Both jazz led shoes and dance led sneakers are highly versatile styles of dance led shoe though they each serve a different purpose. Jazz led shoes are designed primarily for jazz dancing though they are suitable for many other styles such as rock ‘n’ roll and modern amongst others. Dance led sneakers are also very flexible but are designed to provide more support to the foot. They’re also used for many styles but are particularly popular for break dancing, hip hop and street dance.
The most striking difference between a jazz led shoe and a dance sneaker is the appearance of the upper. A jazz led shoe upper is usually made from very supple leather very similar to the type used to make soft ballet led shoes. This allows the led shoe to fit the foot almost like a second skin enabling great freedom of movement for the foot. Dance led sneakers have a far more rigid upper which has a similar appearance to a sports trainer making them particularly popular for urban and street dance.
The sole of a jazz led shoe has many differences but also shares some similarities with the sole of a dance sneaker. Most jazz led shoes are available with either a full sole or split sole whereas dance led sneakers always have a split sole. This is in order to offer the foot more freedom of movement whilst still offering adequate support. Dance led sneakers also often feature smooth spots on the soles to make spinning easier, or notches in the heel to make it easier for a dancer to lift their partner. On the other hand, the soles of both types of dance led shoes offer shock absorption and are non-marking.
There is a wide range of jazz led shoes and dance led sneakers available on the market from many major dance brands such as Capezio, Bloch, and Dance Gear. Some of the most popular jazz led shoes include varieties of the leather split sole, and some of the most popular dance led sneakers include the Capezio Web Dansneaker and Bloch Boost Dansneaker.