Tap Shoes (shoes that have a metal “tap plates” on the heel and toe) striking the floor as a form of percussion. When buying tap shoes, it’s important to consider the level of tap techniques, how they sound as well as how they look and fit. Tap shoes are our musical instrument. We would want to be in best control over our tap shoes and not the other way round.
For beginners & entry level, it is advisable to use the Oxford (full sole) as it gives a good grab, stability during dance, light & easy to handle.
For those who are advancing into higher levels, get a custom made build up shoes for better sound quality, control & design. You will realized the techniques you had gained over the years are upgraded miraculously.
Oxford (Full Sole)
(1) Best fitted (shoe lace) & stable;
(2) Hard soles provides good sound clarity.
(2) Best for developing good techniques during learning stage.
(3) Easy for control, toe stands & easier to ensure heels are lifted from the floor during dance when it is not required.
(4) This is the type that is usually made into professional build-up & modified tap shoes.
(1) Designs are generally masculine & less fancy.
Oxford (Split Sole)
(1) Similar to Oxford, they comes with shoe lace to give good grab to the feet.
(2) Shoes is generally lighter as it does not comes with hard sole and sole backbone.
(1) Requires good & strong control over the engagement of the calf muscle, along with various other muscles in the foot and shin to stabilize the joint while tiptoe-ing or standing on the ball of the foot.
(1) Cute & feminine Design. Loves by all girls that wanna dress up like Shirley Temple in the movie “The Little Colonel”
(2) Light sounds.
(3) Good for performing soft shoes routine
(1) Less grip than Oxford shoes as it relies on only one strap to hold the shoes to the feet. Not durable for day-to-day practices and tap classes.
(2) Thin toe taps that may not be easy to give clear accent when doing toe drops and difficult for toe stands.
(1) Very feminine design.
(2) Provides high pitch heel drop sounds.
(3) Good visual, impressive, fashionable & style to be used for performances.
(1) Requires great techniques & skills in order to handle it.
(1) Comfortable like a sports shoes & with cushion.
(2) Good to wear for long hours standing
(1) Thick sole and may caused less sensitive to feel the taps.
(2) Tap sounds is slightly on a higher pitch due to the rubber sole.
(3) Cushion & rubber soles tends to absorb body motions & steps connection causing delays in response movements & reflexes.
Directory for Tap Shoes Dealers
(1) Bloch Australia
(2) Capezio K360 Build-Up Tap Shoes (Tokyo)
Tel: +11813-3367-8021 /8022 /8023
(3) Dancenap Production Sdn Bhd
Address: 9934, Lorong Awan Jawa, Taman Yarl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6012-369 0277
(5) Capezio Australia
(6) First Step Dance Sdn Bhd
Address: 19-2, Jalan Prima Setapak 5, Off Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-4053 8070 / +6012-372 0553 / +6017-500 5538
(7) Ruben Sanchez Build-Up Tap Shoes (Taiwan)
Tel: +886 911 066 075
(9) So Danca (Malaysia)
Tel: +6012-337 7333 (Pixie Ng)
(10) Sonata Dancewear
Address: E 205, Jalan PJU 8/8, Bandar Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, 47820 Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-7710 0618