Cheer shoes. They’re a necessity. Not only are they part of the uniform, they help cheerleaders safely perform stunts. With so many varieties and styles to choose from, it can be daunting deciding on the perfect shoe, whether you’re a new cheerleader or an experienced coach. We’re looking at cheer shoes from Nike, the iconic athletic brand. Nike has long been recognized as a go-to brand for all sports. Nike cheer shoes are durable, dependable, and keep your feet protected during even the most impressive stunts. You can find these Nike cheer shoes and more at Campus Teamwear, for the lowest price guaranteed. Nike Sideline Cheer II The Sideline Cheer II is a great shoe if you’re all about durability (it’s a little heavier of a shoe, weighing in at 9.7 oz.). The Sideline Cheer II is a very flexible shoe, thanks to internal grooves and pivot points. While excellent for use on indoor surfaces (due to its non-marking rubber outsole and a pivot point), it has sufficient traction for outdoor surfaces as well. The grooves in the midsole (the center padded layer of the heel) allow for maximum flexibility so you can stretch your feet in all directions without any restriction. A bonus for the cheerleaders who love to match: with an interchangeable color card, you can color coordinate your shoes with your team colors and cheerleading uniform! Nike Cheer Flash Similar to the Sideline Cheer II shoe, the Cheer Flash is slightly heavier (9.8 oz.) but flexible. The low-profile design is sleek and the cushioning is supportive but not bulky. Its non-marking sole make it excellent for indoor surfaces. Durable enough for outdoor use as well, this shoe is a great option for a squad, whether you’re cheering on the football team from the sidelines or performing at a competition. The Cheer Flash is made of both leather and synthetic leather, with a breathable mesh tongue and a Phylon midsole (translation: the middle layer of the sole is made of lightweight, flexible foam. Phylon is a Nike brand material and is very durable). Mid-foot strapping offers extra support, no matter what stunt you’re doing! You’ll have the confidence to tumble, flip, fly and soar with this shoe. Nike Free Hyper Cheer Need a cheer shoe that can keep up with your rigorous training schedule? If so, the Nike Free Hyper Cheer is your best bet. Wearing this shoe is like being barefoot; the shoe is extremely flexible, allowing for multi-directional movement. This shoe won’t weigh you down, either (it’s only 6.4 oz.!). Although lightweight, the Free Hyper won’t easily fall apart. The rubber outsole has an asymmetrical pattern on the forefoot (the front of the shoe) and was created with traction and stability in mind. This shoe makes it easier to increase flexibility and gain lower body strength during practice. Along with a breathable, synthetic leather upper and glow-in-the-dark rubber pads on the outsole for nighttime visibility, this shoe has just about everything. Now if only it had a built-in iPod with the perfect workout playlist… Nike Compete Last, but certainly not least is the Compete cheer shoe. This shoe was specifically designed for competitive cheerleading activities. At just 6.4 oz., the Compete is lightweight and low profile. The rubber is non-marking and contains an outsole for multidirectional traction and control, making this an excellent indoor cheer shoe. Do you wear or have you worn Nike cheer shoes? What do you love about them and what is your favorite style? Share your own review!
Fashion & Beauty
In case you didn’t know, the new spring issue of CheerLiving is here and it’s a special Buyer’s Guide edition. In it, Chasse is hosting a month-long contest, giving away new bags and bows every day to those who enter on its Facebook page. You can see the full calendar on page 6 in the latest issue of CheerLiving, which is totally free to digitally subscribe to and download.
It’s week two of the Chasse OBSESSories 30-Day Giveaway! Take a look at this week’s offerings. Then,
visit the Chasse Facebook page to enter.
You can also learn more about these products and find out where to buy them
on the Chasse website.
Welcome back to Round Two of Cheer Shoe Review! We looked at several
Nike cheer shoes; this time, it’s all about Chasse, a top cheerleading brand dedicated to providing high quality items at a low price. Whether your squad is on a budget or just wants a high-performance cheer shoe, Chasse is a great pick.
