Why pole-dancing shoes should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe

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I WOULD consider myself an average kind of girl; not particularly feminine, but definitely not a tomboy.

I suppose I do like to dress nicely, but when it comes to high heels I have absolutely no time for them at all. Okay, that’s a lie — I have a standard pair of chunky black high heels that I will reluctantly wear to formal events, but I usually end up in bare feet after the 4th or 5th champagne. Other than my sturdy and faithful black heels which I wear on the very rare occasion, I’m all about the ballet flats for work and Birkenstocks on weekends.

However, a few years ago I tried on a pair of heels that would change my life forever. They were the most comfortable pair of heels — maybe even shoes — that had ever adorned my feet. The cushioning on the sole provided a level of comfort that I had never experienced before. The straps over my toes and around my ankles moulded perfectly to my foot, as if I was Cinderella trying on the glass slipper. The grip on the bottom of the heels made me feel balanced and confident, and my legs had never looked better. Since then, I have worn them about two or three times a week with absolutely no pain, no blisters and no complaints.

I have all the time in the world for these babies — I’m talking about my hot pink, 6 inch platform heels. They’re perfect for spinning around a pole.

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Grip on the bottom and cushioning on the inner sole … So easy to wear.

Now before you jump to conclusions I do pole dancing for fitness, not as a profession — although I have absolutely no problem with those who do. Anyone who has tried the increasingly popular sport will tell you how exhilarating and empowering pole dancing is. Nothing beats the feeling of when you’ve nailed that super scary move that you never thought you would be able to do. Pole dancing has been amazing for my confidence and self-esteem, I feel like I’m continuously surprising myself in every class. If you told me years ago that one day I would feel comfortable enough to wear booty shorts with massive high heels, I would never have believed you.

What many people don’t realise about those “crazy stripper” heels is that they do actually serve a purpose and many dancer (myself included) struggle without them. Firstly the straps are usually latex or patent leather, which helps you grip when you’re climbing a pole and protects the delicate bones on top of your feet. Secondly, the grip on the bottom of the shoes help you pivot and do pretty turns. And thirdly, the height of the platform helps you grab the pole higher than you usually would be able to.

The platform under the ball of the foot and the ankle strap also makes them incredibly comfortable image

The platform under the ball of the foot and the ankle strap also makes them incredibly comfortable.

All of these factors make for a seriously deceivingly comfortable pair of heels, that even male dancers manage to perform their tricks in. I’ve seen guys wear massive platforms so big that they put my measly 6 inches to shame.

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I’ve discussed the comfort level of these shoes with my fellow dancers. The general consensus is that the combination of a non-slip sole, a heavily cushioned inner sole and ankle support from the strap that makes these the most deceptively comfortable shoes on the market.

Michelle Shimmy, professional pole dancer and co-owner of the Pole Dance Academy adds that the platform base that balances the stiletto heel is the icing on the cake.

“I think it’s because the platform is so high that it takes the pressure off ball of your foot” she says.

“I can wear them all night.”

Oh, and the best bit? You can buy them online for about $80. What’s not to like? (5)

Henry Sapiecha

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