I have been wearing this brand and style of Latin shoe for over 7 years. My American shoe size is usually between a 7-7.5, and in this shoe I wear a 4.5 since it's a Latin shoe and you need your toes to hang over the front edge just a little bit. My foot is wide-ish and flat, so the self-adjusting straps around the ball of my foot fit quite well. The soles are lightly cushioned, and break into a nice point. I buy the dark tan satin because it looks great with a fake tan!