Chasse cheerleading shoes are made precisely for a cheerleader’s unique footwear needs. These unique shoes are well equipped to endure
fierce cheerleading maneuvers, with shock absorption, extra cushioning, and superior traction for safety during stunts and tricks.
Chasse Flip II ($19.95 at
The Flip II is a great shoe for cheerleaders wanting traction support during stunting and tumbling. The outsole is made of a low profile molded rubber and the insole has extra cushioning and shock absorption – no hurt feet when
dismounting or landing!
The synthetic leather is easy to clean and interchangeable color cards are included so even your cheer shoes will be school spirited and matching your
Chasse Star ($22.95 at
Soar and fly as high as the stars in the lightweight (6.7 oz.) and low profile Star cheer shoe. The great thing about this shoe is that it was built to keep feet secure and supported.
The inner sole is form-fitting thanks to double cushioning, the blown rubber outsole increases flexibility and durability on all surfaces (indoor or out), and the midsole has lightweight cushioning and is molded for a low profile. Don’t forget about the lacing system, which has a full foot webbing support system. These shoes
help keep you safe when stunting!
Chasse Ace ($25.95 at
The Ace is an all-around great cheer shoe that’s both comfortable and supportive for stunts, jumps, and dance moves. It’s lightweight (6.8 oz.) and low profile, but the inner sole is double cushioned for maximum comfort. Although it’s lightweight, the blown rubber outsole is durable and even has secure hand grips, making scorpions that much easier to do!
The upper is made of synthetic leather and aero-sateen, which makes the shoe flexible and easy to move around in. The Ace is also slip lasted so it won’t obstruct any foot motions, whatever the stunt or
dance move. To keep the shoe braced around your foot, the lacing system is webbed with bubble laces.
Chasse Cloud ($32.95 at
Appropriately named, the Cloud is one of the lightest cheerleading shoes on the market (only 3.9 oz.!). This show is low profile and form fitting, ensuring a supportive and comfortable fit.
Because it is so lightweight, the Cloud is only for indoor use. However, with controlled traction and easy gripping for stunts, this is the perfect shoe for competitions and indoor
pep rallies and games. This shoe is so light you won’t even realize you’re wearing shoes! But better than being barefoot, the outsole has stunting grips and traction to improve your performance and keep you on your toes. No slips or trips with the Cloud!
Do you wear or have you worn Chasse cheer shoes? What do you love about them and what is your favorite style? Share your own review!
If you are like most cheerleaders, you probably have too many
jumbo and sequin hair bows to count! Untie your bows and reuse the layers of ribbon! Celebrate Earth Day with these great ideas that will help you recycle your old cheerleading bows into a unique piece of art or fashion that you can keep for yourself,
gift to a coach or teammate, or donate to your team so they can sell it for their
Most cheerleading bows can easily be unraveled for reuse. Just snip and remove the middle piece of ribbon, and you should be able unwrap and separate the layers of ribbon to get them ready for recycling!
- Sew the ribbon onto a purse or bag to transform it into a personal statement!
- Wrap the ribbon around a heart-shaped wall decor piece to make it stand out!
- Attached the ribbon to a piece of cardboard and use it as a bookmark. You can even use colored glue to write your initials or team name on the ribbon.
- Tie the ribbon to the top of a team ornament to complete the memory!
- Tie all of the bows on a wreath frame and you’ll have the most unique wreath on the block!
- Use strips of all your different ribbons to make a piece of art! Use a glue gun to secure ribbons to a piece of cardboard, then add to a frame. Get creative with the ribbon placement too – mix vertical and horizontal placement, or lay one ribbon across other ones. You could also use just a few ribbons and write your favorite cheer phrase or school fight rally on them, then attach them to a color or print background and frame.
- Trim your ribbons and tie them to the top of your favorite pair of flip flops.
- Use the full length of your ribbons to create an outdoor chandelier by attaching them to a circle frame.
