A Guide For Anyone Needing to Purchase Tap Shoes

The first question that I am always asked by new students is, “What kind of tap dance shoes should I get?” Given that this is the season when many students are taking tap classes for the first time, I thought this short list of tips might be helpful and timely.

The names that most new students run across are Bloch Tap Shoes & Capezio Tap Shoes. Lucky for you, I remember when these names meant nothing to me as well! Let’s move beyond the names, and get to the advice.

Comfort is the most important consideration when purchasing tap shoes. If the shoe doesn’t fit properly, the style and sound quality really will not matter. A tap dance shoe should be snug. There is no need to have extra space in a tap shoe unless you are still growing or have a medical condition. Over time, and with frequent use (and practice), the leather in the shoes will stretch some…this means that if you start with a shoe that’s too big, you are likely to eventually crack a mirror or some poor audience member’s head with it!

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