5 Booties to Add to Your Winter Warm-Up Wear

San Francisco Ballet soloist Koto Ishihara stretches in her warm-up boots. Photo by Quinn Wharton for Dance Magazine.

With cooler weather finally here, it's time to talk warm-ups. And while your dancewear drawer is probably overflowing with oversized sweaters, leggings and enough leg warmers to outfit the whole class, warm-up boots are often forgotten. To keep your feet and ankles cozy in between rehearsals, we rounded up dance warm-up boots that suit every style.


Bloch Inc. Printed Warm-up Bootie

via Bloch Inc.

Created by Irina Dvorovenko and Max Beloserkovsky, this collection comes in a variety of tie dye, floral and even butterfly prints.
blochworld.com, $48

Só Dança Warm-up Bootie

via Só Dança

Winter pastels are totally a thing, and Só Dança's cotton candy pink and lilac colored booties are perfect for breaking up an all-black ensemble. Plus, they were designed to be worn both indoors and outdoors, so you can pop them on right over your dance shoes and be on your way.
dancewearcorner.com, $44.99

Gaynor Minden Cozy Paws

via Gaynor Minden

Okay, technically, these are more like fleece socks, but we're still obsessed. Gaynor Minden's warm-ups include non-slip soles and fun animal print designs like Pink Panther, Tiger and Zebra (and a classic black option, too).

Russian Pointe Quilted Warm-up Boots

via Discount Dance Supply

For a taller option (that reminds us a lot of Moon Boots), Russian Pointe designed a just-below-the-knee warm-up boot that keeps your calves warm, too.
discountdance.com, $25.81

Grishko Warm-up Boots

Available in black, navy and burgundy, Grishko added polyester fur lining to their booties to keep your feet cozy on the coldest winter days.

grishko.com

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