- Create your own prom corsage! Set your ribbons around a small flower arrangement – you can find everything you need at a craft store.
- Use your ribbon as hanging wire for pictures and other pieces of art. You can attach ribbon to the back of a canvas or franme with a glue gun, then tie the top pieces together in a bow and hang over a nail.
- Use your ribbon to decorate your favorite vase or plant potter. Just wrap it around and tie it! (You can use glue dots to secure the ribbon if needed – they won’t ruin the vase or the ribbon!)
- Use scrap pieces of the ribbon to decorate photo albums for your school year, cheerleading season, or for photo books for friends.
- Use a glue gun to attach your ribbon to a headband.
- Use pieces of your ribbon for a patchwork blanket. Include in the design, or use as the lining for edges! You can use your old uniforms and other apparel for the patchwork too!
- Use your old ribbon as a keyring or key charm.
- Add your ribbon to the top or bottom ring of a lampshade, or to the sides. You’ll create a one-of-a-kind home decor piece!
- Tie your old bows to your travel luggage for a clear and unmistakable identifier!
How else can cheerleaders recycle their old gear? Share your ideas with our readers in the comments!
Everyone loves getting new cheer gear, but it’s also important to
stick to a budget and prioritize what you really need. Keeping your cheer gear up-to-date will
help you stay safe and be the best cheerleader you can be.
Here are three signs it’s time to replace your gear:
- Your clothes have holes. This might be a good look for the beach, but keep holey clothes out of the gym. Holes in your clothes are a safety hazard for you and your teammates. If your teammates brush against you and get a finger caught in a hole in your shirt or shorts, they could break a finger or even drop you or lose their balance and pull you down with them. This is especially relevant to stunting, but worn-out clothing is a risk even when you’re side-by-side performing routines.
- Your clothes don’t fit. Clothing that is too loose can cause the same problems as above. That is why cheer practice wear is different than other sports’ practice wear. You don’t want to put yourself or your teammates at risk of getting their hands caught in excess clothing, so stick to fitted practice wear.
- The soles of your shoes are worn. We probably don’t have to tell you that if the sole of your shoe separates under your toes, creating a flap, you’ve got a problem. But your shoes could need replacing even before such an obvious sign. The grip could wear off, the seams could split, or the cushioning could flatten. If you notice your feet starting to hurt, replace your shoes because one of these things has likely happened. Luckily, good cheer shoes don’t have to break the bank.
When competitions are looming and girls just don’t have their
cheerleading apparel all together, this is reason to sweat. One thing that can make a squad stand out in a negative way in the eyes of judges is a lack of uniformity in the actual cheer uniforms. There is an easy, reliable and speedy way to remedy this without breaking parents’ banks in the process. Going online for cheerleading apparel can help any squad become the best dressed on the field.When coaches rely on a reputable online vendor to pick out their
cheer uniforms and accessories they can quickly be certain that all girls will be dressed the same down to the socks and shoes on their feet. To make this so – even if parents will do the individual ordering – coaches need to:Select the vendor – Pick out the vendor to handle the uniform orders for all members on a squad. Look for companies that offer easy online ordering, price beating guarantees and even free shipping on orders of certain amounts. If the company will deliver uniforms in little time at all and even help with the lettering, a coach is on the right track.Pick out the uniform – Make sure to select the right uniform style, color and lettering design. Do pass on the exact numbering information to parents.Select the accessories – Judges do pay attention to the accessories a squad uses. Socks, hair bows and even cheerleading shoes can all matter. Take the time to select these with care and pass on the specifics to parents.Pick out the pom poms –
Cheerleading pom poms must be uniform for competition even if the shoes don’t have to be. Again, coaches, it’s your job to do the selecting.Keeping all the girls on a squad uniform in their cheerleading apparel is a must for competition. When coaches pick the right vendors to tackle the job, making this so will not be difficult. Even if parents will be doing the actual ordering and paying, uniformity can be had when a good store facilitates.
