We stock a wide range of dance shoes for every dancers needs.
Choose the style of dance shoe based on the type of dance which will be performed. You'll find every category of dancing footwear including the following:
Pointe shoes: Designed for ballet.
This type of shoe haa a toe box made stiff with glue. In order to enable the dancer to stand on the tips of their toes, Pointe shoes will also have a harder sole. Ribbons and elastic straps are generally used to fasten this shoe around the dancer's ankles.
Ballet shoes: These shoes are flexible and soft.
Usually made of leather or from canvas, these shoes are also used for ballet dance. They generally come with either a sole in two parts (sometimes referred to as a split-sole) or a continuous sole. Leather is usually the material used for the sole and a thicker material is used underneath the heels and balls of the feet. To allow for the dancer's foot to point more easily, the material under the arch is softer and more flexible. This type of shoe is normally fastened over the top of the foot with elastics.
Jazz shoes: Usually made with a two-part rubber sole for Jazz dance
This split rubber sole provides the dancer with traction and flexibility. This type of shoe is either laced up normally or secured with elastic inserts depending on the type.
Ballroom shoes Ballroom and Latin American shoe types
The two types have similar suede soles. Men's version of the ballroom shoe are normally lace-ups with an inch heel. This heel usually doubles for the Ladies' ballroom shoes and increases to 2 inches. The fabric of the shoe can be colored to match the outfit of the dancer. Latin American versions of the shoe have higher heels which shift the weight on to the toes rather than the equal distribution of the standard ballroom iteration. Heels are also usually 0.5 to 1 inch higher.
Dance sneakers: lightweight dancing sneakers
These dance trainers or sneakers have reinforced rubber toes which means that standing on your toes is possible for a brief period of time.
Foot thongs: Slip-ons that partially cover the foot
The ball of the dancer's foot is covered by foot thongs which decrease friction while performing various dance moves. For example, turning is made easier with this footwear. They offer a small amount of protection from blisters and abrasions from the rigors of dance. They also provide the illusion of the dancer being in bare feet from a distance.
Tap shoes: metal plates mounted to the underneath to make the famous tapping sound.
Stepping with these shoes on to a hard performance surface creates the tap sound for tap dancing. Generally, most styles of shoe can have taps attached to them.
Character shoes: 1-3 inch heeled dance shoes made from leather
These dancing shoes come in a soft sole (suede) or harder soled version. They tend to be fastened to the foot with straps going across the instep.
Whatever type you require, our vast range of dance shoes has you covered.