to get airborne!

Tip #2: Use that heavy platform to your advantage.

Aside from the extra height they provide (which also helps your legs look longer and thinner), the additional weight that the platform provides can act as a counter-balance for some advanced moves.

Hefty platforms can actually help you get (and stay!) into some poses, particularly some of those inversions where one foot is on the pole and the other is somewhere out there behind you!

Just use caution until you get used to the extra weight on your feet, especially when you're upside down.

Heavy duty platforms can help you stay balanced on the pole

Tip #3: To help ensure a perfect fit for your new pole shoes, try this nifty little hair dryer trick.

hair dryer

A hair dryer can help you get
a custom fit

Using a hair dryer on the low setting, gently heat the plastic or PVC upper of the shoe (that's the part that covers the top of your foot) with the hair dryer.

Not too hot mind you, as you're going to be putting your foot in it and you don't want to get burned!

But you do need to make the plastic fairly soft and pliable, so be patient.

Note that this only works with shoes that have a plastic upper, so don't try it on leather or cloth!

After the plastic has softened, let it cool enough so that you can put your shoes on without getting burnt. Walk around in them for a few minutes, until the plastic cools right off.

As the shoes cool, they'll mold to your foot. Though it's no guarantee, this simple little trick can help your pole shoes to stay on your feet where they belong.

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