What is a Beam Shoe?:
Should I Get Beam Shoes?:
The Pros: They can really help to cushion your feet if you perform a lot of flipping skills, leaps and jumps, or are practicing beam almost every day. If you take a hard landing on the beam or land on the edge of the beam, a beam shoe will protect your foot and make the landing less painful.
The Cons: Some gymnasts dislike having something on their feet, or think they lose the “feel” of the beam if they wear a shoe. Also, wearing a beam shoe can attract more attention to your feet in general. If flexed feet are a problem for you, wearing beam shoes can make it that much more obvious.
Before You Buy: Check with your coach before you purchase a pair of beam shoes. Some coaches dislike the way they look in competition and would prefer their gymnasts to perform with bare feet. Others have a brand they would like their gymnasts to use.
The Best Brands: These three brands of beam shoes are the most well-liked among top gymnasts:
- Tiger Gym 10 Shoe: This is probably the most widely-used and favorite beam shoe of competitive gymnasts. These shoes are flexible and move with your foot, but have enough cushioning to protect as well.
Fun Fact: Dominique Moceanu wore these shoes at the 1996 Olympics!
- Bleyer Elite Gym Shoes: Another great shoe. This one is a little bit bulkier but offers great protection.
- Pegasus Beam Shoe: Very solid and sturdy shoe that lasts for a long time.
Poll: Do you wear beam shoes?