Sizing & Fit


TIPS FOR SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS                                                                                                                                            

As a general guide James Senior straight-lasted dance shoes require to be a half or whole size bigger than UK outdoor shoes whereas James Senior right/left lasted dance shoes are generally the same size as UK outdoor shoes.

We can accommodate most width fittings and the width of the foot will influence the choice of shoes, e.g.

Ghillies: Strathspey v. Jimmy's Fancy v. Braemar v. Braemar Wide


Pumps: Princess/Princess Royal v. Duchess/Duchess Royal v. Royal Scot.

This is only a general guide as much depends upon the dancer's own individual preferences in terms of general comfort v. a snug tight-fitting shoe. We always advise customers to purchase their shoes 'fitting like a glove' because, with all high quality soft leathers, there will be a degree of easing and stretching with the warmth of the foot in the early life of the shoe. Very quickly the shoe moulds to accommodate the shape of the foot and if the shoe feels very comfortable, loose or falls off easily when new it will eventually become too big and baggy for the wearer.

Ideally new dance shoes are best worn around the house for a short time, prior to dancing, to achieve the best and most comfortable fit.

Customers who are unsure of their size are welcome to send us a foot tracing  and we will do our best to match the tracing to the nearest shoe size. Always stand barefoot on a hard surface and ask someone else to draw around your foot, holding the pen in a vertical position to ensure accuracy. Attention should be paid to marking on the paper the tip of the big toe and the back of the heel and then carefully marking two points acoss the ball of the foot at the widest point. We are then able to measure the length and the width of the foot from these points and match your measurements to the sole of your chosen shoe style. You must advise us if you insert a further insole/orthotic into your shoes as an additional insert normally requires a half size bigger or more, depending on the thickness of the material. In addition, let us know the size of your previous James Senior dance shoes, although it has to be noted that if they are a snug fit now you may require a half size bigger as the old shoes will have stretched to fit over time or your own foot width may have changed.

Care should be taken if scanning and emailing a foot tracing as accuracy can be compromised. In these circumstances please tell us the actual measurements in either inches or centimetres.

TIPS FOR HIGHLAND DANCERS                                                                                                                                                                              

While it is understood that Highland dancers often take two half sizes size smaller than their outdoor shoe size, as the natural leather of the shoes will stretch, St Andrews Shoemakers Ltd cannot accept responsibility for wear and tear, such as the upper leather tearing at the front of the shoe or splitting at the side of the shoe, resulting from the fit of the shoe being too small. In addition we cannot accept responsibility for shoes which are placed in water to facilite the stretching process.                                    

Arch-lasted shoes (Lothian and the Wilton range) are, by definition, longer in length than the other straight-lasted styles. Scottish Jig shoes are right/left lasted and tend to follow the sizing of outdoor shoes as a tight fit is not so important. 

EXTRA PAIRS  OF SHOES FOR TRIAL                                                                                                                                                                          

We are happy to send different sizes of shoes together to enable you to try the shoes at home, compare the sizes and make an informed decision to find the best shoe. Then simply post the unwanted shoes back to us, unworn and in their original condition, at your own expense and we will refund the cost of the returned pair/s to the original payment card.