How to Find the Right Cheerleading Shoes For You

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It seems every year there are dozens more cheer shoes. While having options is great, it can also be overwhelming. After you read a few descriptions, everything starts to blend and sound the same. And then there’s the shoe terminology that sounds like a foreign language. Phylon? EVA? Lock-lacing system? We’re here to help you decipher the language of cheer shoes and have a better idea of what will be the best cheerleading shoe for you. First, some terminology: E.V.A A synthetic compound used for outsoles. Ethylene Vinyl Acetate provides cushioning in the foot and is easily molded by heat and pressure, which means it will fit your foot much better than your average shoe. Footbed The insole of the shoe. Usually removable, the footbed is contoured and provides comfort and insulation for your foot. Instep The top front of a shoe, covering the area of the foot between the toes and the ankle. Insole The cushioned part of the shoe the foot rests on. Outsole The bottom of the shoe that touches the ground. Midsole The part of the shoe between the bottom and where the foot sits. It is a cushioned layer generally made from rubber and foam in order to provide shock absorption. Shank A strip in the sole that adds support. Slip Lasting A typical athletic shoe is board-lasted, meaning it’s made with stiff fiberboard and provides stability. Good cheer shoes are instead slip-lasted, meaning it is made without a support board and instead the upper shoe layer is glued to the sole. This makes the shoe much more flexible and allows for a wide range of motions, which is key for cheerleaders. Lace Locking System Helps shoelaces stay tied and secure, which is ideal for movement. Second, consider your position on your cheer squad: Are you a base or a spotter? A flyer? Is your focus on tumbling or choreography? Are you looking for shoes for the sidelines or competitions? If you’re looking for a sideline shoe and your team doesn’t rely on a lot of tumbling, you can choose a heavier cheer shoe, which will be more durable and can last longer. If you’re looking for a competition shoe, your main priority should be weight. Since you’ll only be wearing those shoes on the competition mat, you can choose a shoe that isn’t as durable, but is very lightweight and low profile. If you’re a spotter or base, a good shoe feature to look for is grip. Since your feet should be nearly glued to the floor when spotting or basing flyers during group stunts, you want a shoe that won’t slip. For bases and spotters, check out the Kaepa Awesome and the Kaepa Elevate, both of which provide superior foot traction. If you’re a flyer, look for a shoe that has hand grips, which help your bases to hold you up. Another good feature is slip-lasting, which as you know from the definition above, will make your sure flexible, allowing for a wide range of foot motions. As at tumbler, slip-lasting is also key, as is any sole that provides bounce. For flyers, we like the Asics Tumblina and the Chasse Cloud. Sideline Shoe Picks If you’re looking for a good sideline shoe (and you won’t be relying heavily on advanced stunts or tumbling), these are some great picks (you can click on each shoe to learn more about its features and pricing): Power Flash Nike Sideline III Asics Cheer VII Chasse Core Competition Shoe Picks These shoes are not only great for competitions, but they’re also great picks for tumblers. These shoes are lightweight, low profile, and designed for the athletic cheerleader. While some of these can also be worn on the sidelines, check each shoe’s details, as some should only be used on mats. Nike Cheer Compete Power Rise Chasse ProFlexAsics Flip ‘n Fly

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