Capezio Hanami Ballet Shoes
Product Type: Ballet Flats
Style Name: Hanami
Style Number(s): 2037C/2037W
Colors Available: Light Pink (LPK), Black (BLK), White (WHT), Nude (NUD), Light Suntan (LSN), and Mocha (MOK)
Child Toddler 8 to Child 2.5 Narrow, Medium, and Wide
Adult 3-14.5 Medium and Wide. Narrows available in most sizes under Adult 12.5
Light Pink (LPK) is only in Narrow, Medium, and Wide (in adults) from 3-12.5. Currently size 13 and up is medium width only.
This split sole ballet shoe is unlike any shoe you have ever worn. It features the ultimate in comfort and fit. The four way stretch canvas hugs your foot like no other ballet shoe ever has. It is truly a second skin fit. The incredible buttery soft lining provides comfort beyond your expectations. Prepare to fall in love with Hanami.
- Innovative 4 way stretch canvas upper
- Technical wrapping lining, absorbent
- Unique Seamless Capezio Patent Design
- U neck with Ultimate streamlined fitting reflecting contours of the foot
- Extremely flat pleats
Manufacturer Website: http://www.capezio.com/
There’s a reason it has catapulted up to being one of Capezio’s top sellers! This shoe is very comfortable both in feel and, for the most part, in fit.
The canvas texture is much smoother and finer than many of it’s competitors. When you pull it on the foot- it feels nice and smooth. The lining on the inside is super soft. My kiddo who has sensory issues didn’t mind the feel of this shoe as much as some others she’s tried!
The leather pad on the bottom of the foot is wide enough to go from joint to joint across the ball of the foot. The side seaming is designed and angled to not only look good – but also reduce bunching under the foot. The amount of compression to the fabric is light – moderate compared to some other shoes but, once on, it feels more like the amount of compression you’d find on a snug fitting sock.
The u-shaped opening is rimmed with a soft elastic – so no drawstring here! The opening is cut low enough to not put pressure on the tops of most people’s feet. However – I think the vamp on this shoe is a teensy, tiny bit long on the smaller sizes (kids mostly) – but I don’t consider that a major drawback. If anything – that’s super minor. Mainly because that as the shoe stretches – the vamp becomes an extra stretch point to relieve pressure on the seaming and other parts of the shoe. So – it’s a looks thing… if anything.
The canvas feels thinner than the competitors. While this make the shoe unbelievably aesthetically pleasing – if you don’t take care to keep those toe nails cut short – I could easily see a nail tearing up the canvas on this shoe quickly. Granted – that’s true for most canvas shoes – but this one I’d be a little more concerned with that on in terms of durability. I feel like this shoe would take dye nicely and fairly uniformly though because of the design of the canvas. Capezio is coming out with a leather version of the Hanami later this year (I’ll keep you updated on that) but I’m not 100% sure of the release date on it yet.
Sizing – this shoe runs VERY small. I’d go at least 2 sizes up… maybe even 3. The width on this shoe seems very middle of the road – so that’s a definite plus. If you have sensory issues or don’t like shoes very tight – go to 3 sizes and possibly a width up. I do think that this shoe will fit a nice range of feet and sizes (excellent for teams and groups in search of a shoe across multiple feet, ages, and size needs). They did add a bunch of colors so if you’re looking to match skin tone – I think you’ll be able to get close for many people.
Downsides to this shoe? Capezio had a bit of a stock issue with this shoe for a while… the shoe was *just* that popular (yes, seriously). Demand was overwhelming for this shoe and their factories just couldn’t turn them out fast enough. That said – I think they’ve got a much better handle on it now and I don’t expect to see as many shortages in this shoe as they’ve had in the past. Supply issues wouldn’t be a reason to stay away from this shoe and if you’ve experienced that in the past (but still liked the shoe) – consider going back and trying it again. It’s also slightly more expensive than the comparable So Danca SD16 (so some stores may choose to carry one but not the other).
Long story short – this is an extremely comfortable and visibly pleasing ballet shoe that is well deserved of it’s top-seller status. Plus, with the rise in more dancers choosing socks over dance shoes in some disciplines, this shoe is a good compromise between the feel of a sock and shoe.
Sizing Info: Generally – these have been very small and Capezio does say that for fitting (to add 1-2 sizes to street shoe). I lean towards the 2 to even 2.5 sizes larger than street shoe.
Material/Content: Stretch Canvas
Intro Date: I think it was around 2016…
Discontinue Date: n/a
*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.