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Not only are there many types of footwear available for theater dance applications, there are hundreds of stock and custom styles allowing selection options per period, characterization, musical theme, or personal style. Whether for upper level training or professional performance, nearly any shoe costuming concept is possible. Following is a brief highlight listing of a few more popular ballet, tap, and jazz styles. For traditional styles see STUDENT TRAINING SHOES; also consider ACROBATIC/GYMNASTIC SLIPPERS, MODERN/ETHNIC SANDALS & CHARACTER SHOES, POINTE SLIPPERS, or CUSTOM DANCE SHOES. If you do not see a satisfactory style, telephone for detailed, additional, fitting, and group outfitting information.

Shoe sizes are listed from smallest to largest available. Stock sizes may include child 5 - 13½ and adult 1 - 17.
Widths: Narrow, Medium, Wide, eXtra wide or: A, B, C, D, E, EE
{*NOTE: Sn sizes are numbered about 3 sizes larger than dance shoe size and include no ½ sizes. Generally, order 2½-3 numbers larger than similarly styled established dance shoe size; e.g., Sn size number 8 would be similar to dance shoe size 5½.}


Unless otherwise noted, all listed ballets are fully lined leather with drawlastics (elastic "drawstring"{see TYING DRAWLASTICS near the end of this file}), and include (usually unattached) elastics. Note differences in pinks.
GTSAID: The term "split-sole" is often used inaccurately to describe any shoe with a ball-of-foot pad separated from a heel or heel pad. The purpose of the design is to encourage more complete shaping of the shoe around the foot starting from the center-line of the sole; thus, more accurately sculpting the foot, even when arched. This is best accomplished only when there is a seam the length of the center of the shoe sole and frequently another crossing under the arch. The term split-sole used below indicates such a design.

C2033    LEATHER COBRA   (light pink)
Ultra-soft "elastic" leather, leather sole and heel pads, crossed double elastics.
M W child 10 - 2½    24.25
M W adult 4 - 12    25.75
(black, light pink)  M W child 10 - 2½    20.50
(black, lt pink, lt suntan)  M W 4 - 12    21.50

JULIET    C2028
Exceptionally fast shaping leather with seamless arch and ball and heel pads.
C2027    LEATHER JULIET  (black, light pink, rose quartz)
M W child 12 - 2½ (light pink only)    29.50
M W adult 4 - 12    34.25
C2028    CANVAS JULIET  with attached heel elastics.
M W child 10 - 2½ (light ballet pink)    20.50
M W adult 4 - 12 (light ballet pink), 5 - 12 (black)    21.50
ROMEO  (black, white)
Wider cut men's variation of the Juliet made of more durable, yet soft, Mesisto leather.
C2020    LEATHER ROMEO (black)
mens Medium, Wide widths. Sizes mens 7 - 14    42.75
C2021    CANVAS ROMEO  with attached heel elastics. (black, white)
M W mens 7 - 14    23.25
Bh277    CANVAS PUMP   (black, flesh {light tan}, pink)  
One end of double elastic attached near heel.
A B C child 10 - 1½ (pink only)    21.50
B C D ladies 2 - 8½ (pink plus A; black no D)    23.25
B C D mens 4 - 11½ (plus white; no pink)    25.25

Many other slipper styles available.

                BALLET BOOTS

Leather or canvas uppers with leather sole and heel pads. M 8 - 20* (See sizing *NOTE at beginning of this file.)
 SnBB1  SnBB3
SnBB1    LEATHER RUDIK  leather with side laces. (black, caramel, off-white)    170.00
SnBB2    CANVAS RUDIK  with side laces. (black, red, tan, white)    105.00
SnBB3    LEATHER VASLAV  with two part side gores. (black, off-white)    170.00
SnBB5    LEATHER MISHA  with longer one part side gores. (black, off-white)    170.00
SnBB6    CANVAS MISHA  with longer one part side gores. (black, flesh, white)    105.00
Ask about other boot styles and customization.

                SATIN SLIPPERS

SnWS2    SATIN HEELED FLAT  (black, ivory, light pink, purple, red, royal, salmon, white)
Sueded sole, 3/16" rubber heel, satin upper.
Medium child 9½ - ladies 10    24.00

For a more accurate gown match, consider custom dying. Other dyeable satin slipper, ballroom, and period shoe styles available.

