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Dance Shoe Sizing Guides – Useful Information

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How to do an Accurate Foot Tracing

Getting the correct size in jig shoes and pumps can be difficult, especially if you are moving between styles.

If you are unsure what size to purchase then measuring your foot can be a useful indicator of what size to go for.

Here are our top tips for creating an accurate measurement.

 

1. Place a clear piece of A4 paper up against a wall so that the edge of the paper touches the wall.

2. Put on the socks you normally wear when dancing and place your foot on the paper and put your heel up against the wall. (Double check that the paper is still touching the wall once you have put your foot on it just incase it has moved).

 

3. Once you are happy that both the paper and your heel are against the wall, relax your foot and toes and draw a line at the longest point of the foot (or ask a friend or family member to do this for you.)

4. Now take the paper and draw a straight line to the longest point and measure with a ruler.

5. This is the measurement you will need to work out what size to order.

Make sure to measure both your feet as they often have slightly different measurements – use the largest measurement when choosing your size!

Please note that while this method is a good way of assessing the correct size, we cannot guarantee that this method will deliver the correct size in 100% of cases. 

Click here to find out why using the sizing chart cannot guarantee the perfect fit.

We cannot accept liability for return postage in the event where this sizing method is used and the size is incorrect.

Getting the right size in a new style of pump can be a difficult and frustrating process, especially if you are trying a new style.

We want to make the process as easy as possible so please use this guide to help you get the correct size.

1. Measure the length of your foot

You can find a useful article on how to do this here.

2. Go to the product page on the website for the pump you are interested in and check the sizing tab (which is under the product photos).

3. Look for the closest measurement on the size chart to your foot measurement. It probably won’t match your size exactly but look for the closest ones. 

e.g. Your foot tracing is 217mm and you want to purchase the Hullachan 4 pumps.

 

The closest measurements are the size 2.5 which has a suggested foot length of 214mm and the size 3 which has a suggested foot length of 220mm.

If you have a wider foot or a high instep then we would suggest going for the 3 (or if your foot is very wide then we would go up to the size 3.5.). If you have a narrow foot, are an advanced dancer or like your pumps tight then go for the size 2.5.

4. Add the size to your basket and you are done! If you are unsure then consider getting both sizes to see which fits better and then return the other size to us.

 

Will this guarantee I get the right size?

 

While we really try to ensure you get the correct size we cannot guarantee the size you ordered will fit you. Here is why…

Unfortunately, the truth is the shape of a dancer’s foot is as unique as a fingerprint.

Yes, two dancers may have a foot length of 217mm but they may still require different sizes, even in the same pumps.

This is in part due to the other dimensions of the foot. One dancer may have a wide foot or a higher arch. The other may have flat feet or a high instep. One dancer may be wide around the balls of their feet but narrow at the heel, another dancer may have a bunion or another foot condition. Pumps or ghillies are different to normal shoes in that they wrap around the foot – they do not have a solid fixed sole like your favourite trainers or jig shoes. So all these other factors will affect the fitting of your pumps.

The second reason why two dancers with a foot length of 217mm may require different sizes is that they prefer a different type of fit.

One dancer may only dance socially or in dance class and hence prefers a comfortable fit from the first wear, another dancer may prefer to buy pumps which are extremely tight to begin with, knowing they will stretch out with a few wears because they dance intensively several times a week.

Without a visit to our Wembley store (where we can do a personal fitting!), we are unable to take account of all of these factors so while our sizing guide really does help 90% of dancers get the correct size, the sizing recommendations won’t be right for everyone.

If you have unusually shaped feet then we would recommend that you order a few pairs around the length you measured and then return any pairs you do not need once you have a fit you are happy with. This saves time and expense sending single pairs back and forth and will allow you to be confident in your choice. We would also recommend that you show your dance teacher your preferred fit before returning the unwanted pairs so they can give the pair you have selected the thumbs up.

Hullachan Boys Reel ProLite Sizing Guide

Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.

If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please see the foot measuring tab for useful tips and assistance.

This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner or for a smaller size if you are an open dancer.

The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the reel shoe. This style of shoe should be worn with no room at the toe of the shoe to allow for a good point when the foot is extended.

Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit. For more information on this guide and on fitting reel shoes correctly please see the general information tab.

How to Use

Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
For example, if you have a wide foot, a high instep or are a beginner then go for the size above your foot measurement. If you have a narrow foot or like your reel shoes very tight to begin with then go for the size below your measurement.

Hullachan ProLite

Size Range

Foot Measurement
(mm)

8.5 156
9 160
9.5 163
10 167
10.5 171
11 175
11.5 180
12 185
12.5 190
13 194
13.5 197
1 200
1.5 203
2 206
2.5 210
3 215
3.5 220
4 225
4.5 231
5 237
5.5 243
6 246
6.5 248
7 252
7.5 255
8 261
8.5 268
9 272
9.5 275
10 279
10.5 285
11 290
11.5  
12  
THIS SIZE GUIDE IS FOR A NEW PRODUCT AND MAY BE REVIEWED OR AMENDED AS A RESULT OF CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

Please Note – Every dancer prefers their shoes to fit in a certain way. Some like them extra tight, others with a little room. Combine this with the fact that everyone’s feet are unique in terms of width, length, arch type and height and you can see why reel shoe fitting can be difficult. Hence we only offer this sizing chart as a guide rather than a guaranteed fit.

Capezio Boys Reel Sizing Guide

Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.

If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please see the foot measuring tab for useful tips and assistance.

This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner or for a smaller size if you are an open dancer.

