"Mary Jane" tap shoe has a man-made upper and features a non-skid rubber pad, a cushioned sock lining, and an Achilles pad for a comfortable fit. No-lip toe tap and heel taps attached by rivets. Also features a buckle strap with an adjustable slide buckle. No need to worry about ribbon ties coming undone during class with this durable strap in place. The black patent features a PVC upper while the other colors feature a matte PU upper.
This is not a bad shoe for a beginning dancer. Intermediate and advanced tappers should choose a more durable, more flexible shoe.
These shoes run extremely narrow. Some of my students with medium-width feet find them tight. If your student has a high, thick instep, or a C width or wider, these shoes will not fit well.
The end of the shoe seems to curl up a little, making it difficult for some students to get a good tone in shuffles and flaps. I'd like the shoe better if the toe tap was either a little longer or situated differently on the toe of the shoe.
Bottom line: good for beginning little kids, not so good for adults, teens, adolescents or more serious students.
I wanted to try tap for my 30th birthday. I found these shoes, at a reasonable price and thought "hey if I dont like them, its only 20 bucks". My regular shoe size is 8-8.5, I saw that people said they run small so I ordered the 8.5 and they fit GREAT, super comfortable!
This is my first pair of tap shoes and I did not want to spend a lot of money but I did want them to be pretty.
These did the trick! They seem comfortable enough and they are a cute mary jane style.
Not sure about how durable they will be as I just started wearing them.
I sized up and I am glad I did.
I use them for teaching basic tap to little ones. The quality and comfort are so-so, but you get what you pay for. I am not a serious tap dancer, so I was just happy to find an affordable pair of tap shoes that I can teach in. The taps sound nice.
The tap shoes did run small but I used them anyways. After a month of using them, they're still in great shape but I am having to buy a new pair anyways because they are much quieter than I needed and expected. I wish I would have spent the extra $10-$20 to get a pair with more solid taps.
We never tested the durability of these shoes, as they run very small. The local dance store that we ended up buying from sold a size bigger to get them to fit. The "fit" tab on the product is misleading, as it says to order your normal size. Learn from our experience and go bigger!
This is exactly the shoe I was looking for but it looks like the sizing stops at 10. Does the company not make larger sizes or is it just out of stock?
The largest size that is made for this shoe is size 10. The Bloch S0302L Adult "Tap-On" Buckle Tap Shoe and the Theatricals T9400 Adult Premium Buckle Tap Shoe are available in larger sizes. - DDS Customer Service (01/22/2015)