If you are a follower of mine on Instagram or Twitter, you might have a hunch at what this post is about… sneakers. Pretty fun ones!
As as professional dancer who has been performing in the NBA for five seasons now, I have had my fair share of sneakers on my feet and on the dance floor.
When hearing about the new dance line Reebok is rolling out, I became instantly smitten. A new line of sneakers and gear just for dancers? Finally! I think it is wonderful that a major athletic brand is recognizing the need to design and cater towards dancers, movers, and Zumba enthusiasts alike.
With a quick look on their website, the first thing I noticed about this line was color. Such bright and fun color combos! After a few days of stalking my doorstep, I was excited and anxious to give the new Dance UR Lead Mid Shoes a try.
*Disclaimer: These shoes were provided to me, free of charge from Reebok through my ambassadorship with FitFluential. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and simply exchanged my time and experience for product. As always, all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
I hate to play the favorites game, but have to admit that this has been one of my most exciting reviews yet. I never promote products I do not believe in, and can fully show my new love for this brand and sneaker!
Are they not the cutest?
I became instantly giddy the day I saw them. Somehow the folks at Reebok know my adoration of pinks and purples, and I could not wait to take them out for a spin the next morning.
With a simple snap of Velcro, I felt pretty sassy and ready to rock.
There is just something about these shoes that makes me want to rise up on my toes and shake my hips. I have only taken Zumba a time or two, but can imagine how great that style of dancing feels in them!
Before trying them out, I had some pretty high expectations. Former So You Think You Can Dance favorite and current Dancing With the Stars cast member Chelsie Hightower endorses the brand, and I would think that her line of work requires the best of the best on her feet.
So how did they hold up?
UR Leads in Practice
I could not think of a better way to test out a pair of dance sneakers than to wear them to a four hour dance rehearsal.
Within a few minutes of walking in, I received quite a few oohs and ahhs over them. It is very common to wear this type of sneaker for the type of dancing I do, so I think it was the bright colors that made them stand out to my team mates.
Occasionally, a bit of a workout is thrown into our rehearsals, and this one required us to run about half a mile on an indoor track. I was a little worried at the start, since I came armed with support from dance sneakers, but have to say that they held their own.
Of course, these were in no way designed for running – and I would not recommend running in them – and shined best on the wood floor during our runs of dance routines.
With styles ranging from hip hop to jazz, I have to go through a lot of levels and variation in movement. These held me up, and kept me from sliding by gripping the floor in just the right spots.
I have quickly learned to love these shoes, and have a list of reasons why. Here are the highlights:
• Lightweight: There is cushioning in the sole, but it is extremely lightweight. This provides enough support for me to jump and spin, without holding me down to the floor.
• Flexible: There is mesh on the sides and front tip of the shoe, which makes it easy to breathe and move.
• Colorful + Unique: I am loving the mid-high top height and bright colors! The coral and purple is adorable, but I am dying to get a pair of the blue and green ones!
• Made for Dancers: These shoes were made to move in. There are pivot points on the bottom, and grips specifically placed and designed to allow smooth slides and turns.
I decided to take them out for another rehearsal last night on court. We are performing with Debbie Gibson in 80s wear, and I knew that the look of these sneakers would fit the bill perfectly.
Later on, I heard we are to wear a certain sneaker for the actual performance, and I was a little disappointed to realize the NBA debut of my UR Leads would have to wait.
No worries, though. I still rocked them out at the rehearsal, and with multiple performance teams there they (again) got the love and attention I predicted.
I adore these shoes! I am impressed by the design, and appreciate that they were created to support the jumps, spins, and grips dancers need during long rehearsals. They feel light and airy, and I really like the mesh material thrown onto the sides.
Comfort is key, and the bright color combinations are a bonus! The colors chosen for the line are funky and fresh, which is always what a stylish dancer is looking for. Retailing at $85 a pair, they seem to fit into the mainstream look and price of sneakers that dancers and fitness enthusiasts go for.
Way to go, Reebok! I am giving the Dance UR Lead Mid sneakers two enthusiastic thumbs up!