Seeing as I'm now doing classes mostly in jazz shoes (suede sole), I've switched to them for social dancing too, mostly because it gives me waaaay more freedom for shines. Unlike a year ago when wearing jazz shoes to dance meant I wobbled around like anything, I don't notice any negative effects anymore, if anything, it's better as I feel more aware of how I am connecting with the floor. But curious about your experiences... Questions for followers who've switched from heel to jazz shoes: Why did you do it? How long had you been dancing when you started wearing flats for social dancing? Do you still wear heels (how often) or are you totally converted? Benefits (short and long term)? Negatives or things I should watch out for (short and long term)? Questions for leaders: What do you think when you see a follower wearing jazz shoes? Do you even notice? What, if any, assumptions do you make? Do you notice any difference in followers wearing heels vs flats? Or if you know a follower who switches between both is there a noticeable difference in her dancing (positive/negative?) Questions for experts (ie Terence) Does it matter whether I dance in heels or jazz shoes? Anything to watch out for? Thanks!!