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Men's Shoes

No guys, I didn't forget about you! While I don't get nearly as excited about the men's shoes as I do the women's (I'm a girl, what can I say?), there is still a huge selection of styles to choose from for the men.

There are 5 categories you have to choose from, and in each of those categories, a large selection to choose from.

  • Country Boots 
  • Casual 
  • Jazz Sneakers 
  • Smooth/Standard Ballroom Shoes 
  • Latin Dance Shoes ​


All of these shoes should fit the same as any other closed toed shoe. The shoes should fit like a glove. The shoe should end just in front of your toes, without the toes actually pushing against the inside of the shoe uncomfortably, but without much of a gap in front of them either. Your feet should feel secure, but not stuffed. 

Country Boots

Men's country boots are worn for Country 2-Step, Country Cha-Cha, Country Swing, Country Waltz and Night Club 2-Step. Men's boots look similar to women's country boots, except perhaps more masculine. Unfortunately, we don't sell men's country boots at our studio.

Casual Dance Shoes

Men's casual shoes are often worn for social dancing like Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata and West Coast Swing. They generally have the common suede bottom and come in an array of styles. Here are some examples: 

Jazz Sneakers

Jazz Sneakers are worn mostly for practice, or social dancing like Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata and West Coast Swing. ​Men can get away with wearing these shoes more than women as they are more similar to a men's casual dance shoe than they are a ballroom heel. Most styles are unisex, though some colors may be more geared towards women than men.  

Jazz sneakers come in an array of styles and colors. Here is a small selection of colors and styles you could choose from:

Again, you can expect to spend between $74.99-$79.99 through us. 

Smooth/Standard Ballroom Shoes

These shoes are typically used for Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Hustle, Social East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Night Club 2-Step, and Social Latin dance styles like Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha and Bachata. This is the dance shoe preferred by most men for MOST dances (besides country, though you could get away with it in a social setting). While you would never compete in Latin dances in these shoes, most men would prefer these for many of the social dance styles (like Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Mambo, Swings and Hustle) over Latin Ballroom shoes for men, which is technically what they should be wearing for those dances. If you're going to get 1 pair of dance shoes, men, buy a pair like this:   

Our Jazz Sneakers are $49.99 a pair. 

Again, you can expect to spend between $74.99-$79.99 through us. 

As discussed in the "Practice" shoe section, the benefit of wearing Jazz Sneakers specifically, is these shoes can be worn outside, because they do not have a  suede bottom, but are still good for dance practice as well. You'll also note these shoes have split-soles for lots of flexibility, while still giving you a "hard" sole for outdoor wear. 

At our studio, these shoes are $79.99 a pair.

Latin Ballroom Dance Shoes

Latin Ballroom dance shoes are usually only used in Latin dance competitions like Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Bolero, Ballroom Salsa, Ballroom Mambo, Ballroom Merengue, Latin Hustle, and Ballroom Swing, otherwise, most men prefer to wear Smooth/Standard Ballroom shoes. The biggest difference (and often the only difference) between Latin Ballroom shoes and Smooth Ballroom shoes is the heel. Latin ballroom shoes have a 1.5" heel, whereas the Smooth styles have a 1" heel. They are also sometimes split-soled for increased flexibility, which is even more important for your Latin dances. Many of the styles you see in the Smooth/Standard section are also made with the Latin Cuban heel. Here I'll just show you some of the other styles. You'll note some of them have suede that goes up over the tip of the toes. This is because Latin dancers are supposed to keep their toes connected to the floor and that tip of suede protects the top of the shoe and toes. 

Again, you can expect to spend between $74.99-$79.99 through us. 

These type of shoes are between $74.99-$79.99 through us. 

If you're looking for something with a little different, check these out:

Need something more formal for a big event? Check these out: