Guide: The Top 8 Best Cheerleading Shoes (Ranked by Actual Athletes)

by TheCheerBuzz
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Finding the best cheerleading shoes can be difficult, especially if you’re new to the sport. We all wish we could just buy one pair and use them forever but unfortunately, that’s not the case…

It’s hard to find helpful information online regarding the best shoes because most of the guides aren’t written by people who actually know cheerleading. You won’t get any help from a list of random, white shoes (another website’s second-best shoe was a biking shoe.?!) – so we’re here to help you instead!

This guide is a mix of reviews from actual athletes, verified customers, and our own thoughts and experiences. It will help you find the best cheerleading shoes for you, no matter which type of cheerleader you are.

First of all, why is choosing the right shoes important?

Cheerleading shoes are more than just shoes… they are equipment! Your shoes are a crucial part of your ability to perform skills. Everything you do – from tumbling to jumps to stunts, puts weight on your feet and ankles.

That’s why you need a good pair of shoes that can support these movements and reduce the risk of injuries. All the shoes on this list are specifically made for cheerleading, no matter which skill level you’re at.

Do you need different shoes based on your stunting position?

One of the most common concerns is if you need different shoes depending on your stunt position. While some shoes have features for a specific position (like grips for bases), they’re all well-rounded shoes for any stunt position.

So no matter if you’re a base, flyer, back spot, or front spot, any shoe will most likely work well. It’s just a matter of finding your personal favorite!

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1. Best overall: Nfinity Vengeance

Without a doubt one of the most popular cheerleading shoes!

The shoes are very light and breathable, which is essential for those tough full-outs. The flexibility and sole of the shoe make it very easy to grip and catch for bases, as well as for flyers pulling stretches in the air.

Promising reviews from athletes:

  • “They’re helpful as a flyer because they’re so thin and I can feel every movement.”
  • “They have grips on the bottom for flyers and they are very light for tumbling.” 
Best overall

Nfinity Vengeance

“The ultimate cheer shoe: The Vengeance cheer shoe combines style, comfort, safety, and performance into the ultimate cheerleading footwear.”

Pros

  • They are very light!
  • Flexible (following movements)
  • Breathable material
  • Easy to grip as a base and flyer
  • Great for any stunt position
  • “Bubble laces” (making sure the laces stay tight)
  • Also available in black (below)

Cons

  • Not the most supportive of ankles
  • Durability*
  • Sizes tend to run small

Nfinity Vengeance (Black)

Same shoe, different color!


2. Best budget option: Kaepa Stellarlyte

Don’t want to spend as much on your shoes? Go with Kaepa shoes!

They are great alternatives to the more expensive cheerleading shoes but with many of the same features. Their most popular model seems to be the “Stellarlyte” which has a padded cushion and a more solid sole.

Promising reviews from athletes:

  • “So supportive when tumbling and steady for stunting.”
Best budget shoe

Kaepa Stellarlyte

“Official Shoe of the Champions Cup State Nationals.”

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Most affordable (along with Chassé) on this list!
  • More durable than some pricey ones
  • Padded cushion inside for extra comfort and support

Cons

  • The straps broke for some customers

3. Athlete favorite: Nfinity Flyte

The Nfinity Flyte model was voted the second best (after the Vengeance shoe) by our followers!

These shoes are similar to the Vengeance model but offer a bit more support and comfort. A plus is that they’re also available in black if you can’t or don’t want to get white shoes.

Promising reviews from athletes:

  • “They’re light, comfortable and supportive.”
  • “I use the Vengeance shoe, but I like it when my flyers have the Flyte shoes.”
  • “Super springy for tumbling and feel good to fly in.”
Favorite

Nfinity Flyte

“Created for cheerleading’s highest flyers, these shoes utilize stunt-specific grips, reinforced metatarsal and padded Achilles support to enable ultimate stunt performance. Flip your way to the top with the Nfinity Flyte!”

Pros

  • Light and comfortable
  • Grips the foot for the ultimate fit
  • Seems more durable than the Vengeance model
  • More support than the Vengeance model
  • Also available in black (below)

Cons

  • Tends to run small

Nfinity Flyte (Black)

Can’t or don’t want to get white shoes? Look no further!


4. Nfinity Titan

The most different shoe on this list!

Instead of being shaped like a “sock”, the Titan model has a high top for ultimate ankle stability. If you do a lot of tumbling, this shoe could be perfect to minimize the risk of pain and injuries. The shoe is also available in black if you prefer that!

