Clients’ Testimonials

My experience of having tap shoes made by Duran Shoes greatly exceeded my expectations.


Because I have large bunions on both feet, narrow heels and need arch support because of my tendency to get plantar fasciitis, “off the rack” tap shoes, even the ones considered to be the best, didn’t work for me at all. In fact, before finding Duran Shoes, I had purchased a pair Capezio K360s , which are our director’s favored tap shoe model. After suffering with them for 6 months, and trying every conceivable strategy such as stretching, orthotics, special lacings to no avail, I gave up on them.


It was then that our director told me about Thommie Taps, which are custom made — not just color combinations but actually made from scratch using the detailed measurements and outline of each foot that you send in when you order. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Thommie Taps are made by Duran Shoes. When Isabel Duran, the owner of Duran Shoes, received my information and recognized my foot issues, she phoned me directly to interview me about my feet before making the shoes. She wanted to make sure the shoes would really work for me. I was amazed by her level of customer service!


Well, the shoes came and they are perfectly weighted, beautifully crafted and, best of all, they satisfy all of my requirements. They have plenty of room for my bunions, the heels fit nicely and there’s also enough room for my custom orthotics which give me arch support. They feel like — well they feel like they were made for me. See my happy face wearing them! Thank you, Thommie Taps and Duran Shoes!

Robyn Jamison

Robyn Jamison, m.f.a.,

"Duran's tap shoes fit so well to my foot, and are so sturdy that they make me feel like I am tapping with my actual feet!  The shoes are also comfortable and make lots of noise!

Shelby Rindenau, Tap Dancer, Irvine, CA,

I own a pair of Duran’s Shoes  (Doc Martens) that I’ve owned since the 80’s.  I love them so much, of course I only wear them for special occasions. If you look at the shoes today, you would not know they are approx. 30 years old.  In anything I ordered, I used to tell Mr. Duran to surprise me and just make them awesome!  He never disappointed me!  He knew what leather& colors I would like, styles, etc.…  I am also an Aztec Dancer and Mr. Duran made me my DANZA sandals (Kakles).  I explained to him, that a lot of heavy duty aerobic like dancing and on hard pavement happened with such shoes.  He paid attention and made mine with extra reinforcement on the soles; black trimmed with gold leather.  The sandals have been through a lot of performances & events, but I also still own that pair!  I have been extremely happy with the shoes I have from Duran Shoes and always recommend them to anyone I know that is looking for excellence in the crafting of their shoes!

Irene Jimenez-Muir, Las Vegas,