Dear Shoe Abby,
I am looking for a shoe for Jazzercise. I am a 160 pound female with flat wide feet.
There are two things to look for in Jazzercise shoes, or any aerobic activity shoe for that matter, stability for the lateral movements, and proper cushioning to minimize impact. If one of these features is lacking, you’re setting yourself up for possible injury.
When you’re shopping for your shoe, or when it arrives in the mail, hold each end of the shoe with your hands and give the shoe a slight twist. The forefront of the shoe should bend quit easily. Also, take a look at the laces- are they staggered or laterally positioned? If so, great! This will provide support to the forefront of your foot while exercising. The heel and toe area of the shoe should conform to your specific feet as well. The toe area should have enough room for your toes to wiggle around, but not be too loose. The common rule of thumb is to allow a thumbs width between your big toe and the tip of the shoe. The heel of the shoe should be a bit wider, and have a firm heel counter (this is the material that surrounds your heel).
I’ve found a great pair that think will work for you, the New Balance WX813. What I like about this shoe, is the stretch-neoprene quarter-panel and vamp with fused synthetic stabilizers which provide a custom-fit upper with minimal seam for no-rub comfort. The multi-density insert provides cushioning for superior comfort as well. The midsole is what New Balance terms as “C-CAP,” which is said to be soft without sacrificing flexibility. The biggest factor in choosing these shoes for you, are that we found New Balance to not only be a great aerobic shoe, but also conforms really well to flat, wide feet. Keep in mind that it may take a few pairs to really get a feel for the best shoe for you. If the New Balance pair doesn’t work out, Zappos.com makes it easy to browse through their selection by way of their sorting feature. Hint, after selecting “Women’s Athletic Shoes”, narrow your search down by choosing “Dance” and “Aerobic” within the performance category.
I hope this helps!