                        Dyes and Dying

ZZSG5    CUSTOM SATIN DYE SERVICE  most styles    20.00
Send garment swatch for shade match. Blendable cold-set dye allows very similar color co-ordination. Advise if slightly lighter or darker shade is desired. (NOTE: Cold-set dyes may be affected by moisture, including spills and perspiration. Dye-bleed onto hosiery or skin may occur.)
SAAcp32    FABRIC DYE  2 oz. (many colors)    9.00/bottle
Suitable for most fabric uppers (not color fast or washable).  Order by color or send swatch for closest match.
Apply with soft brush.  Brush: 25¢
SAKw3600    AEROSOL SURFACE DYE  4½ oz. (76 matte colors, gold, silver)    10.00
(black, dark brown, white) 12 oz.    17.00
SAKw3100    PATINA AEROSOL  transparent gloss, may be used over any color, 13 oz.    10.00
Surface dye suitable to renew or change leather or vinyl uppers, or for use on most synthetic props and costume accessories.
SACls231    LIQUID SURFACE DYE  (26 colors) 1.18 oz.    9.50
GTSAID: Most liquid dye colors are blendable (if using the same item number/base) permitting custom shading. Aerosol dyes may be spackled (multiple shades lightly oversprayed) to acheive a custom color effect, appearing homogeneous when viewed at a moderate distance. Because the spay dye is formulated for synthetic shoes, they are especially useful for coloring synthetic props and costume pieces. Although applied as a liquid, their rapid drying and thin coating characteristics permit their use on flexible and firm-finished natural materials such as most paper, plastic, or wood folding fans, without loss of prop utility. Because of rapid drying, apply light coats as desired by spraying into a box to collect overspray. Being a surface dye, the liquid will be absorbed by fabric, not lightening dark fabric and only tinting lighter shades - ask about alternatives for vivid fabric recoloring.


Unless otherwise noted, listed styles are leather upper and soles with graduated (height dedependent on length) heels, no taps attached. Taps and attachment service charges are listed at the end of this file. Ask about "tennis shoes", sneakers, and pointe slippers with attached taps.
C828 C653 
C828    FOOTLIGHT (black, tan, white, custom**)
Long the professional standard for ladie's tap shoes with 2½" heels, slightly narrower last, and fast shaping leather lined upper.
N M W widths; sizes 4 - 11    200.00
**All C professional styles may be customized in various ways, including color. For some insight see
CUSTOM DANCE SHOES, or telephone 712/255-0972.
 2½" arch supported heel, leather upper with slightly forward arch strap. M W 4 - 11 (black, caramel)    70.50
C657    MANHATTAN XTREME  C653 with factory mounted Tele Tone / Duo Tone taps over steel sounding boards. M W 4 - 11 (black, caramel)    78.00
C656    THEATRICAL FOOTLIGHT  leather upper and soles, 3" heel, internal arch/heel support. M 5 - 10 (black)    73.75
 C800  CCHRS 
C800    PROFESSIONAL T-STRAP  T-strap version of the C828. (black, tan, custom**)
N M W widths; sizes 4 - 11    200.00
CCHRS    CHORUS  2¾" heel, open sides T-strap variation. M W 6½ - 10 (black, tan, custom**)    230.00
C900    3" HEEL T-STRAP  M W 4 - 11 (black, tan, custom**)    200.00
 Lo3007  Bh389  Bh388
  (black)    69.50
Side elastic gored leather, taction ball pad, ¾" heel, screw-on taps with no sounding boards.
M ladies 2 – 11 (also, tan M 4-11) ,  W 4 – 14
Bh389    TAP-FLEX WELLINGTON  (black, tan)
Low Wellington style tap shoe, slightly concave top of heel pocket, attached taps.
M child 10 - 1½    67.00
N M ladies 4 - 12    77.00
Bh301    J-T OXFORD  (black, tan)
Jazz-tap oxford with sounding boards and taps, rubber ball pad.
M child 10 - 1½    60.75
M ladies 4 - 12    68.50
M Mens 6 - 13 (no tan)   80.00
Without taps, request Bh300.
Bh388    TAP-FLEX OXFORD  (black, tan)
Leather heel and split-sole oxford, slightly concave top of heel pocket, attached taps.
M child 10 - 1½     67.00
N M ladies 4 - 12    77.00
M Men's 6 - 13 (no tan)    83.00
Lo3006    JAZZ-TAP OXFORD    (black, tan)    66.50
Very soft leather upper, ball pad, ¾" heel, taps attached.
M ladies 4 - 11, (black only) W 6 - 11
CCG16    FLEX OXFORD  (black, caramel)
Modified "split-sole" design for increased arch flexion, boxed toe,  ¾" heel, tractive rubber ball pad, factory attached Tele-tone taps.
M W child 10 - 2½    70.00
M W ladies 4 - 14    82.00
 SnTA97  CK360 
SnTA97     WING-TIP OXFORD  taps attached, 1¼" heel. M 8 - 20* {See *NOTE below} (black/white)    93.00
{*NOTE: Sn sizes are numbered about 3 sizes larger than dance shoe size and include no ½ sizes. Generally, order 2½-3 numbers larger than similarly styled established dance shoe size; e.g., Sn size number 8 would be similar to dance shoe size 5½.}
CK360    PRO OXFORD  the long established 1½" heel, leather lined standard for professional tap and character oxfords.
M W X 3- 14 (black, tan, white, custom**) (stocked in black 6 - 12½)    295.00
CK-3600    WING-TIP PRO OXFORD  M W X 6 - 13 (black/white, tan/white, custom**)    210.00

