In another thread, we started talking about dance shoes -- specifically practice shoes and taking good care of one's feet for dancing purposes. Since most of us probably have shoes experiences to share, I thought it would be nice to start a thread and talk about just that. Here's my experience with practice shoes. When I first started dancing, I (naively) bought a pair of low-heeled character shoes for practice. That didn't work because character shoes are not dance shoes. Even though they're comfortable, they are balanced differently from dance shoes. So your weight ends up over your heels, rather than poised forward. I ended up fighting my shoes. Then I bought some smashing-looking high heeled dance shoes. At the time, I had a bunch of dance stuff going on and between lessons, classes and dance rehearsals, was dancing about four or five hours a day. I ended up with aching calves and ankles and a bruised toenail that hurt SO bad and just wouldn't quit. :cry: :x So I bought practice shoes. Two inch heel. I won't mention the company, but the shoe style is called Roma. Excellent support of the foot, and you can feel the whole floor as well as what part of the foot you're using. Really good control. And this style is definitely much better looking than others I've seen. I've been "living" in Roma's ever since -- obviously I change shoes from time to time, to give my feet a break, but I love my practice shoes. (I'm amending this to say that I "live" in my Roma's inside the dance studio. Never, ever do I wear them outside, because of the suede soles.) Anybody else have shoes recommendations or foot care tips you want to share?