Something You Should Know About Tap Dancing Shoes (Ⅰ)
One of the most important skills a tap dancer needs to learn is how to choose the right pair of tap shoes. Once you begin shopping for tap shoes, you will see that there are many different styles available. Use the following guide to help you find the perfect pair of tap shoes according to style, fit and sound.
Styles of Tap Shoes
Tap shoes are available in a variety of shapes, styles and colors. Tap shoes are generally made of four materials: leather, canvas, wood and plastic. Young tappers tend to favor the Mary Jane style of tap shoes, with a single ribbon tied into a bow on the top of the foot. Older, more experienced dancers typically prefer flat leather oxford tap shoes. Tap shoes with heels are also available if preferred, but tend to be a little more difficult to balance on, as they place more weight on the ball of the foot and the toes. More advanced dancers usually opt for split-sole jazz tap shoes, which allow more flexibility for performing advanced tap steps.
Fitting Tap Shoes
Overall comfort and fit is extremely important when purchasing tap shoes. If the tap shoes don’t fit perfectly, tap sounds won't be clear and precise. Keep in mind that sizes of tap shoes may be quite different than street shoes sizes. If you are not sure of two sizes, opt for the smaller size. Tap shoes should always fit snugly, with very little space in the toe box. With frequent use, the most tap shoes will stretch and allow more room for your feet.