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Should You Wear Socks With Dance Shoes ?

Should you wear socks with dance shoes ? After explaining the different types of socks, we will make a distinction between dance socks and regular socks. And for each style of dance, we are explaining if it’s generally ok to wear regular socks with your dance shoes, or if it’s a big no no !

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes ?

Note: There are two main types of socks we need to talk about. Dance socks & Regular socks.

In the first part of the article, we are talking about regular socks.

In the second part, we talk about dance socks specifically, the benefits of wearing them and in which situation and for what dance style dancers wear them on the dance floor.

What types of socks are we talking about ?

There are over 15 types of socks. In this first part of the article, we are referring to regular socks to wear with dance shoes. Here is a list of 14 regular socks & 1 dance socks, listed bellow.

  1. Socks: The most common and general term for foot coverings that extend from the ankle to various heights on the calf or thigh.

  2. Hosiery: A term that encompasses various types of leg coverings, including socks, stockings, and pantyhose.

  3. Stockings: A term often used for women’s hosiery that covers the foot and extends up the leg.

  4. Dance Socks: Dance socks are usually worn in lyrical, contemporary dance and also refers to ballet and pointe canvas or half soles.

  5. Crew Socks: A style of socks that typically rise to the mid-calf, often worn for casual and athletic purposes.

  6. Ankle Socks: Socks that are shorter in length, usually ending just above the ankle bone.

  7. Calf-Length Socks: Socks that rise to the calf muscle, providing more coverage than ankle socks but less than crew socks.

  8. Knee-High Socks: Socks that extend up to the knee, commonly worn with skirts or dresses.

  9. Thigh-High Socks: Socks that extend all the way up to the thigh, often considered a type of hosiery and commonly worn for fashion or costume purposes.

  10. Tube Socks: Socks that are typically plain and cylindrical in shape, without a formed heel, and often used for sports.

  11. Dress Socks: Typically refers to more formal or stylish socks worn with dress shoes and formal attire.

  12. Work Socks: Socks designed for heavy-duty or workwear purposes, often made with durable materials.

  13. Sport Socks: Socks specifically designed for various sports and physical activities, such as running, basketball, or soccer.

  14. Athletic Socks: A general term for socks designed for sports and physical activities.

  15. Casual Socks: Everyday socks for regular, non-sporting activities.

Should you wear socks with dance shoes ? (Regular & Casual socks)

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes ?

Here is a table to know if you should wear socks with dance shoes. We are here referring to regular socks you add while wearing dance shoes.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes ?

Can you wear Socks or tights in Ballet shoes ?

There is no need for extra regular socks while wearing ballet slippers or pointe shoes. However, it is acceptable to wear thin socks with ballet shoes to prevent blisters. That is indeed something acceptable with young children.

Note that Ballet, lyrical, contemporary dances all use canvas materials or dance socks. Dance socks are specifically designed for those dance, and there is no need to add extra regular socks. However, it is acceptable for children o beginner dancers, in order to get use of that new dance style. We will talk about them further bellow.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for tap dancers?

Should you wear socks with tap dance shoes ?

Some tap dancers prefer to wear socks for comfort and moisture absorption, while others prefer direct contact with the tap plates for better sound and control. It’s a personal choice.

 

We do recommend using dance socks with tap shoes, which add an extra cushion and compress your feet for a better blood circulation and foot health.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for jazz dancers?

Should you wear socks with Jazz shoes ?

Jazz dance shoes are meant to be worn with tight or bare feet. However, Jazz dancers may choose to wear thin jazz socks for added comfort, especially when their shoes are new or uncomfortable.

Wearing thin socks also prolonged the dance shoe’ s lifespan and protect the inside of the jazz shoe of being damaged from sweat and wear, while also protecting the jazz dancers’ feet from blister.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for ballroom dancers?

Should you wear socks with Ballroom dance shoes ?

No, there is no need to wear socks with ballroom dance shoes.

At Latin Dance Shoes Australia, our ballroom dance shoes are already designed with Cushioning insole to protect dancer’s feet and moisture & breathable material to prevent sweat to damage your Ballroom dance shoe.

Sometimes, ballroom dancers wear socks with them for two distinctive occasions listed bellow.

1- Break in your new ballroom dance shoes

2- Prevent more blisters to appears. 

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for latin dancers?

Should you wear socks with Latin dance shoes ?

No, there is no need to wear socks with Latin dance shoes.

At Latin Dance Shoes Australia, our Latin dance shoes are already designed with Cushioning insole to protect dancer’s feet and moisture & breathable material to prevent sweat to damage your Latin dance shoe.

Sometimes, Latin dancers wear socks with them for two distinctive occasions listed bellow.

1- Break in your new Latin dance shoes

2- Prevent more blisters to appears. 

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for hip hop and dancers in sneakers?

Should you wear socks with Hip Hop Sneakers & Dance sneakers ?

Yes, it is best to wear socks with dance sneakers & hip hop sneakers.

You can also decide not to wear any socks if you want a different feel. This is also accepted. However, your dance sneakers will be damaged faster, and you might be at risk to end up with smelly dance shoes.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes ?

Should you wear socks with contemporary shoes ?

No, you should not wear extra socks with your contemporary shoes.

Matter of fact, you will already be wearing dance socks, that are specifically made for it. So there is no need to add some regular sock underneath.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for flamenco dancers?

Should you wear socks with Flamenco shoes ?

No, you should not wear extra socks with Flamenco dance shoes.

Flamenco shoes are designed to produce distinct sounds and maintain a direct connection with the floor while already protecting dancer’s feet.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for irish dancers?

Should you wear regular socks with Irish hard dance shoes ?

No, you should not wear regular socks with Irish Hard dance shoes.

However, Irish dancers most of the time wear dance socks to add with their Irish dance shoes.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes for swing dancers?

Should you wear socks with Swing dance shoes ?

Yes, we recommend you to wear socks with swing dance shoes, that protect the inside of the shoes from damage and sweaty feet.

However, note that this is my personal preferences. Whether to wear socks with swing dance shoes depends on personal comfort and shoe fit. Some swing dancers prefer the direct feel of the shoe, while others may wear thin socks for added comfort.

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Should you wear socks with dance shoes ?

Should you wear socks with Character shoes ?

No, You should not wear socks with character dance shoes.

What are dance socks ?

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Dance socks are specialized socks designed for 2 main dance styles, featuring characteristics like added cushioning, arch support, and slip-resistant properties to enhance performance, comfort, and safety during dancing.

They are also considered as compression socks and help blood circulations for dancers.

What dance styles require wearing dance socks ?

There is two main dance styles that require wearing dance socks.

  • Contemporary Dance
  • Lyrical Dance

Note: Ballet & pointe dance shoes can also be considered as dance socks. But in this case we are talking about compressing dance socks.

What dance shoes can I wear with dance socks ?

There are 5 types of dance shoes that can be worn with dance socks.

You can wear dance socks with the following dance shoes.

  • Tap Dance Shoes
  • Hip Hop Dance Shoes & Dance Sneakers
  • Swing Dance Shoes
  • Jazz
  • Character

Why ? Because dance socks will maintain and compress your feet, adding extra protection and improve blood circulation, which is important when dancing hours and hours in a row.

Where can I buy dance shoes that don't require dance socks?

Latin Dance Shoes Australia is the best place in Australia to buy dance shoes that don’t require dance socks or wearing regular socks.

Why? Because all of our dance shoes are designed with extra cushioning and padding making it not necessary to wear regular socks or dance socks.

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