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.
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.