This is one of the most common questions we get asked by dancers.
Perhaps you are recovering from an injury, or are new to dance classes and need a dance trainer which will protect your ankles, knees and tendons.
Most of our dance trainers provide good support and cushioning and we will go review the best ones in a moment. However, the main point here is to steer away from low profile trainers such as the Amalgam, Freedom II, Slipstream and Fusion. These are designed for experienced dancers with strong arches and who are injury free.
The design of these type of dance trainers are based on a jazz shoe and are designed to be streamline and skin like, so they do not provide much support.
So, without further ado, here are our top 3 dance trainers for those looking for a trainer with the best levels of support and cushioning.
The Bloch Boost is available in 4 colours; black, orange, blue and pink as well as a black canvas version (a popular choice for vegans!).
The trainer has been around for a number of years and is a consistently good seller and Bloch has recently launched it in orange, blue and pink.
They have all the features you would expect from a high-quality split sole dance trainer; a non-marking sole, good spin spots and a flat surface on the top of the toe to make toe stands easier (not all dance styles include this move but the trainer is ready if you are!)
The uppers are sturdy and help stop the foot from rolling and they have an excellent cushioned insole with arch support.
The Boost is made from high-quality materials so they remain supportive long after purchase.
They are a little heavier than some of our other trainers but not significantly so, and it is not really noticeable when they on the foot.
So for all of these reasons, we give it the UKD gold award for support and cushioning.
The Bloch Waves have been around for about 2 years and are available in a wide choice of colour finishes. Some colour finishes have been inspired by Zumba, so if you are looking for a colourful trainer you should find one that suits!
The advantage of the Bloch Waves is that while they offer a good level of support they are also lightweight.
The cushioning is not as good as the Bloch Boost but more than sufficient for most dancers. So if you don't have an old injury but still want good support and cushioning then this model is a good choice.
Again, they have all the dance features you need for a great class and the colour range means you can get one to compliment your favourite outfit or personal style.
A good all rounder, the Capezio Bolt is available with a choice of colour finishes.
There is good cushioning in the heel and toe. The Capezio Bolt also has excellent padding around the heel area and in the tongue. A good choice for sensitive feet.
So there we have it, our top 3 trainers for support and cushioning!
If you still have questions then please do feel free to call our customer service team, who have years of experience in helping dancers. They will be able to offer you advice and guidance to ensure you get the right pair for you!