These shoes are so wonderful! I started ballet a few years ago and had no idea about how ballet shoes were supposed to fit and everything, so these were perfect because they were pre-sewn. The split-sole is so nice; the elasticized canvas augments the arch while the leather makes the shoe durable. They lasted me for 2 years! I have a pretty high arch and they hug my foot perfectly. These are my favorite ballet shoes!
BEWARE when trying on this shoe! The Mirella logo on the inside of the heel in the shoe is printed in gold- and rubs off easily! I wanted to return this shoe, but when I tried it on, the gold rubbed off, so didn't feel I could send it back. All I did was try on one shoe, do a few plies, tendues and releves, and when I took it off, the gold logo was gone! Now for the review: This shoe is beautiful- the color, the fit, comfortable with no drawstring, the quality of the leather is nice too. However, they just don't work for me. The suede heel sole sits really far forward- much further than I'm comfortable with- it digs into my arch and doesn't sit on my heel properly. The forefoot sole feels thicker than other shoes I have, however, it isn't lumpy, and feels okay to dance on. I got the most narrow width, A, and the shoe still gaped on releve. If the suede heel sat back further on my foot, I would be happy with this shoe, even with the gap on releve. This shoe is well made and beautiful, and shows off my arch beautifully, wish it were more comfortable for me. For reference, I normally wear a size 6 dress shoe, and ordered a 4 A, which is what I wear in other shoes like Bloch and So Danca (actually in those, a 4B). However, due to the uncomfortable heel, I won't be wearing this shoe much. I do wonder if maybe I should have also ordered a 3.5 A, the arch area is one of those canvas types that contains elastic between the forefoot and heel- perhaps if the shoe were tighter, the suede heel might have sit back further- but I am not going to order another pair, I have many other shoes that I prefer.
Although I've only been dancing about a year now, I needed new shoes and since I have narrow- heeled flat feet, finding ballet shoes is extremely difficult. However, these shoes are absolutely amazing! The bottom hugs your arch, and shapes your arch so now it looks like I actually have one! The toe is padded and the elastic comes pre-sewn. Finally, the shoe comes up high on the sides and the back so there is no time when it gapes on the sides or doesn't cover the side of your foot. I am typically a size 8 in regular shoes and an 8.5 in sneakers, and I ordered a size 5B (I have a narrow heel) and it fits like a charm! Would highly recommend!