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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.

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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.

 

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I’m usually a really decisive person. I know what I like and I can decide on things quickly. When I knew I wanted to buy Zumba shoes, I wanted to get the highly acclaimed Bloch Lightenings in Multi…

I love that the background is black and that these would literally go with everything and anything.

I even ordered them in my normal size (8), but when they arrived, they were so tight that I couldn’t even get them on my foot. The nice thing about Zappos is that returns are simple, and I got credited to my account right away.  But I still needed shoes.  I went back and read the reviews on Zappos, and found that most people had ordered a size up.  I tried to get them in a 9, but they were sold out.  That was more than a month ago, and I’m still waiting.  I’m just too impatient to wait any longer, and rather than go to a retailer I don’t trust, I decided to go back to Zappos and see what they have.

Two choices in the Bloch Lightening (which really are supposed to be the best shoes for Zumba), pink or lime.  I don’t hate either, but I’m not in love with either.  I’m sort of {meh} about both.  And since we’re talking about workout shoes, not shoes for the red carpet, it’s time to just make a decision.

So, here’s where I need your input.  Which do I choose?  Lime?  Pink?  Help me decide, please.

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I really want to get these shoes squared away, because as soon as the weather turns cooler, making outdoor exercising a thing of the past, I’m going to be taking Zumba 2-3 times a week.

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Update 9/2:  As luck would have it, neither of these shoes were available on Zappos in the size I needed.  Since I had the store credit for the other returned shoes, I needed to find something there that would work.  Yesterday at Zumba I asked the instructor what she recommended (she had on the lime & purple ones, above), and she said that she has many different pairs of Blochs, in all different styles/colors.  She loves them for Zumba/dance classes, and she said that lots of other Zumba teachers do, too.  So, I went on Zappos this morning  searching for other Bloch styles, and I found these:

Bloch Apex in Marine

I love that they have a black background (as opposed to white, like both styles above), and that they were in my size!  I think the turquoise and yellow makes them fun and funky – all the things I was looking for in a Zumba shoe.  And after looking at them really closely, I really don’t see any difference between these and the Lightenings.  So, I think these are going to be a great choice.

Thanks again for everyone who voted – I really appreciate the input.

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