Since cheerleaders spend their entire
time on their feet doing jumps, kicks, and stunts it is extremely
important to have the proper shoes. The comfort of the shoes that
you are wearing can make a big difference in your performance. You
want shoes that look good but can meet yours needs while participating
in this active sport. Selecting the right shoe must be a top
priority. The tips listed here for buying cheerleading shoes will
help you in your selection process. You must consider comfort,
fit, style, features and of course your budget when buying cheerleading
It is important that you
purchase cheerleading shoes that
have good cushioning. Also look for something that is lightweight
and flexible. Lastly, you want a material that is breathable.
You can have the most expensive shoe on the
market, but, if the shoe doesn't fit and it isn't appropriate for the
sport, don't wear it.
As with all types of sporting shoes a
good quality will normally last a year or two depending on how much the
squad performs and how quickly your child grows. All brands fit
differently so it is very important to try them on before you make a
purchase. Try the shoes on
both feet and walk around in the shoes on a hard surface. They
will feel different on different surfaces. Remember that your children should have some room to grow so
a thumb width at the toe is a good rule to follow.
Cheerleading shoes that fit properly
will help to improve your child's performance and help to avoid injuries.
Prior to purchasing a cheerleading
shoe be sure to check with the coach to see if there are any specific
requirements regarding style. Cheerleading shoes come in white and
some can have interchangeable color insertions. So make sure the style you are
ordering will meet team requirements. All of the major
manufacturers such as Nike, Converse, Asics, Reebok, New Balance and
Adidas, Kaepa, Nfinity, to name a few, offer cheerleading shoes.
The required features will be
dictated by the cheer routines that your child will be performing.
Stunts and flips would dictate a different type of athletic shoe than
dance routines. In general, you want a shoe that is as lightweight
as possible but still offers support cushioning and comfort. The
shoes should be durable, easy to maintain and made of a breathable
material. Specifically if the squad will be performing stunts or
tumbling prioritize such features as finger grips or heel grooves with
flexible support for safety as well as shock absorption, ankle support
and scalloped archways. For squads that don't stunt shoes must be
lightweight and flexible with breathable support reinforced at the heel
and ball of the foot.
Keep in mind that you get what you
pay for when purchasing cheerleading shoes. The price will be a
direct result of the quality of the shoe. Remember that cheaper
shoes may not be able to take the wear as a result of the jumps and
stunts. It could result in having to replace them more often.
In addition, a cheaper shoe may not be as comfortable.
Cheerleading shoes range in price from approximately $20 to $70.
You will find that the average shoes run from $30 -$50. Once you
have determined your budget, choose a shoe at the upper end of your
range that will offer a higher level of quality. You may go a bit
cheaper for young children that are growing and have simpler routines
but consider more expensive shoes once your child reaches middle school
and high school years.
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