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Dancers shoes#0
Posted: 2/27/06 at 1:30pm
Wife wanted me to post to find out were dancers get their shoes. She wants to get the type that are "Mary Janes" with straps in the back that dancers wear. She can't find them anywhere!

Thanks!
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re: Dancers shoes#1
Posted: 2/27/06 at 1:41pm
Go to
www.discountdancesupply.com
They are pretty reasonable and you can find any dance shoe you need.

Hope that helps.
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re: Dancers shoes#2
Posted: 2/27/06 at 1:43pm
I get mine at a local dance supply store...in my experience it's better to buy them in person than online, because she'll want to try them on and make sure she can dance in them comfortably. However, if the online store has a good return policy, and you are not near a dance supply store, then it's a good second option.

Is she looking for character shoes? (they often look like Mary Janes, as do Flamenco shoes).

The "straps in the back" is what threw me - most of my Mary Jane-like shoes don't have straps in the back - just over the top of the foot. Can you clarify?
Updated On: 2/27/06 at 01:43 PM
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re: Dancers shoes#3
Posted: 2/27/06 at 2:14pm
She's not a dancer, but most "Mary Jane" type shoes don't have straps in the back. Her feet are wider in front, small heels, so they keep slipping off without straps to hold them on. She noticed that dancers shoes look like she wants, and also have the straps in the back. I'll have her check the website. We are in Northern NJ, about 20 min from NYC, so will alos check for stores in the area....
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re: Dancers shoes#4
Posted: 3/2/06 at 10:29am
Thanks for the info! Wife said it's just what she was looking for - "Charactor shoes"......
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re: Dancers shoes#5
Posted: 3/2/06 at 12:22pm
The best "Character Shoes" for comfort are La Duca's, of course Capezio, Bloch. Leo, etc have them and you can get them cheap, but for avoiding future foot problems, I would stay with the La Duca's!
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re: Dancers shoes#6
Posted: 3/2/06 at 12:25pm
I have Capezio and I find them very comfortable...only about $25 I think.
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re: Dancers shoes#7
Posted: 3/2/06 at 12:46pm
Thanks again!
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re: Dancers shoes#8
Posted: 3/2/06 at 12:48pm
Depends on the shape of your foot; I've tried LaDuca's (on the recommendation of several of my friends), but I actually find Capezio's much more comfortable. You can get them (Capezio) from super cheap ($25-ish) up to professional level, which are in the $125 - $150 range.
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re: Dancers shoes#9
Posted: 3/2/06 at 12:53pm
I like my Capezios MUCH more now that they added padding to them. My old ones from back in the day were torture to wear.
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re: Dancers shoes#10
Posted: 3/3/06 at 3:06pm
There's a Capezio outlet on Rt. 23 in NJ, near Rt. 46 and Wayne. They're great for shoes, they seem to have everything in stock.
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re: Dancers shoes#11
Posted: 3/3/06 at 3:07pm
Don't order from Discount Dance Supply without looking at the shoes in a store. If she doesn't need them immediately, she should go to a store and try on shoes and she can them order them online for cheaper.
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re: Dancers shoes#12
Posted: 3/3/06 at 3:45pm
I do not think it is a good idea to go to a Dancewear store and "try" shoes on then not purchase them and order online, that is how these stores make their money, also many of them charge a "fitting fee" if you are obvious that you are just sizing and not purchasing. There are many wonderful ballroom shoes out there that have the strap in back as you asked about. Just FYI
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re: Dancers shoes#13
Posted: 3/3/06 at 3:59pm
All my shoes are either Capezio or Bloch. I think they're the best, and the most comfortable. She should try them on before she buys them, though. Just remind her when she gets them that she still has to wear them in, so they might feel a little uncomfortable at first. I get all of my dance supplies at a local dance store, but Discount Dance Supply is a wondeful website. They have some great deals.
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