Best Sneakers For Pole Dancing

Our favourite pole-dancing sneakers and trainers for pole dance classes when you want alternative footwear

sneakers for pole dancing

Whilst sneakers and trainers are not traditionally worn to pole dancing classes it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them. In fact, there are some great dance sneakers out there that you can wear when pole dancing for fun and fitness if you don’t want to train in bare feet or high-heeled platform pole-dancing shoes.

This buying guide is here to give you some tips to consider when choosing a pair of sneakers for pole dancing. And that’s not all, we’ve gone ahead and picked some of the best sneakers that you can wear for pole class that give you a grip on the pole and allow you to pivot and point your toes.

At a Glance: Our Top Pole Dance Sneakers for Pole Fitness

What to Look for in Dance Sneakers for Pole Dancing

Pole dancing involves gliding, spinning, climbing, and inverting and you need a pair of sneakers which allow you to do this. Dance sneakers made from leather with arch support and pivot points make the best trainers for pole dance classes as they allow you to pivot, pirouette, and climb as well as being light enough to invert in.

When looking to buy sneakers for pole dancing you should look for the following features.

The pivot balls

When performing pirouettes or twists you need your sneakers to allow you to do this. If the sneakers you choose have grips, you’re not going to be able to spin on the spot very easily. Opt for dance shoes with pivot balls on the toe and or the heel. This will allow you to pivot in place with ease.


Sneakers with a split sole are perfect for pole dancing.


Pole moves and postures look aesthetically pleasing when you have long lines to the tips of your toes. If your sneakers don’t allow you to point your toes – how will you achieve lovely lines? Look for dance shoes that provide flexibility so you can point your toes.

Arch support

Dance shoes with built-in arch support offer extra elevation to accentuate the arch for dance. Again it’s all about aesthetics. Shoes with arch support will help achieve those all important pointed toes.


A pole dancer needs feet that grip the pole. Wearing sneakers made from canvas will not help you climb the pole, there will be no friction and it will take extra effort to climb the pole. Look for dance shoes made from leather or plastic.


You’re going to be dancing for at least an hour so pole-dancing sneakers must be comfortable. Look for dance sneakers with cushioned heels, extra padding and arch support.


No one likes sweaty feet, it makes your shoes smell after a bit! Look for dance sneakers made from breathable materials.


Inverting or dancing in sneakers that weigh a ton is not going to be fun, and whilst you’ll get a better ab work out when inverting you actually want to make the experience enjoyable so opt for lightweight sneakers for pole dancing.

Best Dance Sneakers for Pole Dancing

More information about our favourite pole dancing sneakers.

Capezio Women’s DS11 Fierce Dansneaker

This dance sneaker by Capezio is made by one of the most trusted names in dance shoes.

The Fierce Dansneaker has a built-in patented flex points and forepart spin spot so spins with ease, perfect for those pirouettes around the pole.

Made from a combination of Nappa PU leather and tech-mesh upper means the sneaker is breathable and allows you some grip on the pole.

The padded tongue, collar and Achilles notch along with the contoured, cushioned, removable EVA footbed mean that these sneakers are a dream to dance in. They’re so comfortable you’ll want to keep them all day.

Some technical specifications:

  • 100% Manmade
  • Manmade sole
  • Heel measures approximately 1″
  • Platform measures approximately 0.75″

It’s worth noting that the shoe runs approximately 1 size smaller than street shoe size so it’s recommended that you buy 1/2 – 1 size up from your regular street shoe size.

Capezio Women’s EJ1 E-Series Jazz Shoe

The Capezio Jazz shoe is a great option for pole dancers as the durable leather upper offers grip on the pole whilst the non-slip heel counter prevents you from slipping. Comfort is provided by the soft, durable leather, EVA forefoot patch and hee as well as Achilles relief in the heel counter. The slip sole allows for quick changes in your pole routine.

Bokimd Women’s Leather Jazz Dance Sneaker Split-Sole Ballroom Sport Boots
The Bokimd dance sneaker is a very affordable option for those looking to try out dance sneakers for pole classes before investing in a more expensive brand. These sneakers are a great option but do not offer as many features as say the Capezio above do.

The high-top sneaker is made from 100% leather so you will have no problems gripping the pole when you climb. Whilst they are lined with moisture-absorbing brushed material they may not be as breathable as the sneakers listed above.

They are fitted with a shock-absorbing sole, high-quality leather upper and cushioned EVA insole for your comfort. These pole dance sneakers also have anti-skid split soles and are flexible making them very wearable.

Some technical specifications:

  • Heel Height: 1.5″
  • 100% leather
  • Imported

Frequently Asked Questions About POle Dance Sneakers

Brands of sneakers suitable for pole dancing

Bloch, Capezio and other brands of split-sole jazz shoes are the perfect brands for sneakers for pole dancing.

The best material for trainers used for pole dancing

The best materials for pole dancing sneakers are leather or plastic as they allow you to grip the pole.