The heel is almost an inch so it looks like an ordinary shoe, but because the shock-absorbing sole is 1/4", combined your heel is only a half inch off the ground - which really helps your stability.
The buckle is attached with a piece of elastic so it has a little "give" when you're up on your toes.
ABOUT SUEDE SOLES:
We've found - by trying these on countless dancers - that these fit a half to a full size small.
So if you fit in between two sizes; say 6-6.5 it's possible you'll fit a 7 - but if you're a solid, say 6.5, you may fit a 7.5.
Because they have a strap across the ball of the foot, these fit a variety of widths.