SHOES

There are two types of Irish Dance shoes - soft shoes and hard shoes.  For a student’s very first Irish Dance classes, they should wear jazz/ballet slippers.  Dancers are not permitted to be in socks or barefoot during class.  Street shoes are also not permitted on our Marley floor surface.  Dancers may wear Dance Sneakers for certain classes (such as Celtic Fit) should they choose to.​

 

 

SOFT SHOES

New dancers should order SOFT SHOES within the first month of starting Irish Dance classes.  

 

For beginner female students, please order “ghillies” (Irish soft shoes) at this link to our recommended supplier:  https://www.shop.celticchoice.com/Antonio-Pacelli-Gazelle-Gazelle.htm

 

Here is an additional style considered most ideal for advanced level dancers, however beginners are welcome to order them as well:

 https://www.shop.celticchoice.com/Celtic-Choice-Celtic-Choice.htm
 

For help with sizing, we recommend reaching out to the Fays Shoes team and they may be able to assist by having you send a diagram of your foot:  

 

http://www.fayshoes.com/sizing.html

 

For beginner male students, please order black Jazz shoes of any style (with laces). Male dancers will eventually wear male-specific soft shoes with heels at this link (teacher will advise as to when these shoes should be ordered):

 

https://www.shop.celticchoice.com/Boys-Reel-Shoes-Boys.htm

 

 

HARD SHOES
Once the basics have been mastered, the instructor will advise as to when to order HARD SHOES.  At District Academy we usually begin hard shoes in Green level.  

 

 

Here are the links to the most popular Irish dance hard shoe brands, both of which are suitable for beginner hard shoe dancers:

https://www.fays-shoes.com/product/ultra-flexi-black-suede/

https://www.rutherfordshoes.com/store/super-flexi-black-suede-sole

There is also an alternative beginner hard-shoe on the Rutherford website called “Inishfree”:

https://www.rutherfordshoes.com/store/inishfree

 

SOCKS:

All female dancers should wear “Poodle Socks” which are a special type of sock worn with all Irish Dance shoes (and can be worn with beginners who are wearing ballet slippers).  We sell poodle socks in a variety of sizes at the DIDA studio for $12.  You can purchase poodle socks and pick them up at the studio here.

SHOE EXCHANGE:
We have an Academy shoe exchange at the studio where you can purchase someone's pre-owned shoes for a discounted price.  While we can't promise we will have your size available, this is an excellent option to check out.  E-mail us to learn more.

TAP SHOES:
For our Intro to Tap class, no previous tap experience is required. Students will eventually require beginner-style tap shoes (please see this recommended style to order:  https://www.capezio.com/jr-tyette-child) but can wear Irish hard shoes or soft shoes/ballet shoes until students are comfortable within the class.