Dance Shoe Care & Maintenance

(Last Updated On: July 23, 2021)

Let’s face it; dancing shoes aren’t exactly commonplace in our closets. They’re our tools, our gear, our swinging weapons. When we think about them, we get strangely attached. As a result, we should devote sufficient time to cleaning them and keeping them in good condition. After all, we’d like them to stay with us for as long as possible. When it comes to dancing shoes, there are a few tricks that can help us keep them in better shape and protect them from damage, scratches, and moisture, among other things. Dancers are hard on their shoes, so high-quality dance shoes are an investment. Dance shoes must be adequately cared for if they are to last and remain in good condition. To assist you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the essential tools you’ll need to care for your dance shoes, as well as for instructions on how to care for them regardless of the material.

Learn the proper – and correct – methods for storing, repairing, wearing, and cleaning your dance shoes.

Keeping Things In Storage

Dance shoes should be kept in a cool, dry place. Wet fibres deteriorate more quickly than dry fibres. Don’t store dance shoes in a plastic bag, such as the one that came with them when you bought them. Shoes that are unable to breathe sweat and, as a result, decay and stink.


If you’re going to fix them yourself, make sure you have the suitable materials. While taking precautions isn’t always convenient, it pays off in the long run. When repairing stripped tap shoe screws, for example, use wood glue. While superglue and other adhesives may already be in your supply closet, they will eventually crack.


When putting on and taking off your shoes, be gentle. How carefully you put on and remove toe paws, for example, has a significant impact on their lifespan. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. For instance, pointe shoes should be worn with tights and the type of toe pads, if any, that your teacher recommends . Socks worn with tap shoes can help to prevent bacteria growth. It’s never a good idea to dance in a pair of broken shoes because it can lead to severe problems. Hairline fractures in the foot can result from dancing in broken pointe shoes, for example.

Organise & Cleaning

If you need to clean canvas shoes, such as ballet shoes, do so in the washer. When cleaning suede-bottom shoes, use a shoe brush to keep them clean and maintain their texture. To avoid cracking and sticking, use polish or silicon oil on patent shoes, such as ballroom shoes. Use melamine foam to clean dirt off leather shoes, such as jazz or tap shoes. After you’ve washed your canvas shoes, please don’t put them in the dryer because they might shrink. Outside of the studio, never wear your dance shoes. Not only will they become dirty, but the soles may be damaged as well. Most dance shoes don’t provide enough support to be worn on the street. Furthermore, your teacher does not want outside dirt tracked into the studio.



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