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Tap shoes consist of 1-2 tap plates attached to a sole and upper with a series of screws or rivets. How tightly the screws are attached, and the number of screws, determines the sound that you get from your tap shoes. The screws are adjustable to achieve the desired sound; you can get a deeper sound if your taps are looser. These adjustments are made by the manufacturers when the tap shoe is made, which is why our customers love to put their musical trust in them when they buy shoes with the taps already attached.

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Tap shoes can come with or without taps attached. Most of our customers prefer their tap shoes to come ready to dance in straight from the box. If you like to attach your own taps to choose your prefered tightness and pitch, check out our available tap plates. Tap plates are typically made of aluminium or metal alloy, whilst some tap shoes for children might have a plastic heel. There are a few different types of taps, which are as follows:

Tap shoes come in many different styles, like: lace-up, ribbon-tie, slip-on and buckled. It's really your preference when it comes to choosing a style, but that best type of tap shoes for children tends to be the open front Merry Jane bow-tie style, whilst the best type of tap shoes for adults is usually higher-heeled lace-up West End tap shoes.

Split sole tap shoes are popular with dancers who want more flexibility and range in their shoes. A split sole means that the base (underside) of the shoe is in two parts rather than one piece of material running from toes to heel. Full sole tap shoes are a standard and popular for children and beginners. The soles of your tap shoes will most often by leather or suede. The sole of a tap shoe can be more weighted to offer a louder sound.

The top edge and sides of the tap shoes that meets your foot is known as the topline. A lower topline means that your ankle is less encased, has more room to move, less restriction and therefore more flexibility. A higher topline will restrict the foot more, but it will however offer more stability in comparison to a lower topline.

You should try your tap shoes on for the first time with your socks or tights that you'll wear to dance. We recommend to our dancers that they should wear socks or tights to extend the life of the tap shoes, which has multiple benefits as inner-shoe footwear also acts as an extra layer to cushion and protect your feet from possible blisters.

It is no secret that tap dancers grow very fond of their tap shoes. With the high level of aesthetic customization that exists today, it is easy to attribute fond memories with a particular pair of tap shoes.

I loved my blue Capezio K360s. I kept them around for over two years. When the lateral side, or outer edge, of my feet started to ache, I figured I must have landed wrong during a difficult step. When they got really sore, I thought that I must have been doing something chronically wrong. When sharp, electric jolts of pain kept me from dancing, I realized I had been doing something wrong. I needed new shoes.

Three days after receiving my new pair of shoes, my pains from the previous six months had disappeared. If I were to put on my old blue shoes, the pain would come back. I had learned my lesson the hard way.

A dancer may wish to refurbish a pair of shoes for a number of reasons. Sentimentality, financial circumstances, and a light dance schedule are all valid arguments for refurbishment, but it is unwise to leave such specialized work to a standard cobbler. Tap shoes should be interested to the care of the company from which they were purchased, or outside parties with specialized training focused on tap shoes.

A used pair will never regain the level of support and manageability of a new pair, and after seeing the price tag that comes with major refurbishment, a new pair of shoes could save time and prevent traumatic injury for a small additional cost.

Dance World carries a comprehensive range of women's tap shoes from leading brands, to suit the beginner student through to the professional tapper. Our tap shoes come in various styles such as Mary Janes, Oxford style and jazz taps, in slip-on, laced and buckled designs.

Your first stop should be to check out a discount dance supply store near you that is maybe blowing out tap shoes for $10 or $20. Walmart, believe it or not, often has cheap tap shoes and even a reputable brand like Capezio offers a style around $35 that you could find online.

These WORLD FIRST taps turn any flat-bottomed shoe into extraordinary dance shoes. Our fabulous slip-on taps come in 3 sizes and stretch to over 40% of their original size. The taps are stainless steel so rust-proof and scratch-proof. Our patented design also includes a non-slip grip. IT'S A GAME CHANGER!

What was the most important thing for you working on this project?The main thing was to create a professional high quality tap shoe as a complete package which to me means a shoe that is a total entity and lasts the distance. We worked on the durability of the shoe and the style, and it was also important that the shoes have their own distinctive sound.

