Whether you’re young or old, tap dancing is an excellent way to pump up your heart rate to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And it all starts with the shoes. Tap shoes for women come in a variety of styles from slip-on to lace-up to Mary Janes, but all tap shoes should be made with superior comfort in mind. Some shoes are stiff, while others supply a better range of motion for different moves. To help you find the right pair, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best tap shoes on the market for women.
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1. Capezio Jr. Tyette Tap Shoe
Pliable tap shoes by Capezio, the gold standard in dance footwear, feature a foam-padded footbed, collar and Achilles notch for enhanced comfort and security.
Pros: They have a cute ribbon tie and a star print lining. Tele Tone heel and toe taps are mounted on fiberboard for durability and quality sound. They also have a moisture-absorbent brushed microfiber lining, a firm heel counter for added support and a rubber nonskid pad.
Cons: They may run a bit small. That said, keep in mind that they should not slip on the foot.
2. Bloch Dance Chloé and Maud Tap Shoe
This Bloch shoe has an eye-catching black-and-white leather upper with a removable heart-shaped charm featuring the names of dancing duo sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold.
Pros: Audio-engineered Bloch Mega taps provide a rich tone in the toe and a deep tone in the heel.
Cons: Some wearers may find the bottom somewhat stiff. They don’t have nonslip pads.
3. Bloch Dance TapFlex Leather Tap Shoe
This pair has a full leather split-sole that allows the shoe to bend in one direction and resist in another.
Pros: These feature Bloch’s shockwave taps, a leather stacked heel and a lining that wicks away moisture. A non-slip pro balance rubber pad next to the front toe tap provides a secure grip to prevent slipping and levels the sole for better balance.
Cons: They may run small.