Best Cheer Shoes Reviewed & Rated

No matter your cheer standard, whether you’re a professional athlete attending multiple competitions annually or just take part as a bit of fun with friends, everyone needs the right footwear. Wearing the right cheer footwear can take those lifts, jumps and flips to the next level.

Cheerleading is a complex and demanding sport. In a fast paced environment involving any combination of dance, stunts, jumps and kicks, having the right foundation is going to make all the difference. But what makes a good cheer shoe and why?

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NFinity Vengeance
  • NFinity Vengeance
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Open mesh
  • Pylon pads
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New Balance KX624
  • New Balance KX624
  • 4.3 out of 5
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  • Non-marking outsole
  • Padded interior
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Skechers Biker II
  • Skechers Biker II
  • 4.4 out of 5
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  • Flexible sole
  • Zigzag stitching
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Cheer shoes generally follow a few basic rules. The color should be all white, the fabric should be easy to clean, keeping them show perfect, and lastly, it is important to find the right balance between durability and lightweight feel. Additional features such as cushioning and the integrity of the sole will provide additional support and comfort.

There are dozens of brands and styles on the market and when it appears there is so much to consider, choosing a pair can seem a confusing task. However, this comprehensive breakdown of our top ten best cheer shoes will help you decide which is the right fit for you.

 

10 Best Cheer Shoes

 

1. NFinity Vengeance

Durability meets lighter than light. NFinity has used the latest technology to create a cheer shoe that ticks all the right boxes. This feather light shoe effortlessly provides comfort through a sculpted interior and exterior structure whilst still providing a light, barefoot feel. Bubble laces that stay tied coupled with a natural rubber outer sole guarantee support where it counts, meaning so can you.
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Lightweight
Nfinity’s most lightweight cheer shoe to date. Weighing in at an astonishing 3.9 oz, these shoes are guaranteed not to weigh you down, helping you take those jumps and kicks a notch higher.

Support
Specifically designed to fit tight to the foot, an interior and exterior skeleton provide essential support without sacrificing weight, limiting any risk of injury through unwanted ankle movement.

Cost and Value
Despite being half the weight Vengeance is unfortunately not half the price. But despite sitting at the slightly higher end of the price scale, with all their additional features and the added lightweight material it’s definitely worth the extra.
Pros
  • 1. Upper mesh allows easy customization 
  • Three strategically placed pads for durability 
  • Support and tight fit for safety
  • Lightweight at only 3.9 oz
Cons
  • Sizes run small 
  • Tight fit may not be suitable for wider feet

2. New Balance KX624

The perfect choice for beginners. This sneaker provides all of the durability, support and comfort necessary to cheer without breaking the bank. If you’re just getting started in cheer or simply enjoy it as a little bit of fun in the backyard then this all rounder is the one for you.
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Durability
A strong rubber sole and leather outer material, these shoes stand the test of time. The non-marking outer sole gives you stage-ready, perfectly white pumps all year round.

Comfort
Complete with an injection folded midsole, six lace closure and cushioned interior, the KX624 take comfort that one step further. These features coupled with a padded collar and tongue ensure your snug right through those long competition days.

Cost and Value
Durable, comfortable and affordable. Below average in market price, the KX624 is a great choice to begin your cheer career, everything you need but without breaking the bank!
Pros
  • Textile and cushioned lining for extra comfort
  • Stitching perforation allowing feet to breathe
  • Arch support 
  • Long lasting and durability through tough design
Cons
  • Limited flexibility
  • Not specifically a cheer shoe

3. Skechers Biker II

Practicality meets style. Known for their high quality and diversity, Skechers have provided a beautifully fashioned shoe through Biker, without compromising all the flexibility and durability cheer demands. The smooth leather finish with glitter logo will ensure you stand out from the crowd.
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Flexibility
The flexible rubber traction outsole makes bending, pointing and flexing your feet in all directions an easy task. From pointed toes during a pike to preparing for a lift, this minor detail can go a long way.

Shock Absorption
Biker shoes make those landings a little easier and a little softer through a shock absorbing midsole. Meaning you can push higher and land lighter.

