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What characteristics make a dance shoe? Will they really make a difference in my dancing? Dance shoes are more comfortable and give more freedom of movement, especially for women. The biggest difference between regular street shoes and dance shoes are the soles. Dance shoes are made with either leather or suede bottoms, which allow better movement on the dance floor, particularly during spins. Leather bottoms are popular with Swing dancers and Suede bottoms are popular with Latin and Swing dancers. Suede bottomed shoes have a non-slip grip on the dance floor and can also create long-lasting spins. Leather bottoms make it easier to slide on the dance floor. Another difference is that dancing shoes are designed to stay on the heels better. Again, this makes a big difference while spinning, as it is usually the heel that slips out of regular street shoes first while dancing. ...