Do you call a couple of months ago when I needed some advice about which color I should buy the Bloch Lightening shoes in? I really wanted the Multi, but they’d been out of stock so long on Zappos, that I finally broke down and decided to go with another color? Well, I’m so glad that I did.
I am LOVING the turquoise, yellow, green, and black combo! They pair nicely with so many of the clothes I workout in, and they have just the right amount of pizzazz for Zumba shoes.
I wanted to try them out both in a class at the gym as well as at home for this review. I can say that at first they’re really slippery, especially on my bamboo floors at home. I felt like I was going to slide across the floor a few times that first evening. They were better at the gym because those hard wood floors aren’t quite as smooth as mine at home.
The sole of the shoe has that unique pivot point near the ball of the foot that makes turns a breeze. I’ve never been able to move as quickly as I have while wearing these shoes. I still may not be completely graceful (yet!), but I didn’t feel like the shoes were holding me back, as I used to wearing my Ascics or even my Reebok Flex. The right equipment makes all the difference in performance, and these shoes are no exception to that statement. I know I’m going to be a better Zumba participant now that I have the proper shoes.
These shoes are the opposite of clunky sneakers. I love their lightness; I feel like I could dance all day in these shoes! I’m not sure how they’d hold up for walking/running, but they’re meant as dance shoes, and that’s what I plan to do when I’m wearing them. These are the go-to Zumba and U-Jam Fitness shoes, for sure.
I agree with the reviewers on Zappos who said that these shoes run small. I originally bought the 8 1/2 (I normally wear an 8 in sneakers), but had to go up to a 9 for them to fit comfortably. Now that I have the 9s though, I can say that these are really comfortable shoes, even with my recent by plantar fasciitis.
The price is great, too. I picked them up for $66 on Zappos, and I know it’s going to be money well spent, because I’ll get a ton of use out of them.
All in all, I highly recommend these shoes. I also recommend you buy them in person so you can try them on, or like I did, on Zappos, where you get free shipping both ways.