Sydney has been dancing for...eleven years. (I once figured out that if Sophia stays in dance until she's a senior, I will have been doing this with my kids for TWENTY FIVE YEARS! - carp!)
Anyway, since she started on a competitive team at age 6, I've been ordering shoes online. I've also been returning shoes that I order online because ordering dance shoes is even more complicated that trying to figure out the rules between the different competitions.
Some brands want you to order 1-2 sizes up or down from street shoe size (companies: 1-2 sizes is a big difference.) Some want you to order street shoe size. Sometimes, a company *coughjustforkixcough* will tell you over the phone that such and such size is the right one and then you get the shoes and they are too big (this totally didn't JUST happen or anything.) Sometimes, you'll order the correct size and style and they send you the WRONG SHOE.
It's no wonder the kids are dancing in socks these days. Their parents are probably rocking back and forth in a corner from the trauma of dance shoe ordering. Oh...just me? Well, then.
So, now I'll go and return the awesome sparkly jazz shoes that I just bought (well, actually, bought in September and then waited 3 months while they were on backorder only to find that they are 1 - too big, 2 - insanely slippery - and 3 - not very comfortable. Also...the slip says they can be returned 60 days from ship date - which was last week sometime, yet my invoice says 9/12/12 AND... I had to cancel my debit card yesterday (thank you Norton scammer lady), AND I have to pay to ship their crappy shoes back.
Do you think by the time Sophia is 14, I'll have this process down? Yeah, me either.