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BLOCH

Adult "Prolite II Hybrid" Leather Split-Sole Ballet Shoes

Style No: S0203L
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The original Bloch split-sole ballet shoe combines a leather upper with a soft and flexible canvas arch insert, which will not stretch out of shape. It features an elastic drawstring, cotton lining and suede leather sock lining. Comes with pre-sewn elastics.

See sizing tab for important fitting suggestions.

Content:
Upper: Leather; Sole: Leather; Lining: Cotton


arrow markerAdult "Prolite II" Leather Split-Sole Ballet Shoes
arrow markerChild "Prolite II Hybrid" Leather Split-Sole Ballet Shoes
Suggested Fitting: Women order 3 sizes smaller than street size
Available in sizes:
(adult) 2.0-8.0 A,B,C,D

Suggested fitting for this item:


Converting Girls to Womens Sizes
First increase the child street shoe size by two. Then follow the suggested fitting for the adult shoe you are purchasing.
Girls Street Size Womens Street Size
1.0 3.0
1.5 3.5
2.0 4.0
2.5 4.5
3.0 5.0
3.5 5.5
4.0 6.0
4.5 6.5

This information is shown as a guide only and not a guarantee.
Actual fitting may vary.

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  • Katdance5   07/17/2022

    1 star rating

    QUALITY ISSUE

    Ordered size 6D. Shoe is clearly Not a D width. Two outer toes overlapped onto the two neighboring toes. Slippers should fit tight and the leather naturally stretch to conform to foot. 56 years experience. More than disappointed. Overall tired of lack of quality with a feel of disrespect for all who work hard.

    Fit: Runs very small     Comfort: 1 star rating     Durability: 3 star rating    

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  • Ika    03/08/2021
    Naperville,IL

    5 star rating

    MY DAUGHTER LOVES THEM

    My 9 year old told me today these are the best ballet shoes she has ever had. She has been dancing since she is 2. She told me there were so soft and comfortable... She is size 5 in shoes. Sometimes 4.5. I got her 5.5.

    Age: 40 to 49     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • KJGP   12/04/2020
    Fort Worth,TX

    5 star rating

    EXCELLENT

    These are my go-to ballet flats. I wear a women's 7 and the size 4B fits perfectly. I love the canvas split sole, because it molds to the arch of the foot when pointing. These came with pre-sewn straps, seems I remember my last pair did not. Regardless, it saved me the time of having to sew the elastic. The leather is soft and the color beautiful.

    Age: 40 to 49     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Cali dancer   04/14/2020

    5 star rating

    SIZING FOR GIRL

    If you are buying these ballet shoes for a girl then you should buy their normal street shoe size. My 10 year old typically wears a 2.5 street shoe and I bought these in a 2.5 and the fit was perfect.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Anonymous   04/07/2020
    Marshfield,MA

    5 star rating

    These were perfect and exactly what I wanted. Was nervous about not trying on before purchasing but worked out great!

    Age: 40 to 49     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • BC   08/27/2019
    Morrisville,VT

    3 star rating

    SIZE CHART FOR GIRLS TRANISTIONG TO WOMENS IS INCORRECT

    The chart showing Girls to Womens sizing is incorrect. I ordered Womens Size 4 for my daughter who wears a Child's size 2 per the chart and it was huge. I reached out to Bloch and if your daughter wears a size 2 in Girls, then order a size 2 in Womens. We ended up going with Capezio instead, but wanted to pass this info along. Now I need to go through the hassle of returning.

    Fit: Runs very large    

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  • Sophia    08/20/2019
    Yuma,AZ

    5 star rating

    EXCELLENT FOR YOUNG DANCERS

    My mom used to buy these for me when I was younger and I loved them. They really helped shaped my feet into the proper position.

