Fit: These shoes fit great. Step One Dance Shoes is SUPER helpful when ordering custom shoes, so if you have any questions about fit (as I did) don’t be shy to ask. I would have ordered the wrong size if I hadn’t chatted via email with a representative. I normally wear a size 7.5 and got these in an 8 and they fit snugly.
Ok, there are a few disclaimers with this review. First, I’m not sure that the shoe is technically vegan. For instance, I’m not sure if they use vegan glues and what not. However, the shoes are definitely vegetarian friendly. A rubber sole has replaced the traditional suede sole. Second, I’m not an expert ballroom dancer. I took ballroom dance lessons in order to be able to dance with my dad at my wedding last May. Third, I’ve never worn the real ballroom dance shoe with the suede sole so I have no idea how they compare.
Phew. Disclaimers aside, if you enjoy ballroom dancing these shoes are terrific! Compared to my regular heels they make gliding around the dance floor so much easier, they are super comfortable, and they look great. If you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative to ballroom or latin dance I would highly suggest checking out these guys http://www.steponedanceshoes.com/. They have lots of styles available. The FAQ section of their website explains how to order these animal friendly beauties. You can even customize them with a little bit of glitter and get a sparkly buckle (totally worth the $5!). One thing to keep in mind if you are planning on ordering: they don’t have any shoes with the rubber sole in stock, it is a custom order. Because of that it takes 4-5 weeks for the shoes to arrive so it’s best to plan ahead.