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Add all your favorite styles to your own Wish List so you’ll never lose track of them! Save the items to purchase later, or send your Wish List to your friends and family to get their opinion (or give them some gift-buying guidance!).
The Product Review feature gives you recommendations from the people you can trust the most when it comes to cheerleading apparel: other cheerleaders! If you find yourself torn between two styles, check the reviews to get more insight. Product reviews are displayed right on the item page for easy reference.
After you purchase a item, come back and tell us how satisfied you are with the product value and quality, and if it met your expectations. You’ll help other cheereleaders with their purchases, and let us know if we need to improve a product.
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Cheerleading has been around for quite some time. Over the many decades,
cheerleading uniforms have drastically changed. While the cheerleader’s skirt has remained a constant, hemlines and cheer shell tops have evolved and seen many shapes and forms. Even today, new cheer uniform styles are popping up. We’ve seen stretch and double knit uniforms; cheer shorts and skirts; metallic and holographic
pom poms; jumbo sized cheer hair bows and glitter bows.
Over the past century,
cheerleading uniforms have dramatically been reshaped and reinvented to reflect the changes in American culture, fashion trends of the decades and the athleticism required in the progressive sport.
19th Century – 1930s
Cheerleading first began at the prestigious boys only college, Princeton . At that time, cheerleading was recognized only as a pep club. Uniforms consisted of matching collared shirts (long sleeves or short sleeves), slacks and belt. Depending on the weather, they would sometimes sport turtle necks and a sweater. The most important aspect to the cheerleading uniform at this time was the megaphone which helped organize the crowd to cheer in sync.
More and more women became an active aspect to the pep clubs in the 1940’s, changing the dynamic of the cheerleading uniform. The men’s uniform did not have much evolution and the women’s uniforms reflected the style of that time. Because there was not much movement involved, they wore long wool skirts, collared shirts and cardigans.
The 1950s became revolutionary for the cheerleading uniform due to cheerleading becoming popular on all campuses. The uniforms resembled more of a team look. Everyone wore matching long sleeve shirts with sporty stripes on the sleeves, tackle twill with the school’s letters and a megaphone. The captain’s “stature” was often evident because their uniform would be slightly different in the school color combinations and the tackle twill on their tops. Men wore pants with one stripe to three stripes running vertically down the outer side of the leg. Women’s skirts were still of wool material, but became slightly shorter, still remaining below the knee.
The 1960s was another revolutionary decade for the cheerleading uniform. As cheerleaders became more active and it was socially acceptable to have shorter skirts, the cheerleading uniforms completely changed in both fabric and style. No longer wearing tucked in blouses or button up shirts, cheerleaders of this decade wore breathable cotton based shirts, sweatshirts, crew neck sweaters, pants, and skirts. The skirts were now above the knee and pleats were introduced; a trend that would remain on the cheerleading uniform for decades to come.
During the “radical” 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys’ Cheerleaders forever changed the cheerleading uniform. They introduced bare midriff tops, short shorts and white boots. After stretching social boundaries and dress code limitations, the rest of the cheerleading uniforms industry quickly followed suite. Saddle shoes or Keds were replaced with athletic tennis shoes, shell tops were introduced, patch lettering became more ornate, sweater fit became tighter, one to three pleat designs, box pleats and plaid patterns were introduced to skirts and the skirt length was chopped in half.
1980s and 1990s
Uniforms in the ’80s and ’90s weren’t very different in style than today’s cheerleading uniforms. In addition to the pleat combinations introduced in the ’70s, striped tapping was added to the sides or the bottom of the cheer skirt.
After much stagnation in the ’80s and ’90s, cheerleading is radically shaped by the debate of whether it should be considered a sport or just a sideline activity. With more extreme stunts,
advanced tumbling moves and dance driven routines,
uniforms are now made from spandex and polyester mixes for more flexibility in movement. A-line skirts have also been a trending look due to it having less bulk and looking modern and streamline. All Star cheerleading squads have also dramatically changed uniform details by adding metallic spandex and animal print fabrics and using color combinations in brightly colored hues that are not available in the “traditional school colors”.