Also, tap sneakers, other brands and styles, with and without factory attached taps.


Styles designed for general variety dance applications. Non-suede soles accept taps. Many more styles suitable for musicals and floor shows are listed in this file, as well as, BALLROOMPERIOD, and CUSTOM.
C658  Bh390
C658    BROADWAY FLEX  2" heel, arced dual-strap, neoprene "wings" leather upper. M W 4 - 11 (black, caramel)    89.50
Bh390    SPLITFLEX T  2½" heel, T-strap version of Bh392. M 5 - 11 (black, tan)    88.00
CBRT    CABARET open-toed interlocking wrap-vamp sandal with 2¾" heel. M W 4 - 11 (black, silver, tan, custom**)    200.00

                    JAZZ SHOES

For all-synthetic styles suitable for outdoor use, see FIELD & PARADE.
SnBW1    WING-TIP JAZZ OXFORD  leather upper, sueded sole. M 8 - 20* (See *NOTE above.) (black/red, white/black)    84.00
  Bh401  Bh495
 low-cut leather upper with elastic vamp, rubber sole-pad and neoprene heel. (black, tan)
M child 8 - 1½;  ladies 4 - 12½    38.00
M mens 6 - 14 (black only)    50.50
Bh495    NEO-FLEX JAZZ LOAFER  low-cut style, leather with neoprene-waist upper, rubber split-sole. (black, tan)
N M child 10 - 1½;  ladies 4 - 11½ (also, M taupe)    38.00
Pull-on soft split-soled leather jazz boots with rubber sole pads and 3/8" rubber heels, designed similar to the Capezio cabaret custom Wellington styles. Custom cabaret and street-wear half and low Wellington styles are still available.
 SnV71  CEJ2
SnV71    ECONOMY WELLINGTON  with elastic side gores. M W 3 - 16* (See *NOTE above.) (black, tan)    42.00
CEJ2    LOWER ELASTI-WAIST WELLINGTON  lower-cut upper with elastic center gore. (black, caramel)
M W child 10 - 1½,  ladies 3 - 14    39.00
 CCG05  CCG15
CG05    JAZZ WELLINGTON  with elastic side gores. Half sizes available.
(black, caramel)
M W child 10 - 2½    46.50
M W ladies 3 - 14    53.25
CCG15    ELASTI-WAIST WELLINGTON  with wrap-around elastic gores continuing through the arch. No half sizes.
WHILE THEY LAST    (black tan)    35.00
GTSAID: The same size CG15 appears shorter than CG05 because the waist elastic immediately accommodates foot length and continues to lengthen with growth. We recommend not "growth fit" outsizing youngsters in elasti-waist shoes as much as in styles with contiguous soles. Conversely, young, weak feet may not as comfortably continuously force, while growing, the heavy elastic rather than gradually shaping the CG05. Consider both potential growth and foot strength when fitting.

Ask about Hip-Hop Sneakers - many styles and colors. Many other brands, styles, and colors.


                            Taps  C22, C23, C20, C21

Sizes larger to smaller: C-- Toes #1-5, C21 #1-10 C23 #1-2½-6
When Ordering Tap Shoes specify style of taps desired and whether attachment is desired.
When ordering taps without shoes, either specify tap sizes or shoe style for which they are intended or send tracing of sole toe and heel. Taps are priced per pair for toes or heels. Attached taps per pair of shoes.
C20:C21    MASTER TOE : DUOTONE HEEL    11.50
The industry standard cleated nail attached taps with solid, easy-to-hear sound, placement, and durability features. Generally, no maintenance is required. Ideal for all beginner and young intermediate students.
NOTE:  Master toe taps have been discontinued. As our stock of any size is depleted (currently #1 & 2), we shall be attaching a compatible "no maintenance" style.
C22:C23    TELE-TONE TAPS (toe : heel)    12.00
The Capezio tap specially designed to provide clear TV transmission and better sound definition on any stage or floor. Screw attached light weight hollow taps over nailed-on fiber "sounding-boards". Each tap may be independently tuned to provide a different frequency of sound and are considered by most professionals the finest taps available. The screws should be attached with shoe cement (listed below), allowing repeated tension adjustment without loss of grip to the sole leather.
G27:G28    BELL CLOGGING TAPS (toe : heel)    12.50
Stevens Stompers and several other styles and brands of taps available - ask.


