Body Wrappers features ultimate protection for the toes. Modern half sole by Body Wrappers creates a beautiful ballet line without the heel, while the freedom pleats easily allow for toe pointe-to-flex movement. Slipper also features a soft, tanned leather exterior, sure-grip suede sole and a cut-away design that displays the dancer's arch. For a comfortable fit, go down two sizes from street shoe; for a snug fit, go down three sizes from street shoe. Ideal for modern and contemporary lyrical dancing.
I got these for lyrical/contemporary competition dances and enjoyed how well they turn. They aren't too slippery or too rough, which is great. However when you first buy them they tend to be a little hard to turn in. I dance between 10-20+ hours per week, resulting in these shoes breaking in way too quickly, resulting in holes and worn out fabric very quickly. If you dance and compete a lot, I would not recommend these because they won't look stage ready after being worn for a month or 2.
We purchased these at the recommendation of another mom in our studio. They stood up well to intensive solo rehearsals and still looked good for competition. My daughter liked the fact that the straps had grip on them so they were not sliding off of her heels.
My daughter loves these shoes! They fit well, as long as you listen to the sizing and buy smaller than street size. My dance was able to wear them for about 6 months, dancing an average of 4 hours a week in them, before getting any holes. The elastic straps did need to be re-sewn/re-enforced to the shoe cap after about a month. The elastic part is adjustable and comfortable, which is not always the case for turning shoes. The company even improved the back elastic on by the time we ordered the second set by adding some grippy plastic on the insides of the elastic.
I really love the barefoot look, but foot undeez do not work for me for turns. I've tried foot undeez, paws, and a few other types but was never satisfied. These shoes are great, I love them! I particularly like that you get some padding under the balls of your feet because I also tumble and like to include acrobatics in my routines. Tumbling barefoot on wood or marley floors can be a bit painful sometimes, so these shoes are definitely appreciated.
Nice shoe but not made for any type of turning. We have gone through 3 pairs. After 1 practice each time holes were made in the bottom. NOT for serious dancers doing any type of turn work. Try the canvas. They hold up better.