Finding the Right Heavy Shoes for Irish Dancing
Finding the Right Heavy Shoes
Beginner/Intermediate Dancer – The Essential Jig Shoe
Made and designed by Antonio Pacelli, the Essential jig shoe is a fabulous jig shoe for beginners and intermediate-level dancers. The suede sole has been designed to be very flexible but still offers support to the foot. Ensuring beginner and intermediate dancers can point easily without compromise. The Leinster heel has also been designed so that it has a curved bubble on the inside, to make heel clicks a lot easier. The perfect shoe for a beginner or intermediate dancer, at a competitive price!
Prelim/Championship Dancer – Fays & Rutherford
When it comes to shoes for prelim and championship dancers, we feel there is no better option than Fay’s Ultra Flexis, Ultra Lights, Gavin by Fay’s or Ultra-lite Jig Shoes by Rutherfords.
Fay’s Ultra Light Jig Shoes
The Ultra Light range was launched in 2014. The Ultra Lights are the lightest of all Fay’s shoes, they are designed for dancers who struggle to break in heavies. The heel stiffeners have been reduced to avoid blisters and they are also made from more lightweight and flexible materials. Because of their flexibility, they are also an effective choice for dancers who find pointing or toe stands challenging. Ultra Lights also come with Hi-tech heels for that extra sharp sound. We recommend ordering the Ultra Lights a half size smaller than your regular shoe size for a tighter fitting.
Fay’s ultra-light Jig Shoes are the perfect choice for prelim or championship dancers who require light and flexible shoes.
Fay’s Ultra Flexi with Black Suede Sole
The Ultra Flexi range is also very suitable for experienced dancers. Whilst they are not as light or flexible as the Ultra Light range, we believe they are more durable. The Ultra Flexis are a great choice for dancers who are confident with pointing, toe stands, and breaking in shoes. If you feel your Fay’s Ultra Lights become too soft or ‘baggy’ over time these are also more suitable. High-density heels are also screwed onto the shoe for a terrific sharp sound and added strength.
The key features of Fay’s Ultra Flexis and Ultra Lights:
- The highest quality Irish Dancing shoe design is made entirely with 100% calf leather providing terrific flexibility and durability.
- Moulded click heels aid in easier heel clicks.
- Fays specially formulated Millenium Tip with many years of refinement and fine-tuning, providing an excellent sharp sound, very tough and durable.
- Flattened toe delivering extra support and balance during toe stands.
- Made with experience, worn by champions, and guaranteed to last.
Fay’s Ultra Flexi heavy shoes are an excellent choice for championship dancers requiring durable shoes.
Gavin by Fay’s
Newly designed by Gavin Doherty, the Gavin by Fay’s shoe is perfect for all ages and all levels of dancers, from beginners to world champion. It blends Fay’s world-renowned quality, durability, and craftsmanship, with a stylish new look, shape, and fit that has been developed with Gavin.
The key features of Gavin by Fay’s:
- The Gavin by Fay’s shoe is lower cut, so it looks neater and tighter without requiring tape.
- It hugs and shows off the arch of the foot.
- It’s easier to break in.
- It allows you to go on your blocks instantly.
- It’s hand-stitched so it’s durable yet flexible.
They are perfect for dancers who struggle to break in new shoes and go on block.
Rutherford’s Ultra-lite Jig Shoes
Constructed with an Ultra-Lite Black Suede Sole for Easy Flexibility and Super Soft Leather and fitted with the World Famous Rutherford SoundBlaster heels and tips this shoe is a great option for all dancers.
The key features of Rutherford’s Ultra-Light Jig Shoes:
- SoundBlaster Heels and tips
- Easy flexibility
- Super soft leather
- Easy to break-in
Rutherford’s Ultra-lite Jig Shoes are a fantastic option for dancers with wider feet that require flexible shoes.
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