We are vegetarian, so I wanted to buy canvas ballet shoes versus leather. I originally bought bloch "synchrony" ballet shoes that my daughter outgrew, so the next time I bought the capezio "hanami" ballet shoes. What a difference in comfort! The bloch shoes are made of thick high-quality cotton canvas and are very durable (even after 8 months, they look almost like new), but they have almost no stretch. So my daughter prefers these new capazios because they are incredibly soft, stretchy, and comfortable. We will see how durable they are after a few months, but as of now, my daughter is quite happy with them.
Love these shoes. I have my younger students wear these, they look beautiful on there feet. Most of the had to get 2.5 sizes bigger than their street shoe though. One girl out grew hers and we put building blocks in the shoe over night as far as we could stretch it and it stretched the shoe about a half size. Also, the elastic come pre-sewn which is nice for the parents.