About your dance shoes and your foot:

In manufacturing of your shoe:

- Leather may vary in areas.  These are not flaws but are natural variations in the leather. 

- Occasionally you may see small spots on the leather or fabric which can be scratched off lightly with the tip of your finger nail.  These spots are shoe glue which sometimes in production can land on places we would rather not have them.  If your glue spot will not scratch off, please contact us at dancers@danceweareurope.com

Fitting your new shoes:

All dance shoes need a few adjustments to fit properly. Whether it's the tightening of laces through adding appendages to ensure a firm fit; it is important you feel confident when stepping in your new shoes.

The following accessories can be used to help your specific issue:

- Suede Heel Grips: If you have narrow heels or if your heel keeps slipping out of a properly fit shoe, these can help.  It is best if the grip has a soft texture like suede or foam covering to be comfortable

 on your skin.

- Heel Cushions: Heel cushions come in gel as well as foam or even wood.  They are placed over the heel inside the shoe.  This would be used for people who have a very short distance between their ankle bone and their heel, which may cause the side wall of the shoe to rub up against their ankle bone causing blisters or bruises.  The heel cushion lifts the heel and therefore the ankle bone higher, past the area being rubbed. 

- Arch Support: Manufacturers have a tough time placing arch supports inside shoes as everyones feet are different and the arch placement for one person may not be a perfect fit for another.  For dance I suggest gel arch supports as they move well with your foot. 

- Additional Insole:  Those with narrow or shallow feet may find too much space inside a medium width shoe, and narrow width shoes can be hard to come by.  An extra insole can take up some extra space while providing a better/deeper cushion feel inside the shoe.  Insoles can come in 2 sizes, half sole (just the toe box) or a full foot length. If you are trying to fit the upper of a heeled shoe, you may only need the half insole, however if the shoe is flat and does not have a heel, you should go for the full foam or gel insole. 

- Rubbing and Sore areas:  Compeed Medium Blister Treatment is our number one suggestion for breaking in a tight area of your new shoes.  The blister treatment is a firm gel band-aid or plaster which can heal an actual blister or can be also used to prevent a blister.  It is about 3mm thick and you stick it to your foot where the rubbing is happening.  This breaks in the part of the shoe to a bit larger than that actual area of your foot, which will then feel fine when you wear it without the blister plaster.  It usually takes about three times wearing the blister plaster with your new shoes to break the shoe in properly. 

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