Before shopping for ballet flat shoes, ask your instructors which type of shoe they prefer you to have. Most instructors do have a preference, and that preference comes from years of experience not only in ballet dancing, but in teaching ballet classes as well. They know what works and what does not work for the classes that they teach. Listen closely to their opinions and preferences when it comes to ballet flat shoes.
Leather soles are usually preferred, even though they are a bit more expensive than canvas. Depending on the type of floor that you are dancing on, leather soles will usually last longer than canvas; however, if you are heavier, leather will cause you to stick to the floor more, which may cause injuries. For this reason, men usually prefer canvas because there is less possibility of sticking to the floor. Canvas wears out faster than leather, though, and you can expect to replace your ballet flat shoes much more often.
Another decision that must be made for ballet flat shoes is the type of closure on them. Beginning ballet dancers are usually required to have an elastic band that runs across the top