recommend a pair of durable practice shoes

Both my shoes literally have holes in them. I don't care about looking good. I need shoes that can take a beating. No latin shoes either. Any recommendations?

Also, I've noticed online that the prices vary greatly between practice shoes. Is it more cost effective to just buy a pair of 40 dollar dance shoes everytime they wear out or should one go the expensive route and hope they last long enough to justify the price?


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Can you wear jazz sneakers?

Otherwise, I'd go the way of buying a new "good" pair, and using them as practise shoes when they don't look so good anymore.

Leon Theou

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I almost always wear jazz sneakers when I am practicing, and I have worn them for socials as well. They're comfortable, durable, they work for both ballroom and Latin, and they're not as expensive as a pair of actual ballroom shoes.


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I used Supa and Dance Natural standard practice shoes, both high quality, last quite a long time, price steep, probably between $150-$175 per pair, but very comfortable and durable, I'd rather get comfy high quality ones last longer time than cheaper brands not as comfy & doesn't last.
Is there any chance some of these shoes contain soles that don't require super glue frequently? I have a pair of Werner Kerns. I hear they're like best shoes money can buy and even on them I've had to use bottles of super glue to repair the soles. Granted, I dance on a floor that is an abomination as far as ballroom floors go. It's so uneven that it's literally torn holes in both soles. I need something that can glide on the floor but can take the worst beating a pair of dance shoes will ever take.

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