Chicago has become a mecca for flamenco dancing. From festivals to dance schools to professional companies, the art of flamenco continues to grow in popularity. One of the most identifiable traits of flamenco dance is the intricate footwork. The correct shoes are very important for any kind of dance, but even more so for flamenco. The shoes are the instrument and you create the music. There are many styles and brands of flamenco shoes to choose. This article will explain the differences between novice to professional and which shoes are best for each academic level of flamenco dance.