Split sole tap shoes offer poor sound quality because of their construction. Full sole tap shoes provide better clarity and tonality, creating a stronger and louder sound.
Split sole tap shoes make it very easy to point one's toes while dancing, which is the opposite of the relaxed and neutral foot that is ideal for tap dancing.Split sole shoes do not properly support the foot, encouraging improper use and tightening of the ankle, increasing the risk of injury.
Capezio Mary Jane N625 - patent leatherCapezio Mary Jane 3800 - leatherCapezio Oxford 443 - PU synthetic leatherCapezio Oxford CG17 - PU synthetic leatherPlease note that wide feet tend to do better with an oxford style shoe.
Capezio CG17 can still be used, but keep in mind it is not real leather, and is a cross between full and split sole.Capezio Oxford CG19 - leatherCapezio Oxford CG09 – leather
Capezio Oxford CG19 - leatherPricing is available on the shoe company websites. If your dancer already owns tap shoes that do not fit this description, please talk to your instructor.Capezio Oxford CG09 – leatherBloch SO313L “Jason Samuel Smith” - leatherThis leather shoe is an amazing option for dancers who want a substantially stronger and richer sound from their tap shoes. This is a more affordable option for a professional grade tap shoe.Miller and Ben Triple Threat and Capezio K360 with build upThese tap shoes would be a suitable splurge for a very serious tapper who is going to continue to tap for years to come.