Once your child has moved on from the entry level tap shoe and maybe is more serious about tap, this is a great shoe to invest in. It has a mid-tone sound and its durability will outlast your child's growing foot. From here, you can move on to the "Respect" by Bloch, which is the prima donna of tap for the student who has slowed down a bit in their growing and will wear one size more than one school year. Bloch is Best!
I like these tap shoes VERY MUCH - BUT, I read the reviews that they run small so I ordered a 1/2 size larger than I wear - still way to small and I have to return them. Can hardly wait for a larger size to arrive.
I thought this shoe would be much better. Instead I was disappointed. I am a beginner and wanted to start my lessons off right--with a professional shoe from Bloch, a company considered to be a leader in dance shoes. Unfortunately, the heel makes NO noise (!) I saw another girl in my class wearing the same shoe, and I casually asked her what she thought of them. She told me she was sorry she chose them because they are not loud at all. I agreed with her and told her I had the same ones. There is also a bit of discomfort in my left toe. Unfortunately, I think their shoes are unreturnable here, which makes no sense because how do you know if they are good if you can't try them out? Disappointed!
These definitely run small I had to go up 1.5 sizes to get the right fit (I wear these with light socks). The shoes require no break in as the leather is good quality and very soft. The velvety lining is very cushioning and makes the shoes feel great on your feet. The taps and non-slip pad are placed well so that the shoe is balanced and stable. I love the strong, clear sound the taps make I can actually hear myself over the other dancers in the class which is awesome.
My one teeny complaint is that the tongue slides off to the side while dancing. They could improve this shoe by adding some kind of loop on the top of the tongue to thread your shoelaces through. That would prevent it from moving.
These tap shoes are extremely comfortable and I enjoy wearing them. I have never had a problem with tap/screw flying out either. The only problem is when I bought them I went with the bigger size because the smaller size was way too tight. Because of that, it is very difficult to do quick toe stands and sometimes wings.
If you love tap shoes that are extremely comfortable and have great sound then this is the shoe for you! Great price too. I'll definitely order them again when I need a new pair. The sizing guide didn't work for me. I wear a street shoe size of 6 and had to go with a size 7 in this shoe.
I have these shoes and I really like them. They are very comfortable and durable as well as nice looking. The only thing is that it says here sizing is 1/2 size smaller when it should say 1/2 size bigger.