This tap shoe features a soft, supple, quality-leather upper with a flirty T-strap design, delicate vamp pleats and a 2" flared, fully-leather wrapped plastic heel with a leather top lift. The Poron performance material footbed provides excellent impact absorption, high energy return and long-term comfort, and it comes with tunable and adjustable TeleTone II Rayow toe and DuoTone heel taps attached. Achilles relief notch is lightly padded for added comfort. Other features include a scored rubber non-skid sole patch, non-slip heel counter, leather sole and moisture absorbing brushed microfiber lining.
My last pair of tap shoes were so run down it was finally really time to replace them. I wanted something affordable but still functional as I use them for all kinds of things...teaching, rehearsals, auditions, etc. I was very surprised at how much I've enjoyed them. They seem to be holding up very nicely and I get lots of compliments on them. The best part for me was the price but they turned out to be a really great buy. I would say the sizing is pretty true to street shoe. I had read others' reviews and was scared into buying a half size bigger and then had to wait to exchange them.
These tap shoes are vey nice and well made. The t-strap is adorable and just what I was looking for. I love that the heel is a bit bigger and not a very small tap on the back. However, I read several reviews before purchasing saying that the toe box was very tight and in return they needed to order a bigger size than their street shoe size. I ordered my normal shoe size because I have rather thin feet, thinking they would fit perfect then.. Once I got the shoes and tried them on and tapped around a bit (on carpet!) they were too big!! I could fit a whole finger behind my heel because my foot slid forward. So my recommendation is that, if you have thin feet maybe order a half size down to start with, since they will probably stretch out with use too. Mine are still rather stiff but I'm hoping they will with time and use.
When I decided to replace my old character taps, I was surprised to find that Capezio has made some pretty drastic style changes in their standard models. I needed a pair quickly, and I didn't want the hassle of having to attach taps, so I was basically limited to the Footlight Jr. and Manhattan Extreme. After trying several sizes of both models, including different widths, I was still disappointed with the fit, so I finally decided to try these. This shoe is super cute--everyone always thinks they were custom or very expensive--but I do think they run just a tad narrow in the toe box from sole to vamp. I normally wear a size 9 street shoe, and I ended up with a 9.5 M in this style. I have had them for about 6 months now, and I wear them to teach workshops and set choreography, typically 4-6 times per month but they still look brand spanking new. The leather is somewhat stiff; I keep hoping it will soften up a bit because I think it would lessen the "toe crunch" feeling on the tops of my toenails, but perhaps a bit more breaking in will do the trick. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase and would recommend them, as I like the way they look on, and I appreciate the more almond/rounded looking toe over the weird shapes of the Manhattan Xtreme or Jr. Footlight.
I have a wide foot (5.5 EEE), and so ordered the street shoe size I normally buy (7.5) in wide width. The toe box is very tight at the big toe knuckle - hoping that it will stretch a bit with use.
The heel height is lovely (I'm getting older, and the 3" just hurt now).
Good shoe, but ornate pleating is cutting into the comfort of wearing them.