FAQs


Do I need to make an appointment for a pointe shoe fitting?
All of our full time staff are trained and experienced pointe shoe fitters and we will usually be able to see you if you turn up at our store. However, we would prefer you to make an appointment if possible as the fitting may take some time, especially for a first pair of shoes. Please allow sufficient time. See Pointe Shoe Fitting page for more information on what to wear/bring to your fitting.

Do you stock uniforms for local dance schools?
We stock uniforms for most of the local dance schools especially the ones in our Loyalty Programme. However we can also order items to meet with your specific requirements.

How are dance shoes different from my normal shoes?
With a ballet or tap shoe it is quite clear to see the difference but with social dance or dancesport shoes the difference between them and your everyday shoes is less obvious.

The main difference is the flexible suede sole. The suede gives you a perfect balance of grip and slide, allowing you to spin without sticking to the floor (which can often be very dangerous, causing twisted ankles and knees) but also providing enough grip so you won’t slip over! Most ladies shoes have a slightly flared heel giving them a larger surface area for stability. Dance shoes are lightweight and flexible and you will certainly feel the difference after dancing in everyday street shoes!

How should my dance shoes fit?

For Ballroom Latin and Salsa dance shoes

For ease of movement, preventing injury and to care for your feet long term, a correctly fitting dance shoe is so important.

Your shoes should fit as snugly to the foot as possible without causing pain or discomfort. A good fitting shoe should feel as though it is part of your foot, there should be no gap between your heel and the back of the shoe and the sole should support the arch of your foot. There should be no movement of the foot within the shoe as this will only cause rubbing and can put pressure on the ends of the toes in a closed toed shoe as the foot slides forwards.

The length of the shoe will vary according to the style. For example in a closed toe ladies shoe and in men’s shoes the foot should have enough room so that the toes can lay straight and slightly touch the end of the shoe. In an open toed shoe the toes should come as far to the very end of the sole as possible, meaning most dancers can go down a size in open toed shoes- just make sure the shoe is supporting the arch of you foot in the correct place!

For wide feet - Werner Kern shoes are wider than most but the comfort range provides extra width for those who need it. Shoes with adjustable front buckles can also be useful- see Leona. 

For narrow feet- Shoes with adjustable front buckles like Leona are the most useful. Insoles or pads can also be used in some dance shoes to prevent the foot from sliding forwards in the shoe, the Bunheads Gel Metarsal Pads are particularly useful for this . Please contact us for further advice.

For narrow heels- Make sure the widest part of your foot is well supported as heel grips can often be used to pad out the back of the shoe.

For Ballet shoes

For ease of movement, preventing injury and to care for your feet long term, a correctly fitting ballet shoe is so important.

Your ballet shoes should fit as snugly to the foot as possible without causing pain or discomfort. A good fitting shoe should feel as though it is part of your foot, there should not be any excess fabric around the toe area and there should be no gaping around the sides. Many ballet shoes have a drawstring, however the drawstring should not be necessary if the shoe fits correctly.

If the shoe gapes at the sides- It is likely that the shoe is too long, try half a size smaller.

If the shoe is loose around the toes- The shoe is too wide, try a narrower fit.

If the shoe is very tight around the toes - Remember that most dance shoes will stretch so ballet shoes should fit like a glove. However, if the shoe is painful then it is probably too narrow and you should try a wider fit.

For Jazz Shoes

For ease of movement, preventing injury and to care for your feet long term, a correctly fitting jazz shoe is very important.

Jazz shoes are available in slip on and lace up styles. With both varieties, the fit should be snug. A good fitting jazz shoe should feel as though it is part of your foot, there should not be any excess fabric around the toe area and there should be no gaping around the sides.

If the shoe gapes at the sides- It is likely that the shoe is too long, try half a size smaller.

If there is excess fabric at the toes- The shoe is too big, try a smaller size.

If the shoe is very tight around the toes - Remember that the leather will stretch so jazz shoes should fit like a glove. However, if the shoe is painful then it is probably too narrow and you should try a larger size/wider fitting shoe.

I can't find what I'm looking for, can you order it for me?
Yes probably, as long as we can source the item from one of our suppliers we can order in the item for you at no extra charge. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us with any queries you may have.

I have faulty items, what should I do?
See Delivery&Returns for our returns policy.

I need my item urgently what can I do?
Please Contact Us to check stock availability, as long as we have it in stock we can arrange next day delivery.

What are your Opening Hours?

Monday  Closed
Tuesday  11am- 6.30pm 
Wednesday  11am- 6.30pm
Thursday  11am- 6.30pm
Friday  11am- 6.30pm
Saturday  9.30am- 5.30pm 
Sunday  Closed 

 
What size should I order?
Many dance manufacturers have their own sizing structure. This can get confusing so we have listed shoes in their UK sizes as well as the the manufacturers equivalent size. We recommend ordering your usual street size unless stated otherwise in the product description. If you have had the shoes before please order the size printed on your shoe from the listed manufacturers sizes. If you get stuck just give us a call!


Where are you located?
Our shop is situated on Histon Road, Cambridge, across the road from Aldi grocery store and Esso petrol station. We are based on the first floor just above Coffee Tree coffee shop and below Colours Of Dance studios. There is one reserved customers' parking space in the back of the of the building.