Dance shoes are generally worn smaller than you would wear your regular street shoes. They must fit snugly without hurting so you maintain proper balance on the dance floor. This means that all parts of the shoes should cover your feet. If your feet move easily inside the shoes, you cannot properly control your balance or your dance posture.
In closed-toe styles (ladies and mens), the toes should be as close to the end of the shoes as is possible without actually rubbing. In the sandals, the toes should completely cover the soles of the shoes and it is preferable if the toes actually "hang over the edges" of the shoes just a bit (up to 1/4 inch).
When the shoes begin to stretch enough to allow your feet to slip inside them, invest in a pair of foam or gel inner soles and use them. The more your feet can move inside dance shoes, the faster the shoes will stretch, become misshapen and wear out.
Be sure to polish leather shoes regularly to keep them from looking scuffed. We suggest using a neutral polish or cream on your leather dance shoes as coloured polishes will transfer onto your partner's shoes during those rare collisions. Brush the suede soles of your shoes using a steel wire brush. This will keep them free of wax and dirt build-up from the dance floors. The wax causes soles to wear faster, since dirt particles cling to the wax and then grind into soft suede soles, causing them to wear away. Use a silicon oil or polish to keep patent shoes from sticking and cracking.
Never wear your dance shoes outside as long as you will be using them as dance shoes. The beautiful shoes you buy from Stardust Dance Shoes are made by skilled craftsmen, balanced and especially made for dancing. They are a necessary accessory of the dance and will make your dancing far more enjoyable.