IDS vs. Ray Rose vs. Aida Latin Shoes

I was reading on one of the dance shoe sites that method of stretching shoes by putting a Ziploc bag of water in the shoes then putting them in the freezer so the water would freeze and expand....
As my new ones are a bit snug around the front I was going to try this. Has anyone done this? If so, did it work?
 
Hi, Everyone!
I am new here and to ballroom dancing but have COMPLETLY fallen in love with ballroom! I currently dance 2-4 hours a week, and I am in the process of finding the right shoes. I am looking to buy both a Latin pair and a Standard pair, but I am starting with Latin.
I don't have a lot of options near me for quality shoes, but I was able to try on two different styles from Ray Rose.

The Gobi 840 Sport
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The Raindrop 885.
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I found them both to be narrow in the middle of my foot and quite unstable. The Gobi was very tight in the toes and my fifth toe would slip out with all of the room between the straps.

After reading this entire thread, I am now leaning towards Aida. Thank you, Miss Silly!
Here is the pair I am thinking about trying.
Rose (066E)
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My questions are:
Does anyone have experience with this particular shoe?
Any ideas on how the mesh will hold up considering what others have said about the Aida straps wearing out quickly?

Even if you can't answer my questions above, please feel free to share any advice with this newbie! TIA!
 

Miss Silly

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I was reading on one of the dance shoe sites that method of stretching shoes by putting a Ziploc bag of water in the shoes then putting them in the freezer so the water would freeze and expand....
As my new ones are a bit snug around the front I was going to try this. Has anyone done this? If so, did it work?
It didn't work well for me. What i do is put on thick socks and then put on my shoes and blowdry them while they're on my feet, as I work them in.
 

Miss Silly

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hahah @AHCook I swear I don't get kickbacks from Aida. I just like the shoe. Mostly LOL (the satin wear still gets me though!).

I haven't tried the mesh... i have big bunions and i've heard that the mesh doesn't stretch out much, which would be uncomfortable for me since I need that area of the shoe to stetch to the shape of my bunion. But it is possible that what is not ideal for me, would be great for someone else... especially if they didn't want that part to stretch.

I'm suspicious that it would be harder to point in a shoe like that, since the more the straps over the toes are, well, strappy, the more flexible that area is. HOWEVER this is something that at your stage in dancing, I don't think is a priority. Something a bit more stable and comfortable for your foot is priority. As you dance more, you'll start to discover what you'll want out of your shoe. :)
 
@AHCook I wear the model 66 and love them. I have wider feet and the mesh is more comfortable than straps and keeps my toes from falling out. I haven't noticed any issues with pointing as the end of the shoes are quite flexible and the mesh brings the straps back a little bit off the toes. You also can't see the mesh from the audience because of the colour so it looks like most other strap shoes.
 
hahah @AHCook I swear I don't get kickbacks from Aida. I just like the shoe. Mostly LOL (the satin wear still gets me though!).

I haven't tried the mesh... i have big bunions and i've heard that the mesh doesn't stretch out much, which would be uncomfortable for me since I need that area of the shoe to stetch to the shape of my bunion. But it is possible that what is not ideal for me, would be great for someone else... especially if they didn't want that part to stretch.

I'm suspicious that it would be harder to point in a shoe like that, since the more the straps over the toes are, well, strappy, the more flexible that area is. HOWEVER this is something that at your stage in dancing, I don't think is a priority. Something a bit more stable and comfortable for your foot is priority. As you dance more, you'll start to discover what you'll want out of your shoe. :)
@Miss Silly, Thank you so much for all your input! Thankfully I don't have to worry about bunions, but know people who do and it can be such a struggle to find comfortable shoes. :(

I will keep the flexibility in mind when making a decision. After 7 years of ballet training, comfort and fun are my current goals in ballroom. And learning the dances :joyful:
 
@AHCook I wear the model 66 and love them. I have wider feet and the mesh is more comfortable than straps and keeps my toes from falling out. I haven't noticed any issues with pointing as the end of the shoes are quite flexible and the mesh brings the straps back a little bit off the toes. You also can't see the mesh from the audience because of the colour so it looks like most other strap shoes.
@Spookisgirl, That sounds exactly like what I want. It doesn't seem like you have had any problems with the mesh ripping either, which is great. What options did you go with? Size? Width? & Toe Box Shape?
I am planning to call Aida before ordering, but I would love to hear what options you chose!
 
I wear 23.5 double wide, with round toe. I wear them so my toes are over the edge. I recently had to order new ones, in a lower heel due to knee issues, and since they offer triple wide I decided to go with them as I needed to do a lot of stretching in my old ones and hope to avoid that a bit. Haven't had any issues with the mesh ripping at all, and I find it very flexible and comfortable. If anything, the wear is in the ankle strap, but even that is manageable. Mine are two years old, but I only wear them for competition and the 2-3 weeks prior as I use a practice shoe with the same heel for regular training. I would contact aida--regardless of who you work with, they are awesome and helpful.
 

scullystwin42

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Going to try the IDS shoes via internet order again. good feedback from the sales - @datitmarsh I am a 4 in IDS too! One day, it would be nice if the bloody shoe sizes could actually be standardized. And will try Aida's again at OSB. grrrrr.
 

Miss Silly

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@Miss Silly, Thank you so much for all your input! Thankfully I don't have to worry about bunions, but know people who do and it can be such a struggle to find comfortable shoes. :(

I will keep the flexibility in mind when making a decision. After 7 years of ballet training, comfort and fun are my current goals in ballroom. And learning the dances :joyful:
Ahhh LOL 7 years of ballet training! You'll have strong feet LOL. In that case, you probably can ignore what i said :p
 
Going to try the IDS shoes via internet order again. good feedback from the sales - @datitmarsh I am a 4 in IDS too! One day, it would be nice if the bloody shoe sizes could actually be standardized. And will try Aida's again at OSB. grrrrr.
After much trying on, and thoughts of attempting to stretch, I have decided to return mine. While the size 4 is perfect in length, I think I need a little more width in the strappy front.
 
I wear 23.5 double wide, with round toe. I wear them so my toes are over the edge. I recently had to order new ones, in a lower heel due to knee issues, and since they offer triple wide I decided to go with them as I needed to do a lot of stretching in my old ones and hope to avoid that a bit. Haven't had any issues with the mesh ripping at all, and I find it very flexible and comfortable. If anything, the wear is in the ankle strap, but even that is manageable. Mine are two years old, but I only wear them for competition and the 2-3 weeks prior as I use a practice shoe with the same heel for regular training. I would contact aida--regardless of who you work with, they are awesome and helpful.
@Spookisgirl, Sorry to hear about the knee issues, I know from personal experience how difficult that can be! Thank you for all the explanation, seriously super helpful!! Especially as I am trying to avoid that restocking fee ;) Fingers crossed the heel height and triple wide are better for you!
 
Ahhh LOL 7 years of ballet training! You'll have strong feet LOL. In that case, you probably can ignore what i said :p
@Miss Silly, Unfortunately not as strong as they used to be, but a few years of mostly sitting and studying will do that to you :rolleyes:
And I truly appreciate all the advice! I just mentioned my years of ballet training because ballet can be quite uncomfortable, and I just want ballroom to be enjoyable and fun, not painful LOL.
 

bia

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I got the Flavia. I If they just had a little bit more room in the front strappy part.... I am considering wearing them about the house with socks, to see if they will adapt just a tiny bit.
I can't speak to this style, but I know for my own shoes, if they're not a little too tight at first, they'll end up too loose once they're broken in and stretched out. (A lot too tight is another issue.) I always use a wooden shoe stretcher so my feet don't have to put up with the first really-too-tight stages. But of course you won't know what their ultimate fit will be until too late/too used to return, so it's a potentially expensive judgment call.
 

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