    Age: 15 to 18     Fit: Runs large     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • pmrose   10/08/2018
    Pierre,SD

    3 star rating

    GOOD QUALITY SHOE

    Good quality shoe just didn't fit foot correctly

    Fit: True to size    

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  • Bloch Prolite II Hybrid   12/07/2017
    Herndon,VA

    4 star rating

    Nice leather ballet slippers however be sure to check on the width when ordering them. They are very true to size. We ordered a size 3A. They were so narrow and no girls in studio could fit in those shoes. I had to return and got a 3B instead.

    Fit: True to size     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Anonymous   11/18/2017

    4 star rating

    COMFORTABLE SHOES

    I have had these shoes for about six months. These shoes are probably the most comfortable ballet shoes I have tried so far. I used to always get leather shoes because of durability and that is just what my mom got me when I was younger. Since trying the leather/canvas combination that is the type of shoe I will stick with. The canvas hugs your arch nicely, and I like having the cross straps for extra support. The leather is fairly thin making the durability so-so. Three sizes down from street size is good but I did have to pull in the drawstrings a fair amount. The pink might be a little bright for some people. Overall this is a good shoe with a few cons. I am not sure if I will get this same shoe again or try out a different brand of the leather/canvas.

    Age: 15 to 18     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 3 star rating    

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  • Dance 88   08/30/2017
    Bristow,VA

    4 star rating

    Comfy and feel floor well when dancing.

    Age: 30 to 39     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Amy   08/22/2017

    5 star rating

    My daughter loves these ballet shoes.

    Age: 30 to 39     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • NLGF   08/07/2017
    Rapid City,SD

    5 star rating

    My daughter is 9 years old, wears a size 4 street shoe, followed instructions for sizing and ordered a size 3.0, shoe fits well. However, she is growing like a weed (probably should have ordered a 3.5 to get more use out of them) so I could see having to order a size up very soon. Great quality, love that the straps are pre-sewn, my daughter is not very versed in different ballet shoes, but she says they are "great"!

    Age: 30 to 39     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • KC   08/03/2017
    Mount Juliet,TN

    1 star rating

    The sizing of these shoes run really small. I followed the instructions and the shoes were so small my daughter could not wear them.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we are sorry to hear the sizing did not work. One of our Customer Service representatives will contact you to rectify the situation. We are more than happy to help you to find the right fit shoes for your daughter. - Elina

    Age: 40 to 49     Fit: Runs very small     Comfort: 1 star rating     Durability: 1 star rating    

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  • Scarlett67    06/03/2017

    4 star rating

    Definitely one of our go-to shoes for ballet flats. They hold up well and are comfortable. Run very true to size, which is a plus when ordering online!

    Age: 40 to 49     Fit: True to size     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • tiny.dancer   04/07/2017
    Kaysville,UT

    5 star rating

    I have just a few "standards" for clothing when I'm looking for dance accessories, these being 1) comfort, 2) look, 3) durability, and 4) how easy they are to dance in. (Not in a specific order.) 1) Comfort - PROS - These shoes are so comfortable to wear!! Comfort is a huge thing for me wherever I go (especially when dancing), so these shoes were great. They slide on easily and stay on, and mold softly to the foot, so it feels like you're not even wearing them. The outside leather is very soft, and the inside cotton isn't coarse or rough, and the inside sole is very soft. The cloth insert between the soles only adds to the comfort and easy of pointing and flexing, and adds to the flexibility and range of motion of the foot. The placement of the elastics crossing on the top of the foot add extra support and look really great in any position. CONS - These shoes were a little loose around the entire foot, so I've had to pull and tighten the drawstring multiple times. The string does stay, but it bunches the leather up and ruins the soft and sleek look of the shoe on the foot. 2) Look - PROS - The leather is a beautiful soft flesh-toned pink, and it blends perfectly with the tights, creating a seamless and soft line up the leg. From the side, the pointe is really beautiful and sharp and I think the cut elongates the line of the toe, creating that long pointe all dancers desire. When flexed, it also accentuates the arch of the foot, and like I mentioned before, the two elastics add to the look. CONS - When I got the shoes, they were kind of bunched up in the package, and the leather was wrinkled and looked old. I thought that as I danced in the shoes and broke them in to fit my foot the wrinkles would go away, but they've stayed. Especially when my foot is relaxed or pointed, the wrinkles really show and mess up the line of the foot. I mentioned this in the comfort section, but when I tightened the drawstring, the fabric completely bunched up and added to the wrinkles. My pair before this was also leather, but the leather was smooth and not wrinkled, which I enjoyed. I've liked this pair more, except for the wrinkled leather. I don't know if it bothers anyone else, but I liked the look of the smooth leather. 3) Durability - PROS - I've had these shoes for about two years (I think), and they're great. The scuff marks that inevitably appear on all ballet shoes have only appeared on the toe and right side of the shoe, and barely around the heel, and they're not noticeable. The soles have smoothed down, and the level of friction is great. CONS - The inside sole of the shoes have started to peel up around the toes and a little on the heel, and while I'm dancing, they'll peel up more and it hurts to dance with them. I've glued down the the peeling edges, and that's helped considerably, but it's still an issue as the glue gives out and peels off. 4) Danceability - PROS - I guess this kind of ties in to the comfort section of being easy to dance in, but these shoes really are wonderful when dancing. They form easily and quickly to the foot and aren't slippery or sticky. They last long and are soft but secure. CONS - While turning, they can sometimes stick and require a little extra effort to get around in, especially while doing pique turns. They're great for other turns like chaines, but pique turns tend to stick the the floor and make it a little hard to glide around (especially when doing double piques). These shoes have blown my expectations. I adore the shoes, and will probably be purchasing the same pair when these wear out. These shoes are wonderful!!

    Fit: Runs large     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Kodalover   08/29/2016
    Salt Lake Cty,UT

    4 star rating

    I bought these as my first pair of ballet slippers. Since I was new to ballet, I had a professional fitting session and tried on several brands and sizes. I had no preference to canvas or leather. These hybrid shoes flattered my feet the best out of their inventory. My street shoe size is women's 7.5 wide. I went home with these shoes in size 4.5D. I have rather large bunions so I wanted a comfortable, non-restrictive shoe. I have an average arch, and "Egyptian" type feet, which means my toes taper from the big toe down to the pinky toe. These shoes still fit very snug in my forefoot after a couple classes. I'm hoping they will stretch but if not I will have to consider going wider next time. Also, the heel suede is rather far forward on the shoe. My heel is only barely covered because the patch actually sits at the back of my arch. The criss-cross elastics come attached at the heel only. I attached mine at the top of the canvas arch on both sides. The heel is deep and never slips. The arch is snug, even in a relaxed position. I feel very secure in these shoes. The canvas arch insert is a slightly darker, more tan color than the rest of the shoe. It also bunches at the front when I point. Doesn't look nearly as pretty as the picture. And the cloth covering over the string is slightly more pink than the arch. Meaning the shoe is 3 slightly different colors. Overall this shoe was more comfortable than several others I tried. But I will buy a backup pair, probably in a different style or brand.

    Age: 22 to 29     Fit: Runs very large     Comfort: 4 star rating    

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  • adultbeginner   05/28/2016
    Bloomsburg,PA

    5 star rating

    Should start my review saying that I have weird feet - They are on the wide side with really high instep and fairly high arch and I have long toes, hammertoe like in that in a totally relaxed position, the first knuckle from the bottom is bent. My normal sandal size is a 7 or 7.5 and wide if it's an option. My normal non-sandal size is a 7.5W-8. The first pair of slippers I got were the canvas Pro Elastics from Bloch, and I posted my review for those. But I was hoping these wouldn't have the issues they did on me (elastic too tight for my high instep and wide foot). Happy to say so far, I love these (have only had them a day). I got a size 5E. I was surprised the elastic was attached (for some reason I was thinking they weren't, even though it clearly says they are), so was crossing my fingers the elastic wouldn't dig into the top of my instep. Thankfully, they don't (must be the E width that helped that?). They are a tiny bit wide, but I appreciate the tie at the top allowing me to adjust accordingly to get a really good fit (unlike the elastic around my Pro Elastics which dug into my foot). They are just a hair long, so I probably could've gone with a 4.5E (my toes are not against at the top, but more like a street shoe fit), but as a home ballet learner, I think they'll work for me just fine. I also like the leather better than canvas. I'm sure this is just a personal thing, but it feels higher quality and I just love the soft feel of it.

    Age: 30 to 39     Fit: Runs large     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • nyc1   09/15/2015

    4 star rating

    I went to the discount dance store to buy my first pair of shoes and the employee who was helping me picked these out for me and I ended up buying them in a 7b. I didn't realize until after I started ballet that I should have bought a 6.5 because when I point my toes there is quite a bit of extra fabric at the front which makes it look like I'm not pointing very well. My shoes are also very squeaky, which is probably from them being too big. They've lasted me 9 months dancing 3 hours a week without any structural damage, but they've faded a bit on the toe to a weird light grey/brown. Otherwise these shoes make my arches look great and are very comfortable!

    Age: 15-18     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • emre   08/26/2014

    5 star rating

    GOOD FIT

    I wear a size 7-7.5 in street shoes and have narrow feet, and the size 5A ballet slipper fits me well. I haven't danced in them yet so I can't speak to durability and comfort.

    Age: 30-39     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • koolchicken   09/01/2013

    4 star rating

    HAPPY ENOUGH

    I bought these in store. I had wanted to try on two other brands but they carried neither and I needed something quickly so I ended up with these. They seem really nice and well made, but the limited sizes are a bummer. My feet are average width but are in between a 10 and a 10.5. The largest size these came in was an 8 (translates to a 10) and they were a bit short. They do seem to have stretched, the clerk said they would but they're still a smidge small. I just wish they had more size options, Bloch does make bigger sizes just not in these. :( Also, they don't mention it online but they say on the box Prolite ii Hybrid. Not sure why DDS fails to mention that's what style these are on the site.

    Age: 22-29     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • dancemomheather   08/29/2013

    4 star rating

    RUNS VERY LARGE

    I bought these shoes because the Capezio were out of stock. My oldest daughter's shoes were a six last year, but they were a little small so she bought the six and a half. They were two sizes too big. Now I have to go through the hassle to return and order a new pair. They were a nice shoe though.

    Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Rubieee   04/28/2013

    5 star rating

    LEATHER IS AS THICK AS MY LAST PAIR

    I have been sticking to Bloch leather ballet slippers since the day I started to learn ballet -- and they are awesome. Purchasing this pair of slippers again for the upcoming performance, I worried if the quality of leather is going downhill due to today's prevalent planned obsolescence. Very fortunately, the new pair of slippers delivered this time was exactly as the same as my last pair -- no skimping of the leather! :-)) I could survive two shoes very comfortably with confidence thanks Bloch, the company not yet gives into planned obsolescence. I hope they will keep putting us dancers first, not their profit.

    Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • 1practicalgal   04/24/2013

    2 star rating

    SIZING RECO IS WAY OFF

    This shoe may be great once my daughter can actually wear them. The description suggests "women order 3 sizes smaller than street size" and while it warns this is a guide, it is incredibly wrong. My daughter wears a size 5.5 women's street shoe, so I order 2.5. They are at least an inch too short. I'm going to have to exchange and will try a 4.5.

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  • SFFashionista   03/29/2013

    2 star rating

    THEY USED TO BE AWESOME

    These used to be among the best slippers around. If you have a pair that came without the elastics attached at the heel, you are a lucky person, because you have to old (awesome) ones. The new ones with the elastic already sewn at the heel are completely different and inferior. The leather is not as high quality and the shoes are not as attractive, comfortable or flattering as they used to be. Very disappointing, there's really no reason to bother with these anymore when there are so many other (better) choices.

    Age: 40-49     Comfort: 3 star rating     Durability: 2 star rating    

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  • balletsupremacist   02/08/2013

    3 star rating

    NICE QUALITY BUT NOT PRACTICAL OR FLATTERING

    As is to expect from all Bloch products, these shoes have great quality. Although they form well around the foot, they are made of pretty thick leather which makes them hot and sweaty quickly and therefore kind of uncomfortable. Additionally, the leather makes them extremely sticky so it's hard to perform pirouettes and turns in general with these slippers on. Unfortunately for me, they are very durable so I won't be getting rid of them in some time.

    Comfort: 3 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • beginner   01/29/2013

    4 star rating

    NICE SHOES

    These run true to size. I ordered 2.5 sizes down from street size having never tried them on and they fit perfectly. Comfortable and cute, though the color is a bit darker than I hoped it would be. The leather is thin, supple, and comfortable, but I'm not quite sure how long they will last, especially in and around the toe area. Worth it for classes

    Age: 19-21     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 3 star rating    

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  • KayTee   12/10/2012

    5 star rating

    MY THIRTEEN YEAR OLD LOVES THESE SHOES!

    I bought these for my daughter who takes one ballet class per week. She LOVES these shoes, especially the double strap and split sole. They also seem to be better quality than the Capezio's she had before. Definitely order 3 sizes down like it says. My daughter takes a womans size 9 street shoe and got the size 6-D ballet shoes. Her feet are not normally wide but she doesn't like a very restrictive shoe.

    Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Rowr   08/04/2012

    4 star rating

    LOOKS GOOD ON THE FEET

    Ive had two pairs of these and I really like the split-sole style - they make my feet look extra nice! I found these shoes to be comfortable and fit pretty well. I normally wear a 7.5-8 in street size, I ordered a 6 in these and they fit perfectly - so I would only recommend to going 1.5 to 2 sizes down. I've worn my last pair to class for about 5 months (~4 times a week) and they don't have any holes but the sole inside at the toes is starting to peel up a bit in one shoe, and they are getting really dirty.. time for a new pair!

    Age: 30-39     Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Rubie   07/08/2012

    5 star rating

    FIRST SPLIT-SOLE SLIPPER - A GREAT CHOIC

    I was wearing Bloch's Dansoft for a year and a half and the shoes started to slide off when doing some jumps. Dansoft was still in a great shape and I could keep waring for another year if I didn't have this problem; but I finally decided to buy a new pair. Given Bloch is a reliable brand that produces high quality shoes, I wanted to stick with Bloch and this time wanted to step up to wearing a split-sole slipper. This slipper fits perfectly and wears very well. Now it's easier to point my toes and do releve. Same as Dansoft, I just ordered the size 2 1/2 down from my normal "sandal" size and it fits perfectly. I also got the same B-wide slipper as Dansoft, didn't have to change the width either. Highly recommended.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • musikmaniak7625   06/15/2012

    5 star rating

    COMFORTABLE AND WELL-FITTING BALLET SLIP

    These are my first ballet slippers. I really like them. They are comfy and fit nice and snugly without being too tight. I really like them. I haven't had them for very long so I don't know how they will hold up, but they seem well made and durable. I really like them. 3

    Age: 15-18     Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 5 star rating     Durability: 5 star rating    

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  • Anonymous   02/04/2012

    4 star rating

    I love these shoes, although they were my first ballet shoes, but still, they're awesome! But, they do tend to enjoy picking up dirt and such from the studio floor, although that just might be this studio and not the shoes.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Anonymous   01/08/2012

    5 star rating

    These shoes will not die. I've worn them at least 3 hours a week (usually about 5) for a year and a half, with floors that tend to stick and even on cement for a bit. They don't really look pretty anymore, but are definitely holding together well enough to continue rehearsing in! If you want a shoe that lasts a long time, this is definitely the shoe to get.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Alysia   11/14/2011
    California,

    5 star rating

    LOVE THESE!

    I have had these for about 15 minutes, so I can only comment on initial impression and not longevity. Right out of the box these are most comfortable and best-looking ballet flats I have ever owned. The leather is really soft and the fit is perfect. I wear a normal-width, street shoe size 6 and got a 3-1/2A. The long-ish vamp makes my toes look long and the split sole is really comfortable. I think I used to get capezios a long time ago, and I recall the soles to be problematic. They were thick and I could feel it under my boney feet and I had trouble balancing because of it. These are hardly noticeable and feel so flat on the ground, I love it. Honestly, they fit and feel so good, that, unless there are any problems dancing in them, or with their quality or construction (don't predict that, given the other reviews), I can't see ever switching to another shoe.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Taylor   11/13/2011
    California,

    5 star rating

    BEAUTIFUL SHOES!

    These shoes are the first and only slipper I've worn. It's extremely comfortable and it hugs your arch beautifully. Be careful with sizing though. I'm a 7.5 street shoe, and I like snug shoes so I got a 6. For tighter, go with 1.5 smaller, and for a looser fit, go with 1 size smaller.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Taylor   11/13/2011
    California,

    5 star rating

    BEAUTIFUL SHOES!

    These shoes are the first and only slipper I've worn. It's extremely comfortable and it hugs your arch beautifully. Be careful with sizing though. I'm a 7.5 street shoe, and I like snug shoes so I got a 6. For tighter, go with 1.5 smaller, and for a looser fit, go with 1 size smaller.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Blondie   06/11/2011
    Virginia,

    5 star rating

    VERY COMFORTABLE

    Very comfortable!! These were the best slippers I've ever had. The canvas insert hugged my arch and made even my freakishly wide toes look good. They even lasted for a long time! I bought them TWO YEARS ago, and I finally wore a hole through the toes. Very,very nice shoes. When in doubt, buy these.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Kitty   03/13/2010
    Charlotte,

    5 star rating

    These are incredible shoes. The elastics are so comfortable and the shoe is too. Definitely buy these.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Tutucute   12/29/2008
    Illinois,

    3 star rating

    IT'S OK

    I do like the canvas insert that hugs your arch. And with the elastic pre-sewn, it saves some time. But the sizing was just off. I ordered 3 sizes smaller just like the suggested fitting and it was almost too small. And also it was a bit too pinky for me.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Vivian   12/16/2008
    California,

    4 star rating

    OK

    Hugged arch well but the paint wore off very very quickly...good for class or rehearsals but not for a performance

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Anne   10/18/2008
    New York,

    5 star rating

    GREAT SHOES!

    I love these shoes because they last a long time. I started wearing Capezio slippers and they had holes in them after about a month. With these, they last me a whole 6 months and I dance A LOT!!! You should totally buy these shoes if you want a long lasting and comfortable shoe.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Bevyn   10/01/2008
    California,

    5 star rating

    GREAT SHOES

    These are my best pair of ballet shoes ever :) They are so comfy and I love to dance in them. The only down part of them is that they do not have a very good heel in the back. I love these shoes :)

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Sarah   07/19/2008

    5 star rating

    GREAT SHOES!

    I love these shoes!!! Although at first I thought they were too small, but they have molded to my feet now. I might have needed to order 2 1/2 size smaller instead of 3. But I love them!

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Janet   07/17/2008
    Maui Hi,

    5 star rating

    WATCH YOUR SIZE ORDERING

    Great shoes but do not go by the sizing chart. They say to order 3 sizes smaller but it is more like 2 or even 1 1/2.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Linda   10/16/2007
    Birmingham, Al,

    1 star rating

    Ordered 3 sizes smaller for my daughter as directed by the website. They are WAY too small. The shoe lacks at least an inch from going over her foot. Beautiful shoe, very soft. Now I don't know what size to order.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Kiki   09/19/2007
    New York City,

    5 star rating

    AMAZING!

    Very soft and extremely comfortable! I love to dance in them!

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Carrie   05/02/2007
    Charlotte, Nc,

    4 star rating

    GREAT SHOES, CONSISTENT STYLE/SIZING

    I have been wearing these shoes for nearly 10 years, and I still think they are wonderful. Definitely my favorite leather shoes, although I am not a huge fan of the same style in all canvas. I do love the canvas insert, though I've found that you need to sew criss-cross straps for it to really pull up in the arch. However, the sizing and style is consistent, so I always know what I am getting, a plus when ordering online. I've never had a pair that made my feet look bad.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Janna   03/04/2007
    North Carolina,

    5 star rating

    The Bloch split-sole ballet shoe is great because unlike most leather ballet slippers, it doesn't get tethered within your first week of use. Also, it's pretty cheap. And when teenagers' feet are growing a size practically every 6 months, it is a real help.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Tori2   08/23/2006
    Southlake,

    5 star rating

    THESE ARE SOFT COMFORTABLE SHOES

    They are very soft, comfortable, long fitting, and lasting. They let you stretch very far and the elastic can be worn for a very long time without being worn out.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Amelia   08/15/2006
    Arizona,

    4 star rating

    GREAT.

    In regards to those who talk of the inner sole detaching, I simply remove it completely when I first get my shoes. It helps me feel the floor better. They last quite a long time.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Ashleigh   08/11/2006
    Massachusetts,

    5 star rating

    GREAT

    I own these shoes and they are very comfortable!! The only thing is without the elastic, they do not snug to your foot at all!! (and of course the elastic is not pre-sewn!) They do come with 2 elastics to criss-cross and once you have the elastics sewn on, they fit perfectly!! I love that they have the insert of canvas!! It makes your arch look very good! The sizing chart is correct, 3 sizes smaller. Overall a great shoe!

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Beth   08/07/2006

    5 star rating

    These are the best ballet shoes I have ever had! As a dancer for many years, I have gone through many different pairs of ballet shoes. These hold up great and have never given me any problems!

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Lauren   06/19/2006

    4 star rating

    OVER ALL O.K.

    I agree that these shoes are very comfortable when broken in nicely. I am an intermediate dancer, who dances 2 to 5 days a week and I've had these shoes for almost 2 years. However, I also had problems with the inner sole rolling/detaching, like the person who made an anonymous comment on 5-29-06. Also, because they only had 1 elastic they were somewhat loose near my arch, which did not make it appear very high. I give it 4 stars instead of 3 because of how long they lasted.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • Anonymous   06/09/2006

    4 star rating

    I love these shoes. They don't take all that long to break in, they are much more durable than Capezio leather split sole, and they make my arch look better. However, I wish that they would come up a little higher on the toes.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • K   05/01/2006
    California,

    5 star rating

    GREAT SHOE

    This is a great shoe, they are better than Sansha's. I can't begin to tell you how soft this shoe really is. The leather is soft and cushy, along with the canvas. It's a great shoe, if you like leather. The only complaint I have is that it only comes with single elastics, I prefer criss-cross.

    Fit: Runs small     Comfort: 4 star rating     Durability: 4 star rating    

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  • goguineapigs101     09/14/2018
    Ellicott City-md     Age: 15 to 18    

    What does the A, B, C, D mean?

    Thank you for your inquiry! A,B,C,D indicates the width of the shoe. A being the most narrow, C being "average" and D being wide.
    - DDS Customer Service (10/18/2018)

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  • Shay     05/24/2015
    Age: 17 or under    

    I am a size 8 in street shoe with a medium wide foot. What size would i be??

    The suggested fitting is to go 3 sizes smaller than your street shoe size. A, B, C and D are the widths. A - Extra Narrow B - Narrow C - Average D - Wide
    - DDS Customer Service (06/01/2015)

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  • HappyinOregon     05/20/2015
    Oregon     Age: 35 to 44    

    Going from Child to Adult

    My daughter is outgrowing these ballet slippers in the child version. Her last pair were size 1 C in the child's bloch prolite II hybrid. I see they only go to 1.5 in child's sizing. I'm wondering if I should hop over to adult sizing. If so, what size should I order? She is right between a 1.5-2 in girls street shoes. Thank you so much!

    You can easily transition into the adult sizing for this item. First increase the child street shoe size by two. Then follow the suggested fitting for the adult shoe you are purchasing. All of the fitting guides are listed on the product page.
    - DDS Customer Service (06/11/2015)

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  • hana     04/16/2015
    Age: 18 to 24    

    If I wear size 7 would 5B works for me ?

    I'm not sure if this helps you or not but my 7yr old wears a size 3 in street shoe & in this shoe the Medium (ladies 8/9) fit her PERFECTLY. - 1sttimebuyer (08/18/2015)

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  • Cede     03/05/2014

    I'm not sure what size I am.....

    I wear a 4.5 child shoe and a 6.5 adult shoe. I read most of the sizing reviews and a lot of people are saying the sizing suggestions aren't accurate. Please help me! What size am I?! Thanks! :)

    If you wear an adult size 6.5 you will need to order 3 sizes smaller, according to the suggest fitting. These shoes run 3 sizes large.
    - DDS Customer Service (03/13/2014)

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  • Tracey     12/01/2013

    We previously have bought these ballet slippers but can't see the size, they measure 8'' from heel t

    Because sizing for Bloch is different, it would be hard to determine the size based on the measurement of the shoe. Please contact Customer Service so we can better assist you.
    - DDS Customer Service (12/04/2013)

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  • Ballet mom     09/12/2013

    The cross cross straps are not attached! Am I suppose to have these sewn or is this a defect? Please

    Most split sole ballet slippers come with the elastic sewn only at the heels. You would need to cross the elastic, and sew at the arch of the shoes. Vendors do this so that you can determine how tight you would like the elastic.
    - DDS Customer Service (09/13/2013)

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  • Rubieee     03/22/2013
    Honolulu, Hi    

    Is the leather getting thinner for newer products?

    I have taken a notice of the most recent review on this product stating that the leather is thin, which worries me because I own the same shoes in the past 8 months and the leather is as thick as Dansoft - my first ballet slipper. Are the recent shoes of this style indeed skimping on the leather??? I hope not...

    We have not gotten any notice that the vendor has changed the material for their products. - Carriemf (03/25/2013)

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  • kpoo     02/21/2013

    I am not finding sizing info regarding a,b,c, d...what does that mean

    WIDTH OF SHOE A- Extra Narrow B- Narrow C- Medium D- WIde
    - DDS Customer Service (02/22/2013)

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  • popcorn32     02/04/2013

    are thease the same shoes?

    i have ballet shoes that only have one sole and one band . is this the same thing but with two soles and two bands? plus is this leather?

    Please provide the style number/ product name and brand that you currently have.
    - DDS Customer Service (02/05/2013)

    I would say they're not that different from one-soled shoes with only one elastic. - Balletsupremacist (02/08/2013)

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  • wonderingfish     11/06/2012

    I'm size 37.5, but 38 fits me better in street shoes and boots, what's my size for this one?

    Suggested fitting is 3 sizes down from street shoe, UK size 38 is a US 8.0, so a 5.0 US
    - DDS Customer Service (11/06/2012)

    I believe the conversion for U.S. shoe sizes is 38 = 7.5 so in this ballet shoe you would need to order is a 4.5. - Kaytee (12/11/2012)

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