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Economy slip-on tap shoe features an innovative neoprene arch insert that makes it easy to slip on and off and accommodates various foot widths while still providing excellent fit. Other features include a man-made leather upper, molded taps with sound board, and a non-skid rubber patch.
I purchased these shoes after years of purchasing the more expensive Bloch slip on taps. These shoes actually fit her narrow foot better and are true to size for an amazing price. Will definitely be purchasing again.
I read all reviews that were posted at the time of purchase. Some said right on with street size, some said ran a little small. Taking this into account and knowing I wanted something a little bigger for some growth. I ordered one size bigger than my child's street size.
Please be advised that I am very accurate in my description and not exaggerating at all. I am leaving very detailed info, so that one can order more accordingly when ordering this product.
The street size my child wears is 12 and it was bought at Payless. We previously purchased tap shoes from Capezio at the dance school, which runs a little spendy, hence purchasing here.
Anyway, so the size of the Capezio was a 11.5 which was running small, which makes sense because my child is wearing a 12 now so I would say the Capezio runs pretty close to street size. I ordered a 13 in the theatrical tap shoe, thinking again it was a size bigger and room to grow and also accounting for the reviews that said it ran a tad small. I received the shoe and had my child try on, it was too small! I held it up to the Capezio and they were the same size!!! So the Capezio 11.5 is the same size as this Theatrical size 13.
As far as quality of the shoe, seems to be great quality, love that it slips on and is easier for a child to put on. My child changes from jazz to tap in class so it is important that it doesn't take too long to transition. I will recommend that my local dance studio invests in the product, but with the size difference I don't recommend purchasing online. Or perhaps purchasing from someone that will exchange at least one time without paying additional shipping.
I hope this helps others if you decide to purchase.
I loved the look of these tap shoes for my son (it's hard to find boys ballet and tap shoes!). He wears a 10.5/11, so I ordered an 11 and they were small and tight. I was surprised because the reviews said they were consistent with street sizes. We still love them, so we're going to order a 12 and see how that works.
I ordered these shoes for my daughter for tap class. I was pleased with the look of the shoe when they arrived. She wore them to class and was happy with the way they fit. Shoe size seems to be pretty consistent with the street shoe size, maybe just a tad bigger.
The dancer normally wears a 12W, but since they don't come in wide, do I need to order a 1/2 size or whole size larger?
The shoe runs true to size, however since they are not available in a wide width, I would recommend order just a half size larger to give a bit more width to the shoe. If you order a full size larger, the shoe may be too long. - DDS Customer Service (01/24/2014)