At Ray Rose, we are committed to producing the highest quality Latin and Ballroom dance shoes for dancers of all ages and abilities.
This guide is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the Men’s Standard heels that we offer, their features and benefits, and how they compare with each other.
Men's Standard Heels have been traditionally classified as 1" inch in height, in order to differentiate them from the higher Men's Latin Heel. However, this measurement has always been subject to interpretation, and as a result, when components such as the sole are taken into account, the heels do not always measure precisely 1"
Many of our Standard models have been designed to include a particular heel, however some models are available to purchase with different heel option to choose from
The full/split structure of a sole can have a significant impact on the feel of the shoe, but whilst one offers greater flexibility and the other greater support, neither is necessarily better. The choice can therefore be made based on personal preference, and/or suitability for the individual dancer
A full sole covers the full length of the bottom of the shoe, providing a greater sense of structure and support
Relevant products: 330 Sandstorm, 375 Lukasz, 325 Storm, Pine, 331
A Split sole only covers the areas which make contact with the floor; the bottom of the heel, and the area underneath the front of the foot.
This reduces rigidity in the middle portion of the shoe, greatly increasing its flexibility.
The insole shape is one of the fundamental design elements that determines the look and fit of the shoe. Subtle alterations to this shape can make a shoe appear longer or shorter, and can make it feel tighter or looser.
This guide includes outlines the 4 different insole shapes we have developed, and provides some information on how they affect the models they are used to produce.
The Round insole is our most 'traditional' insole shape, which is historically typical of a man's Standard dance shoe.
Relevant products: 323 Tailwind, 330 Sandstorm, 335 Windrush
The Semi-Round insole is a variation of the Round insole, which has been altered to give the shoe a sleeker, elongated appearance.
Relevant products: 365 Benedetto, 325 Storm
The Style insole is narrower under the arch of the foot, which allows the upper material of the shoe to wrap under the foot for a more snug fit.
Relevant products: 355/355N Alex, 333 Rhine, 350 Nile
The Almond insole has been developed specifically for the 375 Lukasz model. Whilst it has a slightly wider base area than our other insole shapes, the upper toe area of the shoe has a reduced volume to produce a more elegant side profile.
Relevant products: 375 Lukasz
The Lining that we use has been specially developed and designed to absorb persperation. When the shoe is removed from the foot the persperation is released into the air.
Our socking is made from a high quality microfiber, which is coated with an anti-microbial layer, to provide maximum comfort for your feet, whilst helping to keep them fresh from the first dance to the last.
We also use charcoal impregnated latex orthotics, with integral arch supports This reduces the amount of stress on the foot and gives total support to the foot. The orthotics in our men’s Standard shoes are removable and washable to keep your shoes feeling new for longer.
The backs of our shoes benefit from the use of sports grade support material. This means that no matter how hot your feet become, the backs will retain their shape and continue to support your ankle.