Ballroom Dance > Ray Rose Shoe Question

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Beccajelly, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    What exactly is the 'ultra flex' shoe that Ray Rose is advertising? Is it a shoe with a thinner, more flexible sole? In that case it sounds like minimal padding, maximum impact, painful feet, tho I suppose a better feel for the floor?
  2. Miss Silly

    Miss Silly Well-Known Member

    It doesn't seem much thinner to me, just more flexible. When they stopped making the 'regular' kalahari and i had to go to the ultra flex, i didn't like it at first. Probably because my feet weren't quite strong enough, since at that point i had only just graduated from a super sturdy Dance Naturals shoe that had very little ability to create a point LOL. I felt like a wobbly newborn bambi in the ultra flex. But now that my feet are a lot stronger, i love them. I don't feel that they dont' have enough padding, but i did have to work harder/adapt to balance myself and build that foot strength/control.
  3. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. I was wearing supadance and internationals but now I'm back to Ray Rose. I like the Gobi (?) shoe, but haven't tried the ultraflex. I like a shoe to be stable and supportive for now!
  4. cabbagefairy

    cabbagefairy New Member

    I'm hoping someone can give me some advice, I've recently bought Ray Rose Drizzle shoes but when I point my toes there is way to much shoe at the end. I got them fitted in a store but have worked out from this thread that I probably need to go down a whole size still (I'm a street shoe size 7 and the latin shoes are a 5).
    I'm wondering if that will fix my problem or if I need to try a different shoe with a different shaped toe? Any one had this problem with the drizzle?
  5. smidra86

    smidra86 Active Member

    With the british sizes, I tend to go down 2.5 sizes rather than just 2. I wear a 6.5 street and always buy a 4 in all my ballroom shoes. Makes them fit the best.

    NURDRMS Well-Known Member

    And I tend to go down three whole sizes, from a US 7 to British 4. works best for me.
  7. cabbagefairy

    cabbagefairy New Member

    I've just order the size 4 so fingers crossed they are better.
  8. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    I also go down 3 sizes. However, even with that, the front of the shoe is a bit longer then I would prefer. Some people actually go to a cobbler and have some of the front of the shoe cut off.

    I deal with it by controlling my foot and shoe and how they brush the floor. After a while you get used to controlling the foot/shoe so that the over hang of the shoe consistently stays between your foot and the floor as you pass the foot on a high toe.

    Good luck to you cabbagefairy!
  9. TinyDancer109

    TinyDancer109 Well-Known Member

    I wear a US 7 and I buy my RR's in 3.5 UK. I would also go with a square toe if you have short toes like I do. :)
  10. kurisutina

    kurisutina New Member

    Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

    I recently purchased the Ray Rose Blizzard sneakers--they're beautiful and exactly what I wanted from practice shoes, but I noticed that my toes are a bit squished together in the front. Does anyone know if they'll stretch at all? Otherwise, I may just bite the bullet and pay for shipping to exchange them for a half size bigger. I've never exchanged shoes ordered from the UK before--has anyone had good experience with Dance-Shop?

    Thanks in advance!
  11. Dancer4Life2

    Dancer4Life2 New Member

    Hi! Happy Thanksgiving!
    I never bought from Dance-Shop. I am used to buy from and they are great. They exchange everything, no question. They don't sell RR shoes yet but after emailing them they told me that they will in 2014!
    Thanks for the great advices!
  12. kurisutina

    kurisutina New Member

    **by Blizzard I totally meant the Breezes, duh
  13. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    I assume you mean the Breeze practice shoes with cuban heels (not sneakers)? As for stretching, I have the suede model, and the stretch a bit. I guess it will depend how squashed your toes are. In the practice shoes I normally wear a 1/2 size up from my size in RR heels.

    And a happy Thanksgiving to you also!
  14. smidra86

    smidra86 Active Member

    I have the suede ones. They've stretched a bit but I also wear them everyday for about 9 hours for teaching. For ray rose I always get a size 4 which is 2.5 sizes smaller than my normal shoe size.
  15. kurisutina

    kurisutina New Member

    Thanks everyone! I haven't heard back from Dance-Shop yet, so I might just try to stretch them with socks. They mostly feel tight when I attempt to "spread my toes" for latin. With a little more give I think they would fit just right.
  16. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    I love dance-shop- I find they carry ray rose for cheaper than other places. Never had to deal with a return from them, though.
  17. Ailuene

    Ailuene Active Member

    Has anyone tried 2" Ray Rose Latins? In particular, the Kalahari? Found a pair on sale and I'm wondering if I should take advantage of it or if it would be a bad idea. I currently wear 2.5" Stephanie brand Latins that I'm really wanting to replace.
  18. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about RR standard and smooth shoes. I think it's sorta weird that they come in flared heels and not slimmer ones...any thoughts/personal experience with them? I currently use Supadance 1004 (diagonal strap, pointed toe) with 2.5" heels for both smooth and standard and like them a lot. In particular, I'm interested in the Sirocco and Nevada smooth shoes. I currently have Sunrise (I think) Latin heels that work well with my feet, which have been discontinued, but when I tried on Blizzards and Drizzles they seemed compatible as well.
  19. legato

    legato Active Member

    I wear RR in latin, just love them, and find that the sizing in the latin styles feels very consistent to me - I can comfortably wear several of the latin styles. The Sirocco didn't work for me though, the shaping of the toe box didn't fit my foot, and I didn't like the material they lined the box with, it seemed to stick to my hose or foot... Most comps have RR vendors, always best if you try out the styles you like! RR also has a newer pro-sport line, don't know if you saw the Mirage style - it looks great, has an elastic gusset on the side to allow flex, and it comes with a 2.5" slim heel option. I definitely want to check it out...smooth shoes have been the hardest for me to find a fit, I'm always looking.
  20. Sania

    Sania Well-Known Member

    Ray Rose vs. Aida

    (considered starting a new thread but decided to stay with this one)

    I wear Ray Rose Kalahari and love the fit and feel - HOWEVER - I am finding that a pair only lasts three months before they stretch out and no longer support my feet.

    - I've tried the wash and dry in the dryer technique - only helps for a day or so
    - I wear 2.5" flare heels
    - I dance latin 3 to 5 hours per week


    1. Has anyone tried both RR and Aida for latin?

    2. Is Aida more or less durable, or about the same?

    3. The worldtone sales person said Aida was more cushioned - this might be a problem, as I like to be able to feel the floor.

    4. Any thoughts on fit comparison?

    I would gladly pay an extra $50 if I could get another month's wear out of the shoes!

    And - trying on in the store or at a comp is not an option as I am in Central Texas.

    Any insights appreciated!


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