Buttery soft leather, with little need to break in material. Fits true to shoe size. Synthetic sole provides coverage all the way to the toe for confident spins.
Wide feet may find shoes too tight, though going up a half size may solve it. Soles tend to wear through within a few weeks.
Comfortable and flexible, and light enough for challenging rehearsals. Fits even wide feet well, thanks to lace-up feature. Very durable and long-lasting compared to other jazz shoes.
Sole is a bit grippy, making turns difficult. May need a bit of time to break in. Sole can fray at the ball of the foot.
Fits almost true to size for most. Shoes slip on easily yet fit snugly. Hold up well for several weeks of practice or performance.
Could use a little more interior cushioning. A little tight around the ankle.
Shoes run relatively true to size. Comfortable to wear, and durable enough to last through several student practices.
Molded synthetic heel doesn’t provide much stability. Fits somewhat loosely on the foot.
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If you dance jazz, then you need jazz shoes. Most shoes you’ll find are made from leather, which is the preferred material because it’s breathable and is built to last. But if you are looking for a better budget option then you can also try out canvas. You’ll also want to look for rubber soles for good traction. Some will have extra grips on the bottom to provide better friction with the floor. If you’re a more advanced jazz dancer you will want a split-sole to achieve more flexibility.
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