There are plenty of things to consider when selecting your competition shoes. Shoes always need to be clear and have at least a 5-inch heel. If you don’t feel comfortable in 5-inches, you can purchase a 3 or 4-inch (also come in 4.5-inches) and practice in those until you work your way up to 5 inches. The purpose of your shoe is to enhance your calf muscle and elongate your legs. You have put hours of work in the gym and now it’s time to show them off. There are multiple platforms available: ¼ inch, ½ inch and 1 inch. Be certain to check the regulations of the competition you are entering to see what is authorized. Platforms can be embellished with rhinestones, which look amazing on stage and can catch the eye of the judges, but having a clear platform is perfectly fine. The shoes are made of plastic and may feel a bit tight initially, but keep in mind that the shoe will stretch to fit your foot as you continue to practice. Shoes will also have straps or come in a mule style. This will be your preference. Many girls prefer the straps on stage to avoid any slip-ups. The more you practice in your shoes, the easier it will be to work the stage. Be sure to practice all of your posing in your shoes, as well. Walking on stage like a newborn giraffe will be damaging to your success; you will need to walk with confidence, smiling and facing the judges. Own the Stage! Lastly, it is always a good idea to have an extra pair of shoes.