I use this boot at a renaissance faire, outdoors in south eastern Massachusetts in the Fall, and it perfectly completes my gypsy character. These boots last me two seasons before they start breaking down! I use an excellent quality insole which makes them even more comfortable for an outdoor venue. I've had many compliments on them and their durability, considering what I do, and have been asked where I purchase them. I also purchase a size larger to accommodate socks for colder weather. Not your conventional use for canvas jazz boots, I admit; but they're fantastic and I wouldn't use any other. Thank you for a great item!
Bought these shoes for a musical. We were rehearsing six days a week, at least six hours daily. These shoes are comfortable, no doubt, and I love moving in them. However, I was pretty disappointed at the durability of them. In less than a week, there were holes on both my big toes, due to all the friction with the floor. The thread on the soles started coming off too and I have to glue them back on. If you are planning to do a lot of dancing, I'd reckon you should get the leather ones instead.
I got these for a routine that I will be preforming in a month. I practice on a very sticky floor, and when I went to rehearsal I felt like I was ice skating. It is very comfortable. I had to go 1 size up. It has not completely fallen apart yet, like my last pair did
I order these frequently for entire casts - they are great for about 20-30 performances (with heavy use), but will wear holes eventually. Leather is definitely more durable. I have also found that our men prefer ordering 4-5 sizes up from their regular shoe size: a US men's 10 will be a 15, 9 a 14, etc. This is consistent across the company, so other men may want to do the same.
by: Musical Theatre Dancer - 04/18/2008 - San Diego, Ca,
I am on my second pair. The stage I use them on is REALLY rough on shoes. They are great for Musical Theatre. They hold up really well and they are a great boot! They are a bit difficult to point in, but since it's a boot, it is to be expected. Once you break them in it's no problem!
I wore these shoes for a production of Fiddler on the Roof and they were FALLING APART by the 10th performance. VERY low quality, no support, and difficult to point in. I have a very high, well-formed arch and it looked HORRENDOUS in these shoes. I was very disappointed and threw them away immediately after the last show -- the stitching had come undone and there was a hole in the toe.
Does the flesh tone look more like tan or nude? Also, how should you order these shoes in women size
by: KeeTheDanceBee (05/28/2013) Age: 25 to 34
The flesh looks more like a light khaki color. Amazon has a picture of the color, here > http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81-NtaPCzpL._SL1500_.jpg. Sansha is really great with their shoe conversion charts. Rarely ever do I find that the conversion is incorrect. If you are worried about not getting the right fit I might suggest ordering two sizes and sending back the incorrect fitting pair for a refund. - DDS Customer Service (06/03/2013)
I do not order the flesh tone, so cannot answer that question. They do run a bit small, but also stretch a bit (as much as canvas can) with wear. I've never been dissatisfied ordering one size larger than my regular street shoe size, but keep in mind that I also work an outdoor venue with these boots in Massachusetts and wear socks with them in colder weather. With just tights (or nylons), regular street shoe size fit fine. - Faer23 (09/10/2013)