You may be surprised, but most fitness instructors will ask you to remove your shoes. The reason is that wearing shoes during training can cause a serious injury. You may kick or step on another student or the instructor, which makes shoes a safety hazard. Moreover, shoes may shorten the useful life of the equipment and upholstery.
Still, you can wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes, or grippy socks. If you need support, you can opt for ballet shoes. Jazz shoes offer slip resistance and are a great choice for women who need more support. Another option is to look for Pilates shoes. They are comfortable, allow freedom of movement, and are designed for Pilates practitioners.
Some Pilates instructors wear tennis shoes because they provide extra support. It is safer to wear supportive shoes when holding the bar or keeping the carriage. If you choose this option, you should be careful when performing certain exercises.
You should avoid wearing clog and slip on type of shoes as well as flip flops. They create poor body mechanics, plus you risk ruining your feet. If you are unsure what to wear, be it ballet shoes, tennis shoes, or grippy socks, it is best to ask your Pilates instructor.