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emeralddancer
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« on: April 13, 2009, 12:31:05 AM »

Currently I have the Supadance 1008. I really really dislike them.

Any other suggestions of court shoes outside of Supadance?

Also what is the difference REALLY between court shoes for International Style and American Style?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009, 05:23:48 AM »

shoes are their own nightmare - and how many of us don't have several pairs of brand new shoes that don't fit hiding in the closet?  Thats where the big comps are terrific - and OSB is the best of all (that I've seen).  the vendors are there so you can try on the different styles.  The best one?  Well it depends of course on your foot - in particular where your arch is and your width.  I have very wide ones and was wearing Internationals but now have actually switched to superdance. women with narrow feet often swear by Ray Rose - but there is a reason why there are so many kinds!
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 12:13:52 PM »

I wish I could offer a suggestion, but what I am wearing was deemed "good enough" for me right now, so I don't even know what would be good.

However, I do know that in Standard, my pro preferred me to wear a traditional court shoe with no straps.  I do have a pair of Smooth shoes with straps, but they are not as flexible as the more plain shoe.

Next comp, I would do as Elise suggested and try on a bunch of shoes.  I do, though, like the elastic around the edge of the court shoe I am currently wearing...I have narrow feet and I think the elastic prevents the shoe from slipping off.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2009, 12:17:48 PM »

From what I understand, classic court shoes are a plain pump.  Shoes used for Smooth have straps. 
I was told to stick with the court shoes as it is a more traditional look for Standard.  This didn't bother me, as soon as I found that my foot would stay in the shoe without needing a strap.
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009, 12:26:55 PM »

I've seen Standard dancers dance with strappy shoes, too.  But, I can't complain as the strapless shoes are more comfy than the strappy shoes.  Where did you get the shoes you are wearing?  If at a store, why don't you go and try some other types on?
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009, 10:29:59 PM »

Supa 1008 is my second favorite shoes, my #1 favorite is International Star strap (the one with a diagonal strap); dancesport UK site sell them, comes with medium, wide, extra wide and slim or flared heels.
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009, 02:18:50 AM »

i will go here http://www.worldtonedance.com/, i hope very soon.

i need an AT shoes and i new court one.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2009, 05:00:49 AM »

I was lucky to find a local supplier who could get a uk size length and a narrow width, did take seven weeks to arrive, but they fit like a glove very happy with it. I have an issues with buying on-line unless I can try them first I wont buy anymore, unless I have had the brand before.
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2009, 10:16:53 AM »

Supa 1008 is my second favorite shoes, my #1 favorite is International Star strap (the one with a diagonal strap); dancesport UK site sell them, comes with medium, wide, extra wide and slim or flared heels.

THANKS .... will ook into this. I also want a slim heel. do not like the contours at all!
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2009, 03:48:19 PM »

The biggest difference between Smooth shoes and Standard shoes is the flexibility--Smooth is much more modern and balletic than Standard, so you typically need a much more flexible shoe to execute the lines, tricks, poses, etc.  As previously mentioned, court shoes are your typical pump, with or without straps across the instep.  The sides of a court shoe are always completely closed.

Here's an example of a court shoe with a strap:


I'm sure you are all familiar with the strap-less court shoes.

Smooth shoes, on the other hand, are also closed-toed but have open sides to allow for a better point to the foot.  They don't provide as much support for the foot as court shoes, but in turn have a much greater range of motion.

Example:
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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2009, 09:32:36 PM »

We are due to go to a larger comp in a few months and I was going to try on a few different styles. I like a firmer toe area to give extra support, too soft in the front hurts my toes.
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009, 10:57:45 AM »

I like to FEEL the floor
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2009, 02:53:25 PM »

I like Internationals. They have several different models to choose from.
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2009, 08:11:34 PM »

I also like International, right now prefer Int'l more than supa.
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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2009, 09:52:33 PM »

Do you prefer a court shoes that has a firmer toe area? Or soft
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