Danshuz Split Sole Jazz Tap Shoes
Product Type: Tap Shoes
Style Name: Split Sole Jazz Tap Shoes
Style Number(s): 5056 (Tan) 5058C and 5058 (Black)
Colors Available: Bella Tan (Caramel color) and Black
Sizes Available: 5058C Black – Youth sizes 1 and 1.5 in Medium Width only
5056 and 5058 – Ladies 4 to 12 in Medium and 6 to 12 in Wide Widths
- Soft leather upper lasted for a contoured fit
- Split sole design for maximum flexibility and pointe
- Reinforced toe box to assist in toe stands and suspended toe movements
- Super Tone Taps with adjustable tap system on leather sole
- Memory foam cushioned foot bed
- 3/4″ heel and full heel counter for stability and balance
- Contoured skid pad behind taps
Manufacturer Website: http://danshuz.com/product/split-sole-jazz-tap/
Ever since the original Leo’s brand was bought by Bloch (and got turned to Leo) – I’ve liked these shoes. Yes, originally, I believe they were copy-cats of the Leo’s ones – but let’s be honest. There’s not *much* that doesn’t get copy-catted at some point in the dance industry!
These leather tap shoes are super soft and comfortable! I’d even go so far as to call the leather “squishy”. If you want a super flexible tap shoe (sacrificing the middle support and a stiff leather) – you’ve come to the right spot! It’s really more of a lace-up jazz shoe with taps on it than a reinforced proper shoe. But that said – it’s SUPER flexible (there’s absolutely NO support in the middle for your arch) so that means you can really show off your foot pointing! However – that also means that these can stretch a bit too in length I’d strongly suggest that you fit these snug (even if you’re looking for growing room) – because the shoe WILL stretch out. It *is* leather after all and leather really likes to stretch!
The downside to having this flexible of a shoe is in the toe stands. Some younger bodies may not have developed enough strength yet to safely toe stand in these shoes (even though it is much easier to do toe stands in these). If you’ve had a foot injury – particularly in the arch – a shoe this flexible may not be your best option especially if you are recovering and need some extra support. It’s definitely something to keep in mind.
These shoes do run a bit on the wider side – so if you’ve got super narrow feet (but you like everything else you’re hearing)…. make sure you check out my YouTube channel for how to change up the lacing pattern on your shoes to make the heel opening narrower! If it’s really too wide in the toe – you can try adding a toe pad (like what we’d use in pointe shoes).
So long story short – this is, perhaps, THE most flexible tap shoe currently available on the market. However what you gain in flexibility, you lose in support/reinforcement. If you’re a super hard tapper/stomper, this shoe may not be best for you.
Sizing Info: Danshuz says to fit same as street shoe. But I think you’ve got about a half size of “play” with it. If you’ve got narrow feet – you might try a half size down to start with. Wide feet – should try the wide width or go up a half size in a medium width. Men – please add 2 sizes to the size. Also – a child’s 2 is an equivalent of an adult 4. So an adult 4 is up 1/2 size from a child or youth 1.5.
Can’t get the shoe in your preferred size/width combination? You can trade off size and width. Eg – If you wanted a 7 medium – you should try a 6.5 wide if the 7 medium isn’t available.
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Other Notes: These were popular and similar to several other brands. I’ve seen them more generically now and not so much in the US.
*A note about prices – while the MSRP is listed – it is just that. Please remember that your local dance store also has to cover shipping costs, lights, rent, other utilities, and oh yeah – HUMANS! When you go into a local dance store – please realize that you are possibly paying a small premium for their expertise, knowledge, and having (most) products there on hand. That’s not cheap. Please don’t go “window shopping” there only to save a few bucks. Especially on products under $100, it’s really not worth it. Support your local store. Please. When you do, you validate why we have physical stores and why we, as store owners, dedicate ourselves to providing you with products and knowledge we can stand behind.