Shoes

The Movin’ Easy shoe collection is selected by our highly trained Dancewear Specialists to serve all ages from toddler to adult, for men, women, and children. Each shoe must pass the Movin’ Easy test for durability, fit, and comfort.

Question: How does a fitting at Movin’ Easy save you money?

Answer: For growing children, a properly fitted shoe can last longer and save you from buying multiple pairs during the year. Movin’ Easy takes the time to make sure the child has enough growing room and still has a secure, comfortable fit.

For adults, the perfect style and fit is a must for comfort and doing your best on the dance floor. A Dancewear Specialist will help you choose from several price ranges and a huge selection of styles.

Ballet Shoes

The Movin’ Easy ballet shoe collection includes full sole and split sole leather or canvas ballet shoes for beginners through professional. Sizes and widths are designed to fit women, men, and children. Colors offered are pink, black, and white.

Brands available are Bloch, So Danca, and Sansha.

Question: What is a real ballet shoe?

Answer: A real ballet shoe is essential to learn and practice jumps, turns, and difficult positions. Even a tiny ballerina in her first class needs a real ballet shoe.

Every dancer needs the security of a dance shoe that hugs the foot, and the stability of a suede sole for quick and safe movement.

Question: What is the difference between leather and canvas ballet shoes?

Answer: The main difference between leather and canvas ballet shoes is the overall fit. A leather shoe stretches more than a canvas shoe which means canvas can be more snug fitting to start with. A canvas shoe is nice for wider feet as it fits more relaxed.

Ballroom Shoes

The Movin’ Easy collection of ballroom shoes provides comfort and a secure fit for any style and level of dancer. Men, women, and children will find the largest selection of in stock ballroom shoes in Central Texas.

Custom shoes are also available to order. Variations abound with different ankle straps, mixtures of fabric and mesh with any color and heel height.

Fittings are available seven days a week by our highly trained Specialists. Whether taking classes, going out social dancing, or competing, our Specialists will find the right shoe style with the most comfortable heel height and design for you.

Brands available are Bloch, Elegance, Coast, Aris Allen, Soul Dancer, So Danca, and Angelo Luzio.

Question: Why do you need a dance shoe for social and ballroom dancing?

Answer: A dancing shoe is designed to protect the feet, ankles, and knees by moving smoothly on the floor and fitting securely around the foot. It is:

  • Lightweight, sleek, and balanced for quick and easy movement in any direction.
  • Equipped with suede soles for the ideal traction on a dance floor designed for smooth turns and controlled movement.
  • Supportive, comfortable, and reinforced to minimize foot fatigue and to hold the foot securely during the most difficult as well as simple moves.

Character Shoes

The Movin’ Easy collection of character shoes with hard leather or suede soles are unparalleled in comfort and durability. Choose from any heel height in colors black or tan.

Brands available are So Danca, Bloch, and Coast.

Jazz Shoes

The Movin’ Easy jazz shoe collection includes lace-up and slip-on styles in black and tan. Also available are lyrical foot thongs, paws, and Jazz Sneakers with either a high or low profile sole. 

Brands available are Bloch, So Danca, Sansha, and Motionwear.

Pointe Shoes

Movin’ Easy is known for the largest selection of pointe shoes in Central Texas and for highly trained Specialists who can spend the time to make sure you get the right fit. Appointments available seven days a week during regular hours or by special arrangement for a group fitting.

Over 15 styles are available from Freed, Grishko, Mirella, Russian Pointe, Chacott, Bloch, and Sansha.

Make an appointment for a pointe fitting.

Pointe fittings require an appointment to ensure we have time to give our full attention for the best fit possible.

To set an appointment with one of our Dancewear Specialists, please call 512-474-0980 or email us.

What you need to know about buying pointe shoes.

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST PAIR of pointe shoes, OR IF YOU"VE CHANGED to another style shoe, please have your teacher approve the fit BEFORE sewing on ribbons or wearing them. We're able to help with exchanges, but only if ribbons haven't been attached and the shoes haven't been worn.

POINTE SHOES ARE FITTED SNUGLY AND SHOULD NOT BE BOUGHT "TO GROW INTO." Shoes that are too large make it impossible to achieve proper support and balance. When trying on shoes, the toenails should be trimmed closely and tights of the thickness ordinarily worn should be used.

PREPARATION OF THE SHOES FOR WEARING--that is, just where and how the ribbons are sewn on, if elastic is attached to the heel, how much the box and sole are softened before the shoe is worn, is highly individual. It's a good idea to check with your teacher to see whether she has any special instructions.

SEWING RIBBONS. You'll need approx. 2 1/2 yards of 7/8 wide ribbon. To place, fold the entire satin portion of the heel forward. In front of the angle formed, and just below the binding and drawstring, stitch the ribbon (one fourth of the 2 1/2 length). You may want to check the angle before actually sewing, as the ribbon should lie flat when your foot is arched, and this varies slightly with each dancer. Place elastic near the heel and behind the ribbons.

TYING RIBBONS. Cross the ribbons at the instep and wind snugly and flat around the ankle. Tie in a small double knot just behind the anklebone, and tuck ends securely under the ribbon. DO NOT KNOT AT THE Achilles TENDON.

