When I perform with fire or belly dance, there are two questions that seem to come up:
1. Does the fire hurt?
2. Where did you get your shoes?
I’ll address the first question on a different day, but for now we can talk about sandals. 🙂 The quick answer is Discount Dance – I use the Hermes Sandals because they have full coverage for the bottoms of your feet; perfect for dancing on unpredictable surfaces such as blacktop, gravel, etc. The not-so-great thing about this particular set is that they lace up (pretty) but have been known to come undone when least expected (inconvenient at best). But you’ll see on Discount Dance’s site that there’s quite a selection for dance footwear, even in just the sandal category. Half-shoes, for example, are ideal for when you’re taking a class or rehearsing because they give you protection for making those lightening turns. 🙂
But keep in mind that shoes aren’t for everyone. Some of the best dancers I know prefer to go barefoot, no matter the surface they’re on. Personally, I love to dance in my trusty black boots. They’re broken in, comfortable, and they never let so much as a pebble distract me.
And for some, shoe choice is more than about comfort or style – there are times when it just feels right to go barefoot and have nothing between the soles of your feet and the earth.