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How to Find the Right Fit

Choosing the right size for you

Just a bit of light reading !

Ok so I love getting to play Prince Charming and having our Cinderellas come in to the studio and find the perfect fitting pair of shoes. Sure it’s easier to try before you buy, but if you’re a dance shoe virgin sitting at home in your PJs and fluffy unicorn slippers deciding which shoes to add to your cart, read this FIRST!

Dance shoe virgins, you’ll be happy to know that you will likely double your dancing queen time because you’ll be dancing in comfort (and yes totally owning the dance floor at the same time). I am telling you – dance shoes are a game changer.

1.Your dance shoe should fit snug like a glove
Trust me – all that dancing is gonna make your dance shoes stretch! This is one of the reasons why dance shoes should be snug but comfortable. There should be no wiggle room and your foot should not be able to move around in the shoe. You do not want to buy a dance shoe that is even a little bit loose. Your foot needs to be secure when you’re tearing up the dancefloor otherwise, things could get messy. I speak from experience.

Closed toe shoes should be close to your toes. If your toes are curl, the shoe is too small. Open toe shoes should allow your toes to sit on the edge or no less than 1-2mm from it and yes dear god, if your toes are hanging over the edge of the sole and flapping in the breeze, then go up half a size. It’s not the most attractive look. There should be no gap between your heel and the back of the shoe.

If your normal everyday shoe is say, a size 7, you could be a size 36 or 37 in a dance shoe. This is why our trusty sizing chart is your sizing bible.

2. What about heel height?
You may notice that our heels generally come in 2 heights – 7cm (2.75 inches) and 8.5cm (3.35 inches).

Our Dance Virgin range includes 5cm (2 inch) heels, both flared heels and thick square shaped “Cuban” heels. And no, the Cuban heel didn’t originate in Cuba. Apparently 9th century Mongolians wore riding boots with said heels. Chinese farmers and ancient Egyptian butchers cottoned on to how cool these Cuban heels wore and decided to slip them on to keep food off the ground. Not sure I follow that one, but that’s what the Google said. And hey, if we can’t trust Google, then who can we trust?

Back on topic, we have a range of different heel heights which will depend on the kind of moves you’ll be busting out but also on what you’re generally comfortable in. Oh and don’t forget, we can always custom make your heels to better suit your tootsie.

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