We would recommend flat or medium thick heeled shoes with leather soles for most of our dance venues with wooden floor. Avoid spiky killer heels, sandals, slippers, even sports shoes with gripping rubber soles.

Some specific Swing Dance shoes brands we love:

All of above shoes can be yours via online shopping and shipping.

If you are not ready to buy specific Swing dance vintage styled shoes, Keds sneaker brand with the iconic white Keds Champion model is one of the most popular choices for dancers worldwide in training, social dances and dance competitions. You can suede / chrome your Keds to give them the leather smooth soles for wooden floors, or not, to add some grip.

For those of you in (or traveling to) Vietnam, we have found a few options for you to explore:

  • Dominique Saint Paul (local ready made and custom made leather, for men and women)
  • Fugashin Saigon
  • ZEAL (Vietnamese sneakers with light non-marking soles, for boys and girls) --> out of business :-(
  • More than Basis (24 Đặng Thị Nhu, D.1, HCMC)
  • MỘT (Vietnamese sneaker with iconic Vietnamese map on the sole, unisex)


  • 2 to 3-day trip to Hoi An (DAD airport) for custom leather shoes (tips) and vintage clothing

Some interesting reads for all your shoes-crazed dancers to answer one of the most FAQs of them all: