FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL INQUIRIES

Sansha is world-reknown as an innovating company. Frank Raoul-Duval launched Sansha 35 years ago by creating the first split sole ballet slipper. Since then, Sansha has stayed on the forefront of all innovations in dance.

All Sansha shoes are hand-made. Some styles use machine stitching in some parts.

Sansha sizes usually follow women’s US sizes, but fitting is necessary for a perfect match.

Most Sansha shoes have a variety of sizes and widths. Fitting is essential.

All Sansha shoes are unisex.

Quality control is permanent from the reception of materials till the end-customers. Sansha always pays a lot of attention to quality. As a result, less than 0.5% of the products have problems. When it happens, Sansha teams are always happy to replace the item.

BALLET

It really depends on the teacher. Some schools impose colors and materials, some open classes are more free. To feel comfortable and allow the teachers to see the lines and correct you, is essential.

They are 2 schools with specific vocabulary and uniforms. ISTD is Imperial Society Teachers and Dancing. They are renowned schools in ballet.

You can have a look on our RAD and ISTD line.

Yes of course. They are available in all sizes and widths.

The vamp is the front part of the shoe, covering the toes up. Long toes will prefer high vamp. Shorter toes will use more medium vamp.

It is possible but not recommended, unless you are familiar with your size and fit.

It depends how often you use them and on what surface. Sansha shoes are pretty long lasting.

Only a student with a proper training can go on pointe. It usually takes 2 or 3 years before starting Pointe work, and not before 11 years-old. Sansha has a dedicated pointe shoes line for Beginner: the Academia serie.

The best way is to pancake it with make-up colors. Dying them might change the fit.

Just wear them and do some stretching exercices.

Usually not, But some dancers like to assign right and left side. However, some recent models already have sewn elastics.

No, because it really depends on individual fitting and taste.

Full sole means the sole under the shoes is in one long piece connecting the toes and the heels.

Split sole means the sole is in 2 parts, enhancing the arch.

For children it is recommend by most teachers to wear full sole. We can recommended for you our Youth full sole ballet slipper in canvas TUTU 4C (also available in leather 14L).

For adults, split soles are nicer. Please check on our Ballet slippers line, for a full range.

They should fit snug without crunching the toes.

It is quite similar, but canvas is more hygienic as you can wash them. But it is also a matter of taste.

CONTEMPORARY AND LYRICAL

Modern dance started in the US in the 20th century as a revolution against ballet. Since then it has created its own styles and choregraphers.

They fit more snug, almost like socks, and need to be tighter.

The purpose of these shoes is to protect the foot while feeling the floor.

There is no indication of a right or left foot. It depends on the design.

It is recommended to be worn alone.

Yes, they can be worn on any dance floor.

TAP

You can wear any confortable street wear, with fitting tap shoes.

Discover our street wear line, and our amazing tap shoes.

Yes, it depends of the style. Please refer to each product and sizing chart.

Yes, they can be removed, but it is not recommended as they could be hard to fit back.

JAZZ

You can wear Jazz shoes, or boots and trendy outfits.

Our Jazz shoes are so comfortable they can be used for any dance.

It will depend on the floor. You might use a shoe with Suede sole or Rubber sole.

HIP-HOP / URBAN DANCE

Our Sansha Garments and Skazz Garments are very comfortable and trendy. They are easy to wash. You can wear them in a dance class or in the street.

Dance sneakers can be used for hip-hop, street dance or even for ballroom practice.

Of course! They are the best that you can find. Make your choice.

Yes you can. They are very comfortable and they can be worn in the studio as .....the street.

Full articulated sole such as the H sole provide more support than real split-sole. However, it is a matter of taste. Sansha has many styles of soles to choose from.

Our rubber sole sneakers provide excellent support and grip.

We provide a full range of choice for all our customers needs.

From split-sole to full-sole, high heels or flat, etc..

BALLROOM / TANGO

Our Ballroom shoes soles are made of suede sole. This is the best shoe for Ballroom shoes.

Our tango shoe soles are made of leather. Best choice and very comfortable!

We have variety size of heels for all of our customers needs. See below each kind of heels we offer.

You will find in our Ballroom cleaning box a lint brush, which will be perfect to clean the satin of your shoes.

You can buy our heel tips. Made in Silicone they extend the lifetime of heels of your ballroom shoes and prevent damage to the floor.

TEACHERS

It is matter of taste! They are softer, almost like a ballet shoe with a heel.

Here our range of teacher’s shoes.

Yes, both are available in our teacher’s shoes line. All teachers can be satisfied.

Sansha supplies a lot of tutus and costumes for Children with an extended price range.

Yes, Sansha is always happy to customize for schools and companies. Please contact us for more information.

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