So Danca Bliss and Bali Ballet Shoes


So Danca Bliss & Bali Stretch Canvas Ballet Shoes

Product Type:  Ballet Flats

Brand:  So Danca

Style Name:  Bliss (SD16) and Bali (SD18)

Style Number(s):  SD16 (Bliss)  SD18 (Bali)

MSRP:  $21.70-25.00*

Colors Available:  White, Light Pink, Nude, Caramel, Suntan, Mocha, Black

Sizes Available:

The SD16 comes in sizes child 8 (very small) to adult 11.5.  A, B, C available in almost all sizes.  D (in adult 2 and larger) , E, and EE available in larger sizes (generally adult 5 and up)

The SD18 comes in sizes 12 to 15 in C, D, E, and EE widths.


Manufacturer Description:

All Stretch Canvas shoe without drawstring, adhereing perfectly to the arch and without gaping on the sides. No unsightly gaping when on demi-pointe

Kat’s Thoughts: 

Truly, this shoe is probably my number-one favorite ballet shoe (if I had to pick just one).

I combined my review of both the SD16 and the SD18 for one simple reason – it’s the same superb shoe but with a break in style numbers for sizing!

It’s been so incredibly popular since it was released a few years back – that So Danca decided to add not only sizes/widths to the available line-up, but update and add colors too!  So now you can get a shoe that will – quite literally – fit almost every single foot out there and match almost every skin tone!  Even the “skinny minny” foot that I mentioned in the original article should fit in the “A” width nicely now.

The durability on this shoe is still pretty gosh darn good.  Obviously – canvas shoes, dogs and/or carpet floors don’t mix well… but that said – they have seemed to hold up well.  Even after washing and wearing!

There are other similar styles to this shoe – with the main difference being the seaming on the shoes.  This shoe has a main middle seam down the bottom of the shoe and two side (or “quarter”) seams.  The “sister” shoes of this shoe:  SD120/SD121 (single seam down bottom of shoe), and the SD48 (full sole version).

I wrote a review of this shoe in 2013, and (because I’m kinda lazy) – going to copy and paste it of it here.  I scratched out what is no longer valid. 🙂

November 4, 2013:

The SD-16 is another beautiful stretch-canvas ballet shoe.  The canvas is stretchy (but seems like it has less compression than the Bloch Zenith), the arch is elastic, and the drawstring… wait… *what* drawstring?!  There’s no drawstring… just this wonderfully soft, elasticized casing?!  Ooooo and pre-sewn criss-cross elastics too?!  SIGN ME UP!!!!

Even better– the So Danca designers didn’t stop there!  They designed this shoe to streamline AND hug/emphasize your arch!  It’s pretty awesome.  From what I hear from customers —this shoe is comfortable, wears hard, looks AND feels simply divine on the foot, and is just a cool shoe!  This all-stretch shoe hugs growing feet enough to give some extra growing room too and still minimize the trip risk (seems to put some of the growing room to the heel which helps on the “trip-risk-ometer”… even though it’s not as pretty of a line).  Fully grown feet will appreciate the “ooooo….ahhhhh” factor of how streamlined it makes even the flattest foot look!

Fair warning—this shoe does seem to run a little narrow, but that could honestly be a visual illusion (yes-it’s that streamlined—that and I’ve really only had experience with the B width).  It comes in widths A –D and in kids 8 to adult 11 (so around a ladies’ 12.5 to 13) and in RY Pink (lighter peachy nice pretty pink—pretty standard here in the US) and black. 

The SD 16 can be washed, though we strongly suggest washing by hand (cold water) and air drying.  It is proving to be a very popular shoe with professional dancers, both female and male.  Our own experience has been that it tends to size down more than a standard canvas shoe due to the stretch factor.  It also is turning out to be a very adaptable shoe width wise.  The only foot I have come across that is challenging it the “skinny minny”…….very narrow, very shallow.


Sizing Info:  Generally – these have been very true to the suggested sizing of going down 2-3 sizes for ladies.  Men stick with your street shoe size.  However – because of the amount of stretch – those with sensory issues may want to try starting with their street shoe size first and then adjusting from there.

Material/Content:  Stretch canvas!

Intro Date:  I think it was around 2013… that’s when I first reviewed the shoe (and that’s also when the stretch canvas shoes really hit the market BIG).

Discontinue Date:  n/a

Other Notes:  So Danca keeps these pretty well stocked at all times.  If they’re out – we’ve only seen a week or two (normally) as a backorder.  Generally – long enough to get a container through US customs.  However – other widths and similar styles are almost always available if you are in a super big time crunch.

*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 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.

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