To get the best fit for your dance shoes, they need to be super snug to the foot. Once your foot is inside the shoe, it should not be able to move or slide around, you want it to feel nice and firm on your foot. Your toes should come nice and close to the edge of the shoe, so there is very little space between your toes and the end of the shoe.
If the shoe is too loose, the foot will be unable to properly grip and could throw you off balance. If the shoe is too tight, you will not have proper flexibility and the tightness could cause injuries. The difference between snug and tight can be very slight, so it's important to understand how the shoe should feel.
A snug shoe should be form fitting to the foot. There should be just enough room to wiggle the toes and no slipping in the heel. A dance shoe that is too tight will hurt. A brand new pair of dance shoes should feel tight, but not painful. Over time and use, the material will stretch and loosen up.
One of the most important things to do (or not do) is to get your shoes wet! This can stain and damage the satin.
To clean your satin shoes, we recommend using a slightly damp cloth to wipe down the outer material, and also the inside of your shoes. The PU & leather-look shoes can be wiped down with a damp cloth using a mild detergent.
If you do alot of dancing, we recommend having at least 2 pairs of shoes to alternate day to day, which will allow each pair to breathe between wears - this will give you the longest life out of your shoes. When i find a style i really love, i always buy 2 pair!
To preserve the condition of the heel tip, it is recommended that you use Heel Protectors. Currently we don't stock Heel Protectors. but we do provide a spare set of heel tips with each pair of our shoes - free! When the heel tip eventually wares down, you can replace it to freshen up your shoes - just like brand new!
Our number one most important tip - don't wear your dance shoes outside! Don’t let them get wet and avoid rough surfaces as this could cause the material to cut. This will ensure that your soles stay in the best condition possible.
The soft suede soles are super delicate, and are designed to be used on the dance floor only! To maintain the condition of your soles, use our Shoe Brush - the essential accessory! Using the brush not only ensures the soles are kept clean, but they can also increase the friction of the sole. Depending on how long you dance, you will need to give them a brush every 2-3 wears.
Remember - the Shoe Brushes are made from wire so they are super sharp, which means you want to avoid them coming into contact with the outer material of your shoes (and your hands!) as this can cause some damage.