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I finally broke down and took my 9 year old to a dance store to have her fitted for jazz shoes, because even the ones labeled as narrow were too wide on her feet. These were the only pair that fit her skinny heels, and I was very happy with the fit.
Unfortunately, she wore them out in less than three months. The rubber soles were rubbed smooth, and starting to break apart where they attach to the leather. No, she has never worn them outside. They just do not seem to hold up nearly as well as the other styles we have tried in the past. Her only other complaint is that the tongue portion tends to roll in as she puts them on, and it is annoying for her to flip it back to the correct position.
Overall, I love the fit, and wish more shoes were cut to this width, but am disappointed in how they wear. If there was something else that would stay on, we would switch styles, but for now, I just have to keep buying new shoes.
I was nervous about ordering dance shoes online, because the sizes vary so much. My daughter wears a 11.5 street shoe, so I ordered that size and thankfully they fit her with a little room to grow. I'm so glad I won't have to return them for a different size. Also, she says they feel very comfortable. She didn't want to take them off when she tried them on.
Before I criticize these shoes, I'd like to say the good: These shoes have held up very nicely. I wear them to both my hip-hop and jazz class, and I love how flexible they are. Honestly, I am not a fan of the laces, so these were great.
Some criticism: Bloch is my favorite dance shoe maker, but when you wear these shoes as much as I do, they start to retain the sweat and smell VERY badly when I take them off. I got these shoes from a store, and when I tried on a 7 (my regular size) they were TIGHT, so I got a size up and they were perfect! I do encourage people to buy these shoes though, because they are great!
These shoes are the best. They are the only shoes that I wear for jazz. I don't like those that lace up and these are way more comfortable....they actually fit right...I love them! This is the only kind of jazz shoe I use and my whole dance team, including for competition!
What is the deal with going from child's to adult sizes?
by: KatieB123 (06/03/2013) Age: 35 to 44
The 1.5 is too short for my daughter, and the adult 4.0 is too long. Same thing is happening in ballet shoes. Somebody somewhere missed a size when they planned to crossover into adult sizes! (My daughter is about a 1.5 street shoe. Almost a 2.) I managed to make her ballet shoes last through the recital by putting something inside them and stretching them because they were too tight for her and I couldn't find a new pair that were the right size in time!
For all shoes you would want to convert her 1.5 child size into a 3.5 adult (by adding two sizes). You would then look at the recommended fit on the adult shoe whether you would need to go up or down any sizes from the 3.5. Unfortunately you are correct in that some shoes are missing a half-whole size in-between their child and adult shoes, such as this Super Jazz. The adult 4.0 would be the closest size but with the extra room you would more than likely need to stuff the toe with a little bit of cotton until she can grow into it. - DDS Customer Service (06/03/2013)
my daughter street shoe size is 1. Which size shall I order for her?
by: Jennifer (02/02/2013)
Children order street size.
This information is shown as a guide only and not a guarantee. Actual fitting may vary. - DDS Customer Service (02/05/2013)
My daughter wears a size 12 in boots and tennis shoes. Her dress shoes tend to be smaller because of fit. We ordered a 12 and they were at least an inch too big. We returned and ordered an 11. Hoping they will fit better. - Jewelsmom (03/17/2015)