recommended dance shoes
For Sean-nós and Old-style Step Dancing:
I recommend a comfortable and supportive shoe with a smooth hard sole. Taps and fiber-glass sole are not necessary. For a louder sound on any shoe, ask your cobbler to add a layer of “neolite” or “vibram” hard rubber soles. The cobbler I use is Jimmy, at Jimmy’s Shoes in Central Square, Cambridge.
Or try these styles:
For Traditional Irish Step Dancing:
Fays Shoes in New York: For hard shoe orders, call them directly and ask to have the toe pieces shaved 1/3-inch lower than the normal height.
Teddy’s Shoes in Cambridge.