Cost and Value
Skechers known for their affordability, average at price competition within the market. But providing not only a suitable cheer shoe but also a fashion piece, you’re getting 2-in-1 deal.
Pros
  • Micro-perforated leather panels for breathability
  • Flexible rubber outsole
  • Long-lasting, non marking outsole 
  • Stylish finish and glitter logo
  • Shock absorbing midsole
Cons
  • Easy slip on may compromise shoes stability
  • Narrow design may not be suitable for wider feet

4. New Balance WX623v3

4. New Balance WX623v3
Improved breathability, durability and comfort with this new model; the WX623v3 is the new and revised. Created with the latest technology, the WX623v3 provides the utmost shock absorption and support through its EVA footbed, ABZORB crash pad and AMEVA midsole. A shoe you can rely on to support you!
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Absorption
New and improved ABZORB crash pad heel to improve cushioning and force absorption make the WX623v3 the perfect jumping shoe. You’ll even feel a little spring in your step as you strut your stuff as they are super bouncy.

Support
The combination of the AMEVA midsole, EVA footbed and strong arch make the WX623v3 easy on the ankles, knees and back, washing away any aches and pains from previous injuries and actively reducing the risk of new ones!

Cost and Value
With all that new technology you’d think these would be made payable in gold plates, but hitting just slightly above average in our Top 10s price range, the WX623v3’s are an absolute steal.
Pros
  • EVA footbed for extra flexibility
  • Non-marking outsole making them easy to keep fresh
  • Springy crash pad making jumping and landing a breeze
  • Very supportive, making them great for people with previous injuries 
Cons
  • Sizes run short in the toes
  • Quite chunky, may be more of a walking shoe

5. NFinity Evolution

5. NFinity Evolution
Watch your cheer performance evolve with NFinitys Evolution Cheer shoe. A “slipper-esque” fit, these shoes are not designed to fit like a normal shoe. Lightweight at just 6.5 oz these ultra flexible, high-performance competition shoes are designed for those serious athletes. Strategically placed rubber outsole pods ensure durability with compromising your cheer goals.
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“Slipper-esque” fit
Designed to fit like a slipper, the Evolutions provide enhanced cushioning through ergonomically designed insoles that will have you light on your toes with superior flexibility and comfort.

Support
AnkleLoc Technology enhancing the heel fit around the ankle and NFiniFit in the forefoot, combined with the interlocking bubble lace system means this super light shoe packs a punch in ankle stability.

Cost and Value
Priced at less than our leading contender, the Vengeance, the Evolution provides all the latest technology at lesser the cost with only an extra 2.6 oz per foot in return, what more could you ask for?
Pros
  • Ergonomically designed insole for comfort, arch support and enhanced cushioning
  • Tight fit and bubble laces ensure a secure fit to prevent injury 
  • AnkleLoc technology enhances fit there increasing performance 
  • Combo of leather and sateen balances support with breathability
Cons
  • Tight fit causes show to run small, sizing may be hard to judge
  • Competition shoe, less durable

6. Fila Memory

6. Fila Memory
Solid and sturdy, this classic has a twist. A memory foam layer gives a heavenly cushiony feel, perfect for those long hours of practice. Leather and synthetic materials with strategically placed overlays provide that essential structural integrity for support without compromising breathability. Fila combines quality material, durability and support with a sleek finish.
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Slip resistant
This shoe prides itself on its stability. A slip during a stunt can mean the whole squad suffers but the Fila Memory has an anti-slip rubber outsole cut in all directions for added grip.

Comfort
A combination of an EVA midsole and memory foam sock liner the Fila Memory is easy on those arches, providing a memorable and long-lasting comfort.

Cost and Value
With the added bonus of memory foam without the added cost, these shoes still fall in below average on our price scale.
Pros
  • Cushion through a memory foam sock liner
  • Rubber outsole with proven durability
  • EVA midsole for extra comfort
  • Full leather upper providing additional support
Cons
  • Not specifically a cheer shoe
  • Flexibility may be limited

7. RYKA Intent XT 2 SR

7. RYKA Intent XT 2 SR
Specifically designed for women (sorry chaps you're out of this one), the Intent XT 2 combines a more narrom heel, foot area that's wider, and a more well fitted footbed to perfectly complement the shape of your foot. The result? A high-performance shoe with not only comfort but control.
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Traction
Providing slip-resistant rubber coverage for extra grip during those challenging stunts and perfectly balanced kicks the Intent XT 2 can be relied upon.

Fit
The latest technology and research have formulated the perfectly fit for the female foot. The Intent XT 2 provides support without losing durability.

