Wingtips give you a swingy look. These are both feminine and flexible. When you wear these you'll feel like a cat - nimble, surefooted, ready to spring into action - but with the slide and spin-ability that suede soles give you. They look close enough to a dress shoe to wear with skirts, but act like an athletic sneaker.
The molded foam footbed is removeable so you could easily add your orthotics if you wanted.
The heel is almost an inch so it looks like an ordinary shoe, but because the shock-absorbing sole is 1/4" your heel is only a half inch higher than your sole - 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:
This is a new version of a shoe we've carried for years - so it may not fit you like the older versions did.
We've found - by trying these on countless dancers - that these fit pretty much true to size. Because of their open construction you may need a half size smaller than your usual size, but our test subjects did not need a size larger than their usual size.
One thing of note about the fit: Women with high arches say that the strap is just barely (and sometimes not) long enough.