Fitting and Care For Your Shoes
We want to be sure your new shoes fit you properly.
PLEASE TRY ON YOUR SHOES ON A CLEAN, SOFT SURFACE TO PREVENT SOILING OF THE SUEDE SOLES. SHOES WITH SOILED SOLES OR SHOES THAT HAVE BEEN USED ON A HARD SURFACE, CANNOT BE RETURNED FOR CREDIT OR EXCHANGE. Try both shoes on, as one foot is normally a different length and shape than the other.
Dance shoes are generally worn smaller than you would wear your regular street shoes. They must fit snugly without hurting so you maintain proper balance on the dance floor. This means that your feet should cover all parts of the shoes. If your feet move easily inside the shoes, you cannot properly control your balance or your dance posture.
In closed-toe styles (ladies and men’s), the toes should be as close to the end of the shoes as is possible without actually rubbing. In the sandals, the toes should completely cover the soles of the shoes and it is preferable if the toes actually “hang over the edges” of the shoes just a bit (up to 1/4 inch).
Please note that all heel heights are measured from the middle of the heel, and not from the back of the heel.
If the shoes begin to stretch enough to allow your feet to slip inside them, invest in a pair of inner soles and use them. The more your feet can move inside dance shoes, the faster the shoes will stretch, become misshapen and wear out.
Be sure to polish leather shoes regularly to keep them from looking scuffed and brush the suede soles of your shoes to keep them free of wax and dirt build-up from the dance floors. The wax causes soles to wear faster, since dirt particles cling to the wax and then grind into soft suede soles, causing them to wear away. Use a silicon oil or polish to keep patent shoes from sticking and cracking.
NEVER WEAR YOUR DANCE SHOES OUTSIDE AS LONG AS YOU WILL BE USING THEM AS DANCE SHOES. The beautiful shoes you buy from Showtime Dance Shoes are made by skilled craftsmen, balanced and especially made for dancing. They are a necessary accessory of the dance and will make your dancing far more enjoyable.