Second hand dance shoes have few positives, mainly relating to cost saving. There is also little harm done if they are in pristine condition. However, consider a few other factors. Dance shoes are an investment on the well-being of dancers’ feet. Once new shoes are worn, they are broken in. They mould and adjust to their first owner’s pressure points, and the shape of their feet. Indentations in the cushioning soon appear, where toes exert pressure. Moreover, dance shoes start to “give” and loosen up once worn. Stepping into another dancer’s worn shoes will impact on the imprint made by the original owner. There may also be health concerns. Lastly, dance shoes have a limited shelf life and deteriorate in long term storage. So when buying dance shoes, consider that second hand shoes could be a false economy. To your happy feet!