Capezio's "FlexMaster" split-sole tap shoe features TeleTone toe taps on the leather mounted forepart, adding weight to help produce a deeper resonating sound. This shoe also offers a strong toe box and the Poron insole provides shock absorption and extra-plush comfort. 3/4" heel.
My daughter is a 12.5/13 in street size. I read the reviews and ordered a size 2. It won't even go in! These are VERY expensive tap shoes, and to return I have to pay $6 dollars return fee?!!! I heard that the shoes do not run in a size 3 youth, so my next option is buying adult size 4, which are even more expensive. I am disappointed in DDS for not providing free returns to their customers knowing that these problems with sizes can happen. I don't think I will be ordering from DDS very often any more.
If I remember correctly, the product listing said that when ordering for a child, to order street shoe size. My son (yes, he dances!) wears a size 11.5XW, so we ALWAYS have to special-order his shoes. After checking the other reviews I ordered the 13.5W, and they fit fine. The fact that they are leather will allow them to stretch over time for that really wide foot, but even straight out of the box, my son did not complain about them being tight. (This was a problem last year with the synthetic ones). These are comfortable, they are flexible, and they FIT....as long as you order 2 sizes up. As far as sound. . . he's 4--they make sound. That's all that matters. Quality of sound is a non-issue, because the skill to make it is missing! Maybe someone who has a skilled dancer would have more of an opinion.
These shoes fit VERY small. The description stated to order street size, but I went up 1/2 size anyway. They were so small, m\y daughter's foot would not even completely go into the shoe. VERY small fit. I would estimate that you'd need to go up at least 2 sizes to make this shoe fit properly.
These are great shoes. My daughter loves them. Great look, sound and flex. However, they do run very small. Two sizes small in our case. My daughter is size 11.5 in street shoes and her Bloch Tap shoes. Her size in these shoes is 13.5. We originally followed capezio's recommendation and ordered street size. Discount Dance was great to work with me in returning and reordering larger sizes. But it was an inconvenience to all. Capezio's guidelines are incorrect.