Capezio can trace its humble beginnings way back to 1887 when Italian cobbler, Salvatore Capezio, moved to New York city. He began repairing shoes for the dancers of the Metropolitan Opera House. Eventually, he transitioned to making shoes when one of the biggest tenors needed a pair due to an emergency.
One day, Anna Pavlova ordered a pair for her entire dance company, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Capezios third and fourth generation family continues his legacy by making high quality dance shoes that A-list performers of our time love to own.
These stars include no less than Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake. The companys strong ties with dance has now expanded to more modern forms of expressions like street and contemporary dance and, of course, Zumba.
Capezio shoes are the perfect companion for your Zumba sessions since theyre meant to fit you like a second skin for your feet. They are one of the most flexible dance zumba shoes you will ever find today.
Here is our list of the best Capezio Zumba footwear as of today (End of 2014 Beginning of 2015):
#6 Capezio DS19 Web
Pros: This is a fun take on Capezios dance sneakers. The web design may look quirky but it functions as a support for the mesh and it does its job really well. It still has a split sole design for maximum flexibility and the boxed heel for those moves that require you to stand on your toes.
Cons: Aside from its design, not much is different about the DS19. There are also a lot of complaints about it being too slippery. This is probably not the shoes for you if you have weak feet and legs.
#5 Capezio Canvas Dance Sneaker
Pros: We were pleasantly surprised by how flexible the Canvas Dance Sneaker turned out to be despite its clunky appearance. Its width is more reasonable compared to the snug dance shoes in the market today. For those into Zumba, this is a great transitional shoe for those who love the feel of the sneaker but the slide and flexibility of a good dance shoe.
Cons: These shoes were made to be snug so make sure you know your right size before buying as they might hurt or injure your feet if they end up being too tight. The canvas also offers less breathability compared to a meshed one.
#4 Capezio Bolt
Pros: The Capezio bolt is one of the more fashionable lines dance shoes. Its highly breathable mesh is black but its stripped design comes in very bright shades of pink and blue. Its split sole design offers great support for people who have exceptionally flat feet. Its a good pair of starter shoes for those who are just beginning their Zumba classes.
Cons: Although its a good pair of shoes, we dont find anything particularly exceptional with the bolt. Its also built quite small so ordering two sizes up is the only logical solution. This is not so great for people who are attached to the feel of wider sneakers.
#3 Capezio Freedom
Pros: Capezios Freedom line is definitely made for the serious dance fanatic. Its made to hug your feet well making it feel like your second skin. This might feel a little strange for some people when they start wearing it but once you start moving, youll notice the difference in your foot movement and flexibility compared to regular tennis sneakers.
You will understand why a real dance shoe is needed indoors. After wearing a Freedom, you wouldnt want to settle for anything else.
Cons: Capezio freedom is incredibly lightweight. Anyone who needs a little more cushion should look elsewhere as you might experience pain on your ankles and your knees during sudden jumps and turns.
#2 Capezio Womens DS11
Pros: The DS11 is one of the most popular Zumba shoes across all brands for a reason. The thick padding provides your ankles with maximum protection.
This is great for people who experience pain in that area after long periods of dancing. The soles grip is just enough for controlled pivoting and gliding across hardwood floors. The best part is that people who have experienced knee pains while doing Zumba, seem to have improved with these shoes.
Cons: The DS11 is a little clunkier and heavier compared to other models because of the thick heel and ankle support. Those who dont find the support necessary should try other models instead. Minor complaints such as shoe laces being too long has also been reported.
#1 Capezio Womens DS24
Pros: The DS24 is the best Capezio shoes for zumba on our list to date. Its soles may not contain as much cushion as other dancing shoes but it still has a very well padded notch in your Achilles area. Its also extremely lightweight and fits snuggly on your feet. Perfect for those who take their moves seriously.
Like any other other well-built Capezio shoe, the DS24s toe tip is slightly flattened for those steps that need you to be, literally, on your toes. Its also made for proper air circulation so your feet can be guaranteed maximum breathability.
Cons: Sliding and gliding in this pair comes easily but, as a result, those who do Zumba in hardwood floors may find this shoe a bit slippery. It has a split sole design so people with undeveloped feet strength and people with high arches might feel a little pain.
All in all, very good Capezio Zumba sneakers are not hard to find. You just have to figure out what your level is when it comes to the strength of your feet and your leg muscles to prevent any injuries or pain.
If youve been doing Zumba for quite some time and you dont experience any particular issues with your feet, go with the snug and lightweight models. If youre just starting out, then chances are, your feet are still weak. You will have a better experience with a more padded model because of the protection it offers.
Theyre also good for those who really love the feel of a regular sneaker. The price range that Capezio offers is also very reasonable for all models so there shouldnt be any issue with overpricing.
Good luck on your search and keep dancing!