TYING THE DRAWSTRING. Adjust the drawstring until it feels snug. For the first few wearings, tie the ends in a small bow and tuck inside the shoe. After this, you'll have found the right spot and tie a double knot, trim the ends and tuck them inside.

CARE OF POINTE SHOES. Since shoes are damp after each wearing, they should be allowed to dry them in an open area. You don't want to put damp pointe shoes inside your dance bag. Hang them on the outside so they can dry in an open area. It takes about three days for the boxes to completely reharden. After drying, collapse the heel, fold one side over the other, and wind the ribbons flat around the heel.

Frequently asked questions about pointe shoes

Q. At what age should a student start pointe class?
A. 12 is a standard age to start pointe class. Putting too young of children in pointe shoes can be very dangerous to growth plates, and can lead to serious injury.

Q. How long does a pointe-fitting take?
A. Usually a pointe fitting can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. The more inexperienced the dancer, the longer the fitting so a Dancewear Specialist can be very thorough to ensure a proper fit. An appointment is always recommended for a pointe fitting.

Q. Is it OK to buy pointe shoes with growing room?
A. Fitting with growing room is not recommended for safety purposes. Pointe shoes that are too big can lead to serious injury.

Q. Is there a right and left shoe?
A. Not initially. The student decides which feet they go on, and then mark the ribbons and elastic as left and right. The shoes will mold to the dancers feet with wear. 

Q. What if one foot is longer than the other?
A. If there is a drastic difference in foot sizes then two pairs of shoes are necessary. Because there is no right or left in the shoes, the student gets two usable pairs of shoes. 

Q. What if my second toe is longer than my first toe?
A. The best fix for a longer second toe is adding a special big toe gel pad. This pad is placed over the big toe extending it to be the same length as the second toe. If this does not work, wrap loose lambs wool around the big toe for added comfort.

Q. Why do some dancers crisscross their elastic?
A. The crisscross elastic gives a little more ankle support. Dancers with over developed arches or ankle strength need more support in the shoes so as not to over extend on the platform of the pointe shoe. Also, crisscross elastic helps hold the shank of the shoe straight if there is slight twisting.

Q. What does “three-quartered” mean?
A. “Three quartered” is in reference to the shank of the pointe shoe. It means the shank only goes ¾ of the way up the shoe. 

Q. Do I need a “three-quartered” shank?
A. A ¾ shank is usually intended for a dancer that has a less developed arch or ankle strength. The shorter shank helps the dancer achieve a full upright position on the platform of the pointe shoe. Another common case of getting a ¾ shank is for performance reasons. Because the shank is shorter, it takes less time to break in and gives that “broken in” look right away.

Q. Why do I need padding?
A. Padding is a personal decision made by the student after listening to her teachers recommendations. Padding helps cushion the toes while inside a pointe shoe. 

Q. What is the best padding for me?
A. After listening to teacher recommendations, try out different padding to see which is right for you. Lambs wool has been around the longest but wears out quickly, and gel pads are more expensive but don’t need to be replaced as often.

Q. When should I buy new pointe shoes?
A. It’s time to get a new pair of shoes when the dancer does not feel supported while en pointe. The shoes will be visibly worn out as well, for example, the shanks become very flexible and the boxes very soft. 

Q. Why does the box and platform get soft?
A. Pointe shoes are essentially made out of glue. With wear, the glue breaks down leaving the boxes and platforms soft. 

Q. What do I do if my pointe shoes are very wet after class?
A. With wear, students feet sweat, wetting the pointe shoes. After class, take all padding out of the shoe and put the shoes in a mesh bag carried outside of a big dance bag. Pointe shoes require 48 hours to dry completely.

Q. Should I dance in my old pointe shoes?
A. Dancing in old pointe shoes can lead to serious injury because of lack of support in the shoe. But don’t throw them away, you can decorate them and hang them up in your room! 

Q. Where is the correct place to tie the ribbon knot?
A. The knot should be tied on the inside of the foot just between the anklebone and achilles tendon. Tying the knot on the anklebone can result in bruising. 

Q. What is rosin for?
A. Rosin is hardened tree sap and used on dance shoes if the floor is slippery.

Q. Will pointe work always be hard and uncomfortable?
A. As the dancer gets more experienced pointe work will become easier. Once proper alignment is achieved, dancers become lighter on their feet and pressure on their toes is relieved. 

Q. Do men do pointe?
A. Typically men do not do pointe work. Under certain circumstances, men use pointe shoes for strengthening ankles and arches.

Tap Shoes

The Movin’ Easy tap collection includes girl’s tap shoes with a cupped heel for a great fit and an economy oxford for boys. Adult tap shoes range from beginner to superior quality professional shoes at reasonable prices.

Brands available are Dancing Fair, Bloch, So Danca, and Signature.

Question: What tap shoe do I need?

Answer:

  • Youth Beginners need a shoe that hugs the ankle and still has enough toe room for growing. Movin’ Easy has styles available for boys and girls in narrow, medium, and wide widths.
  • Adolescent beginners or intermediate tappers learn faster in a lace up oxford that has a lower heel and quality taps. Movin’ Easy has a style to fit any budget.
  • Intermediate and advanced tappers prefer the lined leather oxfords designed for toe stands with a higher heel, built up sole, and quality sounding taps. Student and Professional models are available at Movin’ Easy.