I'm buying a second pair to back-up the pair I bought for my dancer granddaughter more than 2 years ago. She says they're not only the most comfortable tap shoes she's ever had (better than the shoes with sole that's not split), but that when she started wearing them to class and to perform, her dance teacher said her dancing improved tremendously. Her teacher says it's talent, but Shiloh is sure it's the shoes. She's just about worn out her first pair, and I'm getting her these for Christmas so she'll have performance-quality shoes ready when she needs them again. Awesome shoes! Soft leather, heel padding eliminates blisters that she got with the old hard-leather shoes. I highly recommend these.