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The Best Shoes for Lindy Hop & Swing Dance, with Hanna Yanello

It's Thursday and I feel like talking about my favorite dance shoes. While there are plenty of cheap options out there, the following guide is for dancers that are ready to take their next step into fancy footwork, slick slides, and more. Enjoy (or don't enjoy) this non-exhaustive list.

photo by @broadsizevisuals

My current favorite brands, made by dancers for dancers:

✨ Swivells , based out of France.

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"The Swivells adventure began in a small apartment in the heart of Paris's Batignolles district. This is where materials are studied, technical specifications drawn up and shoes designed. The rest takes place in Spain, in a small family workshop run by Maria and her three brothers. And because quality knows no boundaries our models are worn, and loved, in over 40 countries around the world!"

I own several pairs of Swivells boots currently and they are a go-to for a classy look. I love these for performance especially. Amelie is incredibly responsive and helpful and my experience with their team is that they go above and beyond to make sure quality shoes are received. It's been a joy dancing in Swivells for the last 5 years. They offer a variety of solid color options in their boots, have a sandal option, and recently have started offering a sneaker that looks pretty sweet. They wear in well and are comfortable from the moment you put them on, which isn't always the case with new shoes 😉

Fun facts: Swivells donates on a monthly basis to the Frankie Manning Association, is family run, offers leather & vegan shoes, and carries mens' & womens' shoe options.

✅Support: 8/10 designed w a soft insole but this wears down w excessive use

✅Toe Box: 7/10 the leather expands and molds to fit your foot in a very comfortable manner

✅Durability: 9/10 I have worn my most recent pair (gold vegan) 2-3 times a week typically for the last 2 years and they are only now nearing the point of being retired from the dance floor

✅Spin: 9/10 leather soles make for great movement; extremely slick on fast floors

✅ European/US Sizing: I am a Size 9 US. I wear size 40 European for this company. Note: I have noticed the sizing varies model to model just a bit. If ordering, don't be afraid to email Amelie and verify sizing before making your purchase.

🔥 Fuegos , based in the U.S.

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Fuegos are an all-in-one dance sneaker engineered for dancing on any surface. They are one of the comfiest sneakers I've worn. Fuegos are the pair of shoes in my closet that I nearly always opt to wear due to their flexibility, comfortability, and wearability on and off the dance floor. They're easy to spot with the two low-traction circles on the sole. Get yourself a pair!

photo by @broadsizevisuals

✅Support: 8/10 designed without much built in support for high arches; will need an insole for high arches

✅Toe Box: 8/10 wide toe box, tapers a bit towards the toe but is flexible and flexes with use

✅Durability: 7/10

✅Spin: 10/10 moves well on pretty much every surface

✨ Saint Savoy , based out of Austria.

Beautiful leather shoes/heels with an incredible variety of styles. I own a pair of heels and they are one of the comfiest pairs of heels I wear (and if you know me, you know I prefer dancing in flats!). If you are in search of that perfect pair of either heels or a solid dressy dance shoe, this is the place for you. They're the yellow ones in the picture below. Have fun browsing!

photo by @broadsizevisuals

✅Support: 9/10 fantastic support for high arches

✅Toe Box: 10/10 comfortable immediately; leather molds to shape of foot

✅Durability: 7/10 *haven't had long yet nor do I use heels as often as I do my other shoes

✅Spin: 10/10

✅ European/US Sizing: I am a Size 9 US. I wear size 40 in heels with this company

These are the shoes I wear and imperfect ratings based off of my experience ❤ Feel free to share your favs below.

Other great brands out there to check out as well:

Big thanks to Hanna for this guest article! You can check out some of her work at and follow her on Instagram @thrivingthroughjazz

If this blog has you ready to swing out, be sure to check out the rest of our site for upcoming Lindy Hop dances & swing dance events here in Philadelphia.

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