The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the reel shoe. This style of shoe should be worn with no room at the toe of the shoe to allow for a good point when the foot is extended.

Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit. For more information on this guide and on fitting reel shoes correctly please see the general information tab.

How to Use

Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
For example, if you have a wide foot, a high instep or are a beginner then go for the size above your foot measurement. If you have a narrow foot or like your reel shoes very tight to begin with then go for the size below your measurement. You can find some examples here.

Capezio Boys
Reel
Small Size Range

Foot Measurement
(mm)

10 178
10.5 182
11 185
11.5 190
12 195
12.5 198
13 203
13.5 207

 

Capezio Boys
Reel
Mid Size Range

Foot Measurement
(mm)

1 203
1.5 207
2 211
2.5 215
3 219
3.5 225
4 228
4.5 232
5 236
5.5 240
6 244
6.5 248
7 253
7.5 258
8 262
8.5 266
9 270
9.5 273
10 276
10.5 280
11 282
11.5 286
12 290

*Please note there is an overlap in measurements in children’s 13 (203mm) and 13.5 (207mm) and the mid-size range 1 (203mm) and 1.5 (207mm) – yes we appreciate it is confusing!

So if you are currently a size 13.5 (207mm) and need the next size up please order size 2 (211mm) which would be the next measurement up. Likewise, if you are a size 1 (203mm) and the shoe is too large then please order a size 12.5 (198mm) which would be the next length measurement down. The reason for this overlap is due to the shoes originally being sized in US sizes and converting to UK sizing (Capezio sizing is a little strange, unfortunately).

Please Note – Every dancer prefers their shoes to fit in a certain way. Some like them extra tight, others with a little room. Combine this with the fact that everyone’s feet are unique in terms of width, length, arch type and height and you can see why reel shoe fitting can be difficult. Hence we only offer this sizing chart as a guide rather than a guaranteed fit.

Aoife Sizing Guide

Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.

If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please see the foot measuring tab for useful tips and assistance.

This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner or for a smaller size if you are an open dancer.

The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the pump as your toes should be slightly curled when first worn.

Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit. For more information on this guide and on fitting reel shoes correctly please see the general information tab.

How to Use

Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
For example, if you have a wide foot, a high instep or are a beginner then go for the size above your foot measurement. If you have a narrow foot or like your pumps very tight to begin with then go for the size below your measurement. You can find some examples here.

Aoife Size

Foot Measurement
(mm)

8 155
8.5 159
9 166
9.5 169
10 173
10.5 176
11 188
11.5 192
12 195
12.5 199
13 203
13.5 208
1 211
1.5 214
2 222
2.5 225
3 231
3.5 235
4 238
4.5 241
5 248
5.5 250
6 254
6.5 257
7 265

 

Please Note – Every dancer prefers their pumps to fit in a certain way. Some like them extra tight, others with a little room. Combine this with the fact that everyone’s feet are unique in terms of width, length, arch type and height and you can see why pump fitting can be difficult. Hence we only offer this sizing chart as a guide rather than a guaranteed fit.

Essential Jig Shoe

Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.

If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please see the foot measuring tab for useful tips and assistance.

This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner.

The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the jig shoe.

Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit.

To use: Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
If you have a wide foot, then go for the same size but choose the wide fit option. If your foot is extra wide or you prefer a comfort fit then choose the wide fitting and go up half a size. For more information on this guide and on fitting reel shoes correctly please see the general information tab.

Essential JigSize

Foot Measurement
(mm)

9 165
9.5 170
10 174
10.5 177
11 180
11.5 185
12 190
12.5 195
13 200
13.5 203
1 207
1.5 210
2 215
2.5 218
3 222
3.5 225
4 230
4.5 235
5 240
5.5 244
6 247
6.5 250
7 254
7.5 259
8 263
8.5 267
9 273
9.5 276
10 280
10.5 283

We are currently in the process of creating this size chart with some size advice still to be confirmed (TBC). We will update the sizing chart as soon as this information is finalised.

Fays Jig Shoe Sizing Guide

Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.

If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please see the foot measuring tab for useful tips and assistance.

This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner.

The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the jig shoe.

Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit.

To use: Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
If you have a wide foot then go up half a size. For more information on this guide and on fitting reel shoes correctly please see the general information tab.

Fays Jig Shoe
Size

Foot Measurement
(mm)

12 190
12.5 194
13 200
13.5 205
1 208
1.5 211
2 214
2.5 220
3 224
3.5 228
4 233
4.5 236
5 240
5.5 245
6 250
6.5 255
7 258
7.5 262
8 266
8.5 270
9 275

Essential Pump Sizing Guide

Essential Pump Sizing Guide

Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.

If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please see the Foot Measuring Tab for useful tips and assistance.

This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner or for a smaller size if you are an open dancer.

The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the pump as your toes should be slightly curled when first worn.

Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit. For more information on this guide and on fitting pumps correctly then please see the How to measure you’r foot tab.

To use: Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
For example, if you have a wide foot, a high instep or are a beginner then go for the size above your foot measurement. If you have a narrow foot or like your pumps very tight to begin with then go for the size below your measurement.

Essential Pump Size

Foot Measurement
(mm)

5 131
6 139
7 142
8 155
8.5 162
9 165
9.5 168
10 171
10.5 175
11 179
11.5 182
12 188
12.5 194
13 196
13.5 204
1 210
1.5 215
2 220
2.5 223
3 226
3.5 233
4 237
4.5 240
5 243
5.5 246
6 249
6.5 251
7 255
8 265
9 275

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