This economy jazz tap shoe from the "Dance Now" collection features taps that offer maximum contact for maximum sound. The non-slip pro balance pad is located behind the tap plate. Designed specifically for the beginner, this shoe features a man-made upper and sole, padded insoles and soft lining. Taps are riveted on to the shoe. 3/4" heel.
I bought them for my 6 year old twin boys who just started tap class. They fit well and seem sturdy. We went up 1/2 size from their street shoe size so that they would be able to wear them for longer. My boys have narrow feet, so if your kids have wide feet you may need to try these on before you buy. That is my suggestion, that you go to a local dance store to try these on, then buy from discount dance!
The shoe came in perfect condition and was just what I ordered. I purchased them a 1/2 size larger than my child gym shoes and still had to wear thin socks/dress socks with them. It may be just my child because he has one foot a 1/2 size bigger than the other. We had one gym sock on and one dress sock. That's why I put it in the middle of run small and true to size for my review of the size. Can't tell you if it's comfortable because I didn't wear them. I can say he hasn't made any complaints himself. He's only worn them once thus far but I'll check back in to update the durability section.
I have to say this shoe was perfect for my 4 yr old dancer in her combo classes. They are more durable and held up better than the patent leather ones she started with. The shoe is more supportive for the foot and gives the young dancer better control when learning tap combinations. Now that she is joining to the competition team, they require a tap shoe with the taps screwed into the shoe as opposed to riveted onto the shoe like this shoe. Now that we have to say good bye to this shoe and hello to a more expensive one, I would recommend this shoe for beginners of all ages.
The reason I'm giving these tap shoes only 3 stars is because they tend to slip off your feet. I thought it was just me experiencing that but my daughter has the same problem even though I bought her a 1/2 size smaller. The only great thing about this tap shoe is that it is really comfortable.
I am 10 and I would NEVER EVER use another type of tap shoe! They are comfortable, I only wear them once a week. But I must warn you, that after dancing in them for a few weeks, they get a bit worn out!
Perfect!!! My daughter is happy as can be, because the shoes fit her great and are so comfortable, that ". . . dancing is awesome in them . . ." she said. We couldn't be happier with them, so we give 5 stars!!!
Agi & Reka