Sound is an important aspect of tap. What process did you undergo to ensure the shoes produced an exceptional quality sound?At the beginning of the whole process Bloch did a focus group. They called in a bunch of tap dancers: Derrick Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chloe Arnold, Dianne Walker, and myself. They had taps from the past and the present and we tested the sound independent of the shoe, and also on the shoe, and every dancer would say which tone they preferred. I was really feeling confident with the shoe and we were at the end of the process when Bloch wanted me to try these new bigger taps that covered the entire surface of your toe to the ball of your foot. The sound was really unique and the tone produced by the bigger tap was so rich, deep and base heavy that I loved it immediately! The sound I can produce with the taps is actually my favourite part of the shoe.

The best tap shoe for beginners is anoxford style shoe, with a lace-up closure,low heels, a firm, solid sole, and taps attached with three screws. If you can afford them,buy leather shoes rather than shoes made of synthetic materials.In my opinion, this is the best tap shoe style for any level of tap dancer who does not need, or have a strong desire, fora different style shoe.

Why An Oxford Style Shoe?Oxford style shoes are recommended for beginners becausethey have a lace-up closure. Shoes with laces providebetter lateral foot support then other tap shoe styles suchas mary janes and slip-ons. Laces will also alloweach dancer to get a perfect fit, because the laces canbe tighted or loosened to hug the foot perfectly.

Why Low Heels?Balancing as your weight shifts from side to sideand front to back is one of the most important skills for a beginningtap dancer to master. A high heel will make balancing more difficult.Lower heel tap shoes also produce a stronger, richer sound because high heel shoes have small rear taps.High heel tap shoes are known as character shoesand they are most suitable for experienced tap dancersperforming Broadway style tap on stage.

Why a Solid Sole?Most tap shoes on the market have hard, solid sole,but a few models have what is known as a "split sole".In a split sole tap shoe, the area between the two taps is made of flexible material.Tap shoes with a firm, solid sole are best formost tap dancers because they provide a better sound and better support. Split sole tap shoes make it easy for tap dancersto point their toes like jazz dancers but that abilityis not needed for most tap dancing steps, combinations,and routines.

Why Three Screws Per Tap?The first pair of tap shoes I ever owned had tapsthat were each attached with only one screw. I quicklyfound out why three screws per tap are better.When a tap is attached at only one point, itcan rotate around its screw or nail, causing it to loosen. I had to re-tighten my taps every two or three lessonsto prevent them from falling off.Eventually the rotation of my taps around theirattachment point started stripping the screws.When taps are attached at two or more points, they cannot rotate around the screw or nail.The best tap shoes will usually have taps attachedwith three screws. In no case should you everbuy tap shoes with taps that are glued on.

Why Leather?Real leather shoes will usually conform to the shapeof your foot more readily then synthetic leather.Leather shoes will also usually last longer,making them a better economic choice in most cases.

Put on a show-stopping performance in Move Dance tap shoes or with Tele Tone and Duo Tone Capezio tap shoes that really hit the right notes. Choose your favourite style tap shoe to match your outfit or keep you comfortable throughout class from top faves like West End, Merry Jane and men's Oxford tap shoes. We have something for all abilities, starting with tie-front children's tap shoes before you advance onto lace-up or slip-on dance shoes. Spoilt for choice? We recommend you go for a pair of black tap shoes in canvas or vegan synthetic leather if you're just starting out before moving onto leather tap shoes.

Hard Sole vs. Soft Sole (benefits/drawbacks): The Hard Sole line of shoes are for character and stage work, they are used in many on Broadway shoes because they have a tendency to last a bit longer. Hard Sole shoes can also be worn as street shoes. We recommend street rubber if they are being worn as street shoes. Some dancers prefer hard sole shoes for additional support. The hard soles, even after breaking in, will NEVER be as flexible as Soft Soles. The Soft Sole is an extremely flexible shoe, especially for jazz and lyrical dancers, it is comparable to dancing in a jazz shoe with a heel.

Where can I buy your shoes? Online @ or at our Flagship Retail Store located In Midtown Manhattan at 517 w. 45th Street in New York City. Also now in London at LaDuca Shoes London, 37 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5RR. 041b061a72


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