Bloch's professional tap shoe designed with tap icon Jason Samuels Smith. Leather upper lined with Kashmir to reduce moisture. Double hard leather outsole with triple stacked heel. Steel resonance plates between tap and outsole create optimum depth and pitch of sound. Specially developed metal bonding procedures ensure that screws will not loosen without modification. Heel measures 1.5". Separate slip pad included.
I wear a 9 or 9.5 in street shoes. Ordered a 9 in these so they'd be on the more snug side. I can put my whole thumb in behind my heel when my toes are in the front of the shoes. I've never worn a size 8 shoe as an adult, so I'm kinda scared to go down to that size, but with how big these 9's are, I can't imagine an 8.5 would fit correctly. If at all possible, I'd save yourself a headache and go to a store to try them on instead of buying them online.
Bought a pair of size 9 tap shoes. Ordered the street shoe size as was suggested. When my grandson tried them on, they were very tight and his toe was right at the end of shoe. I had to order a size 10 and they were a little big. He needed them for school, so we had to settle. We have ordered other shoes and have always had a great fit. Don't know what I will do in future. The shoes were just what he wanted and seemed like good quality.
I ordered these shoes because I needed a shoe for teaching and performing that was black. Why black? Because I'm going to order a pair of miller and ben shoes in a custom color and I can't be on stage with a blue shoe. So if you don't want to spend a fortune on a all black shoe these are the ones for you. This is the best build up for the price I have ever seen! If you teach or rehearse all day these are very comfortable, also if you don't wear socks they are micro-fiber lined. The toe tap covers the whole ball of your foot and heel tap is large as well. What dose this mean for you? Well, you get a very loud and bassy warm sound that resonates through where ever you are performing. If you are used to a light shoe like a leo then these are going to feel a bit heavy but you get used to them in a week or two. As for the sizing I wear a men's street size 10 so I ordered a 10 in the tap shoe. They felt great at first but the leather stretches as you use them and I should of gotten a size 9.5, just something to think about. I said that they run large but just a little bit. In conclusion, if you are on the fence with these shoes buy them, they will not let you down.