These are a good quality shoe. The taps sound nice and they seem very durable. However, there are a couple hings that would prevent me from buying these again. First, the heel seems a little too tall for my liking. I've trained on heels that are a bit shorter for a long time so that is what I feel comfortable in. Second, the shoe all seems a little stiff. The toe box area is reinforced (which is great for toe stands, i guess). Also the shoe is not split sole and the leather it is made out of isn't soft enough for me. I still like these shoes because they are durable and sound really good but i guess I'm just picky about my tap shoes.
The recommended size conversions don't work out. A sales person at the Murrietta store worked out the sizing for me according to the product info on the DDS website (since they didn't carry the shoe in-store), then I double checked myself before I placed the order on-line at home. My daughter wears a child's street size 1.0, the product sizing info says to convert to 3.0 for Adult size (but doesn't specify Womens/Mens), then the next conversion chart (which specifies Women/Men, NOT Adult) says a Womens 3 is a Sansha 5. I ordered the 5 and the shoes are huge! To further complicate things, the sticker (see photo) on the shoes says "Sansha 5, US 4" which doesn't match with anything on the products conversion charts. The other photo shows my child's 1.5 Bloch tap shoes (which fit) next to the 5 Sansha size, the conversion charts say will fit my child's size 1 feet. So frustrating! Postage to buy them already, more postage return them & postage again to re-purchase...seriously? I hope I can guess right this time. If they weren't for the recital, I wouldn't buy them.
Can't comment on comfort or durability, but they look okay.