Cost and Value
Well within the affordable range, these shoes are a safe haven for your wallet. Filled with female specific features, you can rest assure that your money is being spent on something specific for you!
Pros
  • Slip resistant
  • Compression moulded EVA for extra support
  • Water & stain repellent with Scotchgard protector
  • Designed specifically for women (A pro if you’re a woman)
Cons
  • Designed for women only (A con if you're not a woman)
  • Slightly stiff meaning flexibility may be compromised

8. Nike Sideline III

8. Nike Sideline III
A sleek design of synthetic leather and mesh uppers for dynamic support and enhanced durability. Non-marking rubber outsoles with medial pivot points allow for your best performance on any surface. Meaning the Sideline III is not just a competition shoe reserved for spring floors, but also a fully equipped practice shoe compatible with both the gym floor and the asphalt fields.
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Style
Nike know how to design a beautiful shoe, but with an extra feature which may take the money in style for the Sideline, cue the colour slide cards. Easily interchangeable for your own team’s colour customisation!

Performance
Not only does the Sideline provide non-marking rubber soles, they have gone a step further in providing medial pivot points. Enhancing your ability to slide, jump, kick and twist on any surface!

Cost and Value
There is a jump in price between the different sizes, so their cost will really depend on you. But considering the Sideline III has complete versatility and will be the only cheer shoe you’ll need from practice to show day, you’re really getting an all-in-one deal.
Pros
  • Comfort through the pylon midsole
  • Internal flex groove for flexibility
  • Customise options through colour side cards - Add your teams colours!
  • Medial pivot points allow performance on multiple surfaces
Cons
  • Snug fit mean sizes run small
  • Narrow fit may not suit wider feet

9. Nike Unite

9. Nike Unite
Looking for flexibility with a lightweight cushion? Look no further, the Nike Unite’s combination of internal flex grooves and Nike’s signature medial pivot points make this shoe ideal for dynamic durability and enhanced performance on any surface. A full white surface of synthetic leather make these cheer shoes fantastically durable.
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Flexibility
“Point those toes” is a term you will hear all too often in cheer, but the Unite’s make this an easy task with internal flex grooves to naturally follow and enhance the flexibility of your arches.

Cushion
A double lasted Phylon midsole provides ample cushion against their carefully balanced lightweight feel. Being not only comfortable but completely versatile may give them an advantage over cheaper brands.

Cost and Value
Unlike their sideline sister, the prices of the Nike Unites do not fluctuate depending on sizing, they unitedly sit at the higher end of the price range.
Pros
  • Enhanced flexibility through internal flex grooves 
  • Synthetic leather provides durability 
  • Double lasted Phylon midsole 
  • Enhanced performance through medial pivot point
Cons
  • Arch support may be lacking for those who need it
  • As with most, sizes run small so order up!

10. Puma Soleil V2

10. Puma Soleil V2
A super-comfy, super-sporty, dance-inspired shoe comes equipped with all the features necessary. Durable synthetic leather finish with perforations for breathability, snug lace up fit and strategically placed pivot points on a sturdy rubber sole allow quick and easy rotation during routines. Extra padding ensures comfort isn't compromised in this easy to go to shoe.
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Design
Puma have created a fashion-sport hybrid with the Soleil V2. A clean and simple design with two PUMA cat logos, a sporty finish to match your sport lifestyle.

Comfort
The extra padded footbed and sockliner make the Soleil V2 an extremely wearable and danceable shoe. Additionally, the pivot point allows for easy rotation during routines, taking the stress away from the ankle joint.

Cost and Value
These shoes are extremely affordable, making them a perfect practice or beginners shoe. However as they are not a completely white finish, you may have to double check if they are shoe suitable!
Pros
  • Durable synthetic leather material
  • Rubber sole enhancing stability
  • Pivot point allowing for quick rotation
  • Extra padded footbed & sockliner for additional cushion
Cons
  • Not completely white finish
  • Not specifically a cheer shoe

To conclude, choosing the perfect cheer shoe is like choosing the perfect stunt partner. Yes, some are better than others, but ultimately they need to match your needs and your ability. Deciding which shoe is right for you needs to be as strategically placed against your demands as the shoes durable rubber pads. Do you need increased arch support? Are you a flyer and need extra side grips without the additional weight? Do you need enhanced grip through tough rubber soles?

The more expensive cheer shoes are designed for cheer athletes with additional features that can make all the difference at regional and national competitions. However, these differences would be negligible if cheering for fun for your local football team or in the park with friends and you could save yourself a pretty penny going for the more basic, all rounder.

Whichever you decide it ultimately always comes down to safety and support, a solid foundation on which you can build; exactly like the base of the pyramid.