Re: Question about shoes Posted by ballroomchick 5/7/2012 3:20:00 PM
I wear a size 11 street shoe and I wear a size 11 ballroom shoe as well. MOST dance shoe companies ONLY go to 10 or 10.5. I dance in a 2.5" heel. I've tried 3" heels and I just do not have the coordination to manage the extra 1/2". Also this shoe puts me a 6' 1" - my instructor is 5' 11, I really don't need to tower much more over him.
My first prs of dance shoes were Werner Kerns. As expensive as they are my feet were killing me after a few hours because there is very little padding. I prefer the less expensive Souldancer Dance shoes! I can dance all day long in them. They have wonderful padding, it feels like I'm walking on a cloud. The only style numbers I would suggest to stay away from are 2311 & 2334. As pretty as the crystals fob is over the toes, the mettle back will rub you raw.
I've progressed now where I'm dragging the toes through the neutral zone and the lip of a size 11 shoe is just a tad too long. I got a 10.5 shoe and LOVE the length, but the toe box is a tad too tight. Put some good blisters over my toes. I had these shoes put on the stretchers for 3 weeks. I will be trying them in practice to see if they are workable now. If that does not work I will have to have my 11's cut back a bit at the toes.