Promising reviews from athletes:

  • “They give me great ankle support (which I really need!)”
  • “They support my ankles.”
  • “Great ankle support for tumbling & flying.”

Nfinity Titan

“Unleash your titan with Nfinity first ever high top. Featuring an interlocking exoskeleton for added ankle stability and a reinforced high performance outsole, this shoe provides as much support as it does style. At just over 6 ounces, the Titan will revolutionize your skills, your look, and the sport.”

Pros

  • Still a very light shoe
  • Offers ankle stability & support
  • “Bubble laces” (making sure the laces stay tight)
  • Also available in black (below)

Cons

  • Durability* as with the other shoes

Nfinity Titan (Onyx)

The Titan model is also available in black!


5. Nfinity Evolution

The Evolution shoes are a bit different from the other shoes listed before. They are not as “sock-shaped” as they have a harder and more wide sole.

They might not be as flexible and bendy as the Vengeance model for example, but this is still a great and popular shoe. If you want a more stable shoe with more support, this could be the one for you!

Promising reviews from athletes:

  • “They’re so lightweight but still provide tons of support.”
  • “They are very comfortable and they are easy to tumble and stunt in.”
  • “I feel like they give me good rebound and they also look beautiful!”
  • “They’re so sturdy and support me a lot during basing and tumbling.”
  • “They help really well with balance.”

Nfinity Evolution

“Low profile design to improve flexibility and performance using AnkleLoc Technology enhances the heel fit around the ankle, with bubble laces for security”

Pros

  • A light and comfortable shoe
  • More sturdy than others
  • Better soles than other shoes
  • “Bubble laces” (making sure the laces stay tight)

Cons

  • Durability*
  • Some bases report they didn’t like when flyers wore these: “They felt a little bulky to catch.”

6. Rebel Athletic Ruthless

Stand out with the Ruthless shoe, which comes in both black and white!

Rebel Athletic Ruthless (Blackout)

“Equipped with a unique weight-distribution technology for a feather-light feel flyers will appreciate. Transverse Flex Tunnel for increased flexibility and ease of weight transfer to toes. Rear heel finger notch and Patented Finger Grooves or outstanding stunt grip.”

Pros

  • Great option for teams required to wear black shoes
  • “Finger grooves” for grips
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Some durability* & quality complaints

Rebel Athletic Ruthless (White)

Pick your color!


7. Chassé shoes

The Chassé shoes are popular since they have similar features as other cheer shoes but at a much cheaper price.

There are many different popular models with great reviews. Differences between the models vary, so you can compare and see which one best fits your needs. Overall, the shoes are light, durable, and supportive.

Promising reviews from athletes:

  • “I feel like they make my jumps higher and they’re not painful to my hands when my flyer wears them.”
Affordable

Chassé shoes (multiple models)

“The Chassé brand is dedicated to quality, to affordability, and most of all, to cheerleaders around the world. We know your squad is serious about cheerleading, and we are too”

Pros

  • All shoes are cheaper, more affordable options
  • Many positive reviews
  • Other pros & features depend on the specific model
  • Some shoes also available in black

Cons

  • Depends on the specific shoe model

8. Varsity Ascend

If you want a different shoe design, you might want to check out this one!

The Ascend model is the lightest of all Varsity shoes and has foam that supports the arch of the foot. The shoe is also available in black, plus customizable if you order for the whole team.

Varsity Ascend Air

“Varsity cheer shoes are designed for sideline cheerleading and competition mat performance surfaces. Designed for durability on the competition mat. Sculpted for contoured comfort. Shock-resistant memory foam arch support insole.”

Pros

  • The lightest of all Varsity shoes
  • Foam that supports the arch
  • Comfortable & fits any foot

Cons

  • Some durability* & narrow feet complaints
  • Long laces

*Durability disclaimer: How durable the shoes are depends on how you use them. On which surfaces, how often, if you tumble much or not, etc. Cheerleading is an extreme sport, so the shoes will tear naturally & often faster than other types of shoes.

We hope this guide helped you decide which cheerleading shoes to get. No matter which stunting position you have, how much tumbling you do, or what age you are, there is hopefully a perfect pair for you in this list. If you have any questions, thoughts, or recommendations, please leave a comment below!

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2 comments

Lisette R. July 3, 2023 - 22:23

No Rebel shoes?

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TheCheerBuzz July 4, 2023 - 11:57

Hi, thank you for your comment! Rebel shoes did not make the cut when we first had athletes vote for the best ones. However, we are always open to updating the list and will keep Rebel in mind for future updates.

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