Okay, this is the Smooth shoe I wear: http://www.danceshopper.com/ballroom-dance-shoes.Supadance_1534 I'm really picky as it's about the only style I can get my foot into in Smooth-type shoes and I just can't dance in court shoes, so my options are very limited. I need to replace my current pair. My dress would actually look nice (probably better) with black stockings/shoes, and it would be better for a lot of my showcase costumes. Buying two pairs is not really an option right now, so I'm torn--do the silk shoes wear harder and faster than the satin? I'll stick with fleshtone if the silk is going to be too delicate to use for lessons.