For over a century, Capezio has been outfitting dancers and other theatrical artists with high-quality footwear. The company produces everything from soft ballet slippers and pointe shoes to tap, modern and jazz shoes. It makes good sense to buy your dance shoes only after consulting with a professional fitter, because different styles vary in terms of how they shape to your foot. If you elect to bypass a professional fitting, or if you are merely reordering a specific style shoe that you know suits your needs, you can convert sizes on your own.
Determine your current street shoe size. If your feet are still growing and you have not purchased street shoes recently, properly and carefully measure your feet to verify your current size. Avoid mere estimates, as this can lead to poorly fitting dance shoes and may leave the foot unsupported and vulnerable to injury or can cause unnecessary rubbing, blistering and pain.
Download Capezio's "Footwear Fitting Guide" from the company's official website, capeziodance.com. This will serve as your primary tool when converting from your street shoe size to Capezio sizes.
Find the section of the chart that accurately reflects your gender and age. Women's shoes, men's shoes and children's shoes convert differently, and Capezio breaks down its conversion chart into these three separate sections.
Locate the type of dance shoe you wish to purchase. Types of shoes are listed on the left-hand column of each section and include categories such as soft ballet slippers, pointe shoes and tap shoes. Once you locate the type of shoe you want, read directly across to the right until you locate the specific style number associated with the shoe you plan to purchase.
Redirect your attention to the information located at the top of the column in which your style number appears. Note whether you must purchase your exact street shoe size or if you must size up or down -- and by how much -- for the particular style you have selected.
Remember, a conversion chart -- no matter how accurate -- is merely a guide. Guides are never perfect substitutes for professionals who received training in how to fit you precisely. Capezio suggests that your dance instructor supervise and approve pointe shoe selections and notes that, depending on the dancer's age, dance students may need to check their pointe shoes for proper fit at six-month intervals.