This split-sole gymnastics shoe features an upper that is made from a soft, durable leather and fits snugly to the foot due to the elastic gore insert. The sole has padding inside and a high quality flexible 3mm rubber on the bottom for traction when vaulting or tumbling.
My daughter needed these for a role in The Nutcracker as a Jester...we have never purchased tumbling shoes before...she had tried on a friends size 2 that was quite a bit too big for her...she is normally a 13 so that seemed correct...her jazz shoes (which are a very similar design are 13) so that's what we ordered...she could have used a 1...she is squeezed but we waited too long ands there is no time to return and re-order so they will work for the 2 minutes she needs them to this week...but they do run a small bit small.
However, the make is great, shipping was quick, and the price is better than anywhere else...even got free shipping!
Despite the instructions to order in street size, these shoes do NOT run the same as street shoes. My daughter wears a child's 11 in street shoes. I ordered a pair of ballet shoes in child's size 11M and this pair of gym shoes in child's 11M. The ballet shoes are perfect; these gym shoes are at least four sizes too small! I could not honestly rate the quality or durability of these shoes for that reason. My daughter can't even get them on her foot!
These arrived and I was very disappointed. I ordered a size larger than my girls are wearing and they still didn't fit. The inside of them looks rather "ratty" in my opinion. The leather upper is nice quality but the inside of them looks like it will fall apart. I let my five year old try on the size one from her big sister (she's wearing a twelve right now)....it fit but barely. There is no excuse for them to run two sizes too small....and all of my girls dance so I know these are supposed to be snug and that they stretch. Even with the stretch you still need two sizes larger than street size. I'm buying capezio brand this time.