Struggling with your pole dancing moves and want a bit more grip? Need some extra leg protection for those extended pole sessions? Want to look fabulous at the same time? Then you need a pair of boots in your life!
Not all boots are good (check the tips below for some pointers), but choose the right ones and you’ll benefit from significantly more grip while pole dancing.
Ankle boots are a great way to get some extra pole purchase while still having the option of a small heel. The added support they provide around the ankle will help you with some The Serpent and The Fairy. And of course they add some useful padding to protect your feet from any /2007/06/29/how-to-avoid-bruises-when-pole-dancing/”>scrapes and bruises.
Knee high boots
If you’d like a bit of extra help with your inverts – particularly The No Handed Bow – then a pair of knee high boots is ideal.
They’re also great for climbing the pole – they can give you a real boost when your arm strength is waning at the end of a long pole dancing session. I personally own a fabulous shiny pair!
Thigh high boots
The Pretty Woman boot, so perhaps not something to wear out on a Saturday night (or maybe only over a pair of skinny jeans)!
You should definitely consider getting a pair though, as these boots are simply amazing at gripping the pole. I’ve worn them while doing public (and sometimes very stressful) performances and the extra help they gave me was invaluable.
Thigh high boots are great for learning moves like the Knees – the padding around the knee joint makes the experience a little less painful, and their stickiness gives you some useful extra security while you practise.
Chest high boots
I’ve never seen these worn on the pole (please do send pictures if you have any!). I’m sure the grip would be phenomenal though – moves like the Superman would be almost too easy!
Be a material girl
Before you fall in love with a pair of pole dancing boots, do make sure they are made of the right material.
Soft leather boots are not good for pole dancing – they can be extremely slippery and offer you no grip at all. Plastic or shiny boots are a much better bet, but unfortunately there’s no sure-fire guarantee of stickiness, so – unless they come Pole Approved – make sure you check the refund policy before you buy!
Keeping your boots on
Boots with zips on the inside leg are usually the best option for pole dancing, though if you can find a pair of slip on boots that fit perfectly then that’s ideal. Hooks will tend to bend and may damage your pole, and laces in the wrong place will provide no grip on the pole.
For bigger boots in particular, make sure they fit you very well. If the boots are too loose then there’s a danger they will get stuck half way up the pole as you slide to the bottom – never a good look!
Give your boots the boot
Just as with /2007/05/01/5-products-to-help-you-grip-the-pole-and-why-you-shouldnt-use-them/”>pole dancing grip aids, don’t get addicted to your boots! Take your boots off once a while – you may be surprised how much harder it is to stick to the pole with your skin. As well as ensuring your pole dancing prowess remains top notch, many competitions do not allow boots because of the huge advantage they give.
Pole Approved boots
Tony L-4 (first image above) – These boots are Pole Approved for stickiness (and shininess!). I have no connection with the company other than owning a pair. A number of other pole dancers I know also rate them highly.
Pleaser also have a fine range of fine boots, but I don’t know anyone who owns a pair and so can’t comment on their stickiness. For places that sell Pleaser, please take a look at the /2007/05/23/put-on-your-pole-dancing-shoes-looking-after-your-feet-on-a-dance-pole/”>previous post on pole dancing shoes.
- Pleaser Expose 2000 – Starr has a pair of these knee high boots, which she says are sticky – and really comfy – too.
- Pleaser Sultry 3000 – Nurse Bettie rates these thigh high boots.
- Funtasma Exotica 2000 by Pleaser – Sarah says these are not only grippy, but the most comfortable boots she has.
Do you have a pair of sticky boots? Please post details below! We’d love to build up a list of pole approved boots to help others find a good pair..