The GTS unique tap attachment methods involve a variety of materials and techniques rarely combined. Inner soles are not removed, thus avoiding the common misallignment and rippling problems associated with their reattachment. All heel taps have two allignment holes pre-drilled inwardly angled to assure accurate tap placement and minimize the chance of side-of-heel expansion blemishes. Nail-on taps and fiber-boards are pin-punched, burying the nail tips into the inner soles. Fiber-boards are positioned with two standard length tacks, then finish mounted with shorter less obtrusive tacks. All screws are mounted with rubber shoe cement, allowing repeated adjustment while minimizing the chance of screw loss. Because the board long edge screw pair should always be tight, they are shorter. The point screw (phillips #4 x ½")  for each tap is longer, allowing loosening to acheive the "clapping" effect premiered by the original Tele-tone 3-screw design. By varying (#0 phillips bit) the point screw lengths it is even possible to control the audible frequency of each tap, permitting four tone cramp rolls, etc. (Yes, tapping can be musical, as well as, rhythmic.) Unless otherwise requested, GTS taps are centered to the sole or heel and alligned with the toe tap at the end of the sole and the heel tap set about a 1/16" in from the back edge of the heel. When requested, various custom placement configurations are possible; i.e., forward and/or inward toe tap and fully-back heel tap placement to facilitate easier clips, or more outside or inside placement of toe taps to facilitate easier wings or side riffs. Telephone (712/255-0972) regarding your needs. NOTE: The GTS attachment systems are not used for factory attachment.

The attached taps product code letter follows the shoe style code. Price includes taps or braces and attachment service per pair of shoes.
---/M full toe & Duotone heel    28.00
---/D Tele-tone toe & Duotone heel    29.50
---/T Tele-tone toe & heel    31.00
---/H heel braces, inside or outside    12.00
ZZSG3    REMOVAL SERVICE taps or wafers    1.00/per pair\per layer

Miscellaneous Accessories

G29    HIGH-HEEL BRACES    5.00/per pair
G30    REPLACEMENT STRAPS  with attached buckle. (black, black patina, tan, white)    6.50/per pair
G35    SHOE CEMENT  2 oz.    7.00,    25.00/per quart
TIWr223143    GROSGRAIN RIBBON  5/8" wide (other widths available). (25 colors)    14.00/ per 20 yards
Ask about shoe dyes and dying service.


Because all dancewear should conform to the wearer's shape, a properly designed theater dance shoe drawstring or draw-elastic sleeve should be self-closing, hiding the string knot. The advantage of drawlastics over drawstrings is the ellimination of the bulky bow knot while allowing neat contouring to the foot of the slipper upper edge with easy slipper removal and replacement onto the foot. With the slipper on the feet, the following sequence is recommended.
    1. Pull the string ends outward across the arch (never upward, which risks tearing sleeve stitches from the slipper) to the desired contour and tension.
    2. Overhand the string ends then rotate the overhand knot 90º. The knot should disappear as the sleeve notch closes over it. If not, rotate in the opposite direction. Tie a bow knot then stand and releve, tendu, etc. to confirm comfort and shaping. Adjust and test until satisfied.
    (3.) (This is an optional step using a temporary knot, unnecessary for users familiar with the tension they desire.) Tie a bow knot, remove the slipper, fold the knot string  inside the slipper vamp (like a drawstring), and use the slipper until tension satisfaction is certain. If there is irritation (usually on the Achilles tendon) or undesireable gapping; untie, retension, and use until satisfied.
    4. Untie the bow, rotate the overhand knot to free it, reverse the overlap with a second overhand knot, thus completing a square knot.
NOTE: Be certain that tension and knot design are correct. Properly done, this will be a permanent knot, very difficult to adjust; incorrectly tied, the knot may come undone and the elastic will disappear into the sleeve. Tighten square knot and rotate into sleeve notch.
    5. Overhand each elastic end about 1½" above the square knot, tighten the overhand knots, then cut off the excess elastic above these overhands. The resulting elastic "pigtails" are easily and comfortably obscured under the slipper vamp while the end knots prevent any fraying elastic coating from reaching and loosening the square knot.


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This file was partially updated 3/16/16.