Tap Dance

TAP Dance


In the pioneering years of tap dancing, tap shoes customarily had wooden soles; but,later on, most of the tap shoes were fashioned with leather soles. Now, it is common for manufacturers of tap shoes also to produce and fix taps. There are a variety of styles of footwear. Mary Jane (footwear) is standard for younger girls in tap classes with the Oxford shoe being ubiquitous in jazz dance

Makers of tap shoe include Bloch and Capezio


Metallic taps were affixed to tap shoes in 1910. Initially, wood was used to produce distinct tapping sounds. Castanets were commonly used for epic shows with lavish orchestration. Based on the manufacturer and pattern, tap characteristics can differ considerably. For instance, some taps have a comparatively small footprint and low weight. On the other hand, others may fill out the edge of the shoe more, making them more cumbersome as a result. A tap's "tone" is influenced by the weight of the shoe as well as the shape of its surface, which may be convex or concave. The material can also affect the tonal quality of a tap based on what it is made from to create a soundboard. The impact of these factors on the sound is still a debatable topic. Taps are fixed to the sole of the shoe with the help of screws and adhesive. The screws are pressed into a soundboard. A soundboard is a thin fiberboard that can be easily integrated into the sole and can be firmly "gripped" using bolts to assuredly attach the tap to the footwear. The adhesive plays a distinct role in producing a particular sound from the shoe. If no adhesive is used, the screws can be adjusted to get the desired tap sound. And, in a case where resin is used, then the tone of the tap is fixed for that pair of shoes. There are varieties of tap shoes with a vast price range for beginners to professionals. What most people fail to realize is the fact that tap shoes are unisex in sizing. Further considerations are given to how much space you want to leave for your toes, how snug or loose you like your shoe regarding its fit, and the height at which you want the back of the topline to be raised up. Knowing about different designs of tap shoes, and your preference for comfort will make the task of buying tap shoes a cake walk.

Shoe Anatomy

These are the different parts of a tap shoe and their functions in detail



The high heel at the back of the shoe can also be altered for sound and comfort. A plastic heel, found on most entry-level tap shoes, is reasonable but has a mediocre sound quality. A thick leather heel will produce a deep, rich tone. The higher the heel, the more uncomfortable it gets for the dancer.



The method of cutting the housing material, should be taken into account for function and style. The cut of the shoe is essential when considering the width and length of your foot. Pay heed to how the pattern is sewed together. More stitching can mean higher durability, while less sewing will mean more flexibility.

Toe Box

Toe Box

The toe box is pillar-shaped area that holds the toes and can be helpful for tap dancers that dance vigorously and have to perform on the tip of their toe. However, a strengthened toe also means less flexibility and compacted toes can be uncomfortable. In that case, a soft leather toe would be more beneficial.



The top edge of the sides and back of the shoe is called the top line. A lower top line
will allow fabulous ankle flexibility, while a higher top line will promote ankle suspension. To prevent painful chafing, the top line can be padded where it meets the skin or cut out in the back to give additional leeway to the tendons.

sole power

Sole Power

Tap shoes with a thicker sole further increase your options when selecting the perfect tap shoe. Outsole thickness can change a tap shoe’s weight, durability, and tone. The soles of the tap shoe are made of thick leather or plastic. The thickness can be increased by increasing the layer of the material used in the sole. To prevent repeated retightening, longer screws can be used to affix the taps.


Leather is the most versatile material that is used in the manufacturing of tap shoes. PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), PU (polyurethane), denim, fabric, and hemp are all suitable materials, but none can match the strength and durability of leather. Cowhide is used to make leather. However, kidskin is a cheaper and stronger alternative. There are two types of leather: soft and hard. Soft leather is comfortable but gets easily worn out. Hard leather may not be very comfortable at the start but does last for a more extended period. Patent leather is another type of leather with a plastic coating that creates a shiny coat and extra durability. The split in the texture of the leather gives a very fuzzy appearance. These shoes look good and perform well; it wouldn't bother you to pay a little extra. PVC and PU plastics are cheap, and an ideal option for beginner level tap shoes. They are an economical option for parents who have just enrolled their children in tap dance classes and whose kids have growing feet. However, the students and parents must be aware of the time when they should be thinking of upgrading their child’s footwear. As you progress in class, the technical demands will arise, and a delay in changing the shoe may cause severe aggravation or injury.


History of The Taps

The first metallic tap was discovered in the year 1930. A tap is the most recognizable trait of a tap shoe. Taps are usually made up of aluminum and many alloys like silicon and zinc. Aluminium can be easily manipulated, is lightweight and comparatively inexpensive.

For toddlers (girls), a Tyette tap shoe is the most commonly chosen style of shoe.


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TA35 by So Danca

This has the classic tie-tap which is a secure strap on elastic under ribbon making for the perfect fit. It can be worn with or without a band. Cushioned insole and human-made upper heel mean an excellent heel fit. The Tyette tap shoe is available in three colors

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The Junior Tyette by Capezio

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Please note that children's shoes are cut broader, and a size one child is equivalent to a size three adult.

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The Junior Tyette by Capezio

Oxford style Capezio K360 The Standard Oxford

The Oxford style shoe is the most common type of tap shoe. Oxford style shoes have leather housing and soleswith aluminum taps. Even though the assembly of the shoe sounds simple, there are several customizable options made from it. You get to select from different types of leather quality and exciting varieties of aluminum. An Oxford style shoe is a low top, leather shoe that is laced over the instep and has a small heel. The Oxford Style Shoe is a versatile pair and can be teamed up with casual and formal wear. Although most of the tap shoes tend to look similar, what makes them different is the attention to detail. The engineering is what gives the shoes its traits and attributes. A narrow foot may prefer the tight fit of SoDanca’s TA715 (the heart shoe), as compared to a wide foot that may be more comfortable in the roomy Bloch SO313M (the Sam shoe).

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TA04/TA05 by So Danca

The most cost-effective Oxford Tap shoe (which laces up like a sneaker) is a unisex for boys and girls is the TA04/TA05 by So Danca It is available in children's and adult sizing and has a human-made Upper (fake leather) and a leather sole. It retails for $35 and is excellent for recreational tap dancers or young kids.

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Consider also Bloch's leather upper and sole tap shoe with ¾" heel. Elastic fastens the buckle for a secured fit and for a resonating sound. The taps are screwed on the top. They feature a rubber pad on the metatarsal that will provide additional comfort while helping to prevent skidding. There are two variants --black and tan colors.

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Please note that children's shoes are cut broader, and a size one child is equivalent to a size three adult.

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Tap Shoes also come split sole which is suitable for advanced dancers. Our favorite is the Flex Master Tap by Capezio.

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This vintage So Danca character tap shoe features entirely cushioned insole and upper, leather sole, and a 1.5" heel. The shoe contains resonating boards on the toe and heel for ultimate sound and tone.

Available in both Black and Caramel, and Medium and Wide widths

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