An ideal student ballet shoe with a full sole and elastic already attached over the instep It has a strong yet flexible leather upper and a cotton lining Pre Sewn elastic strap Elastic drawstring to adjust shoe to hug the foot. Leather upper; Suede Sole Sizing Information & Suggestions Start with 1/2 size up from street shoe. The perfect classical ballet shoe for all ages. Why chose this full soled soft leather ballet shoe? These shoes are the highest recommended shoe in most classical ballet studios because the ballerinas need to push their pointe through the shoe which strengthens their arch and prepares them for the stiff sole of the pointe shoe they will eventually graduate into. The soft leather is more durable then the canvas shoes and stays cleaner creating a beautiful line of the foot. Highly recommended!