There sure is a lot of choice these days in ballet shoes! Canvas, leather, split-soled, stretch canvas and more! Why do we recommend the leather full soled ballet shoe? The leather stretches to the form of the foot and the young ballet dancer will be developing strength in their arches by pointing "through" the sole in the shoe. When the dancer graduates to the pointe shoe they will have been developing the muscles necessary to pointe through that hard shank of the pointe shoe!! Our favorite shoe at Santa Cruz Dance Supply is the Bloch Dansoft full leather ballet slipper!