The Future of Cheerleading Uniforms
Though it’s hard to tell where cheerleading uniforms are headed, one thing is for certain: cheerleading uniforms will reflect the hotly debated topic of cheerleading being recognized as an organized sport. If it’s not a sport, cheerleading uniforms will continue on its path to resemble it’s NFL counter parts. If it does become a recognized sport, regulations will be required for schools and competitions; once again changing and shifting current designs. Only time will tell on the unforeseen future of cheerleading uniforms.
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Prom is just a few weeks away, and whether it’s your first or last time attending, the key to a fairy tale evening is in the planning. I may be lacking the official Fairy Godmother title, and that all-important wand, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help you make a truly magical memory! I hope you enjoy this four-week prom series! <3 Alexis
You don’t approach
cheerleading at a sporting event or competition without a game plan, so why would you go to one of the most exciting nights of your life without one? Choreograph a prom worthy of a first place finish with these simple planning tips.
Get on the list. Purchase your prom tickets as soon as possible. Many schools have a cut off date for ticket sales, and believe it or not, sometimes tickets sell out at larger schools. Purchasing early may get you special pricing, which could increase as the big event draws closer.
Build your entourage. Who you are going to travel with will affect your plans and reservations, so your group should be confirmed around the time you purchase your tickets. Don’t commit to spending the evening with anyone that makes you uncomfortable or may put you in danger.
Party like a prom star. Prom day is going to be busy, but creating a schedule can help you master the timing of everything you need to do. When you plan your day, don’t forget to put time aside for pre-prom dinner plans and photos (include any travel time also), and unless you want your dinner plans to include a drive-thru, make your reservations early. There is nothing worse than getting denied at the door.
Arrive in style. Don’t get stuck riding on your date’s skateboard to prom. However you choose to arrive, confirm if you are going to share the ride with other couples and make arrangements several weeks before prom. Keep in mind the capacity of your vehicle; six to 10 people can fit in a limo, 15 to 30 in a van, and up to 50 in a luxury bus.
Avoid a wardrobe malfunction. Be sure to make your appointment with a seamstress at least two weeks before prom. Bring the
shoes you are wearing to prom, so the seamstress will know exactly what length to make the dress (if it is too short your whole look can be ruined, and if it is too long you could trip over it!). Other areas to check for a perfect fit are the dress’ bust, straps and waist.
Strategize to mesmerize. You should have your hair, nail and
makeup appointments booked no later than six weeks before prom. Remember, salons are very busy during prom season, and you want to choose your time instead of getting stuck with what they have available. If you plan on tanning in a bed, you should start a month before prom. If you plan on getting a spray tan, you should start a few weeks before prom so your skin can adjust and develop the color.
Don’t forget! Make sure your date has ordered his tux and the flowers (if that is his responsibility) at least two weeks before prom.
Got prom budgeting on your mind? Ease your worries with these money saving tips.
Have your own words of wisdom when it comes to prom planning? We have a “comments’ section for that!
If you know anything about college cheerleading, then you’re probably familiar with the Oregon Ducks cheer squad. Even on the sidelines, the squad is performing advanced stunts and tumbling in support of their impressive and frequent-winning football team. Over the weekend, the cheer squad made the news for its
cheer accessories, as opposed to its moves. For an away football game against Washington, several cheerleaders shared images of their newest accessory: special colored contact lens in shades of yellow and green (like their team colors).
While we don’t know if wearing the lens were required to be worn by every team member, we have to wonder if such an accessory could also be a safety hazard? For those who aren’t used to wearing contact lens, the transition may be difficult and could cause a distraction when the focus should be on timing and stunts. Also, what about possible irritation or blurred vision?
We agree with many news sources that say these lens should have been saved for Halloween parties instead.
But we want to know what you think: is this a hazard or a harmless, spirited accessory?
Here’s the image from the team’s Twitter account: