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Make sure your order down/properly size. These do not come with elastic ties so if you’re used to pulling your elastic tight, you may want to order a size narrower than you typically get. These are a very soft shoe. I’m used to leather and canvas, so these were different for me. The material felt like a sock almost, and there is a padded heel... I haven’t decided how I like that aspect of the shoe yet. I am very happy with them though! They’re attractive on the foot, soft, and I love that there are no elastic strings.
As a belly dancer, I've worked hard to find the best pair of ballet flats to fit my needs. Dancing barefoot isn't always easy on the knees during spins. I've tried several styles and brands and these Performas are the true "performers" of the bunch. The So Danca SD16 were nice too, but I didn't like how quickly they wore out.
Size wise, for an adult size 8 street size (medium width), a size 6C in this shoe is perfect. You may even be able to go with the B width if your toes are kind of narrow at the top. (I'm an avid Birkenstock wearer however so my toes are nice and spread out so I prefer the extra room in the C width.)
These ballet flats are pretty nice but they were slightly big. The size chat to maybe go up because they ran small but when I sized up half large they were a little too big so I recommend you get your actual size. Overall they are great for class.
I recently found out I'd be teaching ballet again after many years, so I found myself without a pair of ballet shoes! I also haven't purchased ballet shoes in so many years, so I didn't even know where to start. I found these, read reviews, and decided to take a chance and I am EXTREMELY pleased! They are so soft and comfortable, the elastic around the shoe really holds my foot in well, and the pre-sewn elastic cross straps fit very comfortably! I am a street size 7.5-8, pretty normal width, so I followed the recommended 2 size down and they fit perfectly! I ordered a 6.0C, and I'm so pleased. I can't wait to teach in my new shoes!
My daughter is hard to fit for shoes, however, these fit both her very wide metatarsals and very narrow heel. (She wears a size 7 street shoe and wears a 5XXX in the Bloch European Balance pointe shoe.) We followed the fitting recommendations and ordered 5 in the canvas Performa. Since they have a sock-like stretch, she wears a B in width. They have plenty of stretch to be comfortable around the wide part of her foot while remaining narrow through her heel. This is the first canvas shoe she has been comfortable to dance in since other designs either squeezed her metatarsals too tight or bagged in the heel.
I was nervous about ordering these shoes because there were so many different directions about sizing. I ended up following the sizing directions on the site, which are to order 2 sizes below your normal shoe size.
My street shoe size is 7.5 - 8 so I ordered a 6C (medium width). The shoes fit exactly as ballet shoes should!
My daughter wears a 8.5 W in street shoes. Per the reviewsrecommendations, I ordered 7.5 D. Still very small. Have to return. Extremely disappointed. What size do you recommend at this point? Thank you.
The suggested fitting for this item is 2 sizes smaller than street. For example if you wear a size 8.5W(ide) we suggest ordering a 6.5W(ide). Please remember this information is shown as a guide only and not a guarantee.
Actual fitting may vary. - DDS Customer Service (08/07/2019)