Tap dancing is a great way for kids to get exercise and gain confidence from a young age. It’s imperative little ones have a good pair of shoes that are comfortable and encourage balance — otherwise, they could end up complaining about pinching or rubbing. They come in a variety of styles, but each should be made with soft materials and feature an anti-skid pad to prevent slippage. Even better if they feature extra padding at the heel to absorb shock while dancing. With this in mind, we did some research and compiled a few of the best tap shoes for boys on the market.
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1. Capezio Tic Tap Toe Shoe
These classic lace-up shoes with Tele Tone toe and heel taps have a soft PU leather upper and shock-absorbing padded heel.
Pros: They come in black and caramel. A cushioned foam footbed and Achilles heel notch enhance comfort. A brushed microfiber lining absorbs moisture. The soles feature non-skid rubber patches to prevent slipping. They’re offered in wide-width sizes for toddlers and little kids.
Cons: They run a bit narrow.
2. Theatricals Tap Shoes
These PU leather slip-ons exclude laces so kids can get moving faster and stay stable on their feet. They also feature a neoprene arch insert, making them great for children with high arches.
Pros: They also have molded taps with a sturdy soundboard and an anti-skid rubber patch. These come in black and tan as well and can fit a range of foot widths.
Cons: They may run slightly small.
3. Capezio Fluid Tap Shoe
This pair comes with a pliable suede outsole and lightweight Texon board shank to promote flexibility and control with every move.
Pros: These also have a soft PU leather upper, a moisture-absorbent microfiber lining and a padded insole. They feature Tele Tone heel and toe taps mounted on a resonant fiberboard for a deeper, clearer sound. Folded edges, a padded collar and an Achilles notch boost comfort. These are offered in toddler and little kid sizes and wide width sizes. They also come in black and tan.
Cons: These may run a somewhat big.