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Description

  • The Nicola is a beautiful and feminine Latin competition and Salsa shoe. The narrow tapered heel and T-strap provide support and make it a great shoe for social ballroom dancing. The self locking buckle is great for quick changes and the suede sole is flexible and supportive for a greater range of movement.
  • The elegantly slim, tapered heel is placed in the middle of the heel for stability.
  • Full heel cup offers support.
  • Leather upper.
  • Self-locking buckle.
  • Cushioned insole for comfort, shock absorption, and to protect the metatarsals.
  • Suede outsole, perfect for turns and slides.
  • This style runs smaller than marked. The manufacturer recommends going a half size larger than your normal size (if you are trying to accommodate a wide width, please order a full size larger than your normal size).
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 2 12 in
    • Weight: 4 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 6, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

50% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 8% Half size too Large
  • 50% True to size
  • 23% Half size too small
  • 19% Full size too small
83% Felt true to width
  • 83% Felt true to width
  • 17% Felt narrower than marked
  • 0% Felt wider than marked
59% Moderate arch support
  • 23% Excellent arch support
  • 59% Moderate arch support
  • 18% No arch support

Item Information

  • The Nicola is a beautiful and feminine Latin competition and Salsa shoe. The narrow tapered heel and T-strap provide support and make it a great shoe for social ballroom dancing. The self locking buckle is great for quick changes and the suede sole is flexible and supportive for a greater range of movement.
  • The elegantly slim, tapered heel is placed in the middle of the heel for stability.
  • Full heel cup offers support.
  • Leather upper.
  • Self-locking buckle.
  • Cushioned insole for comfort, shock absorption, and to protect the metatarsals.
  • Suede outsole, perfect for turns and slides.
  • This style runs smaller than marked. The manufacturer recommends going a half size larger than your normal size (if you are trying to accommodate a wide width, please order a full size larger than your normal size).
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 2 12 in
    • Weight: 4 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 6, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Bloch Nicola

Average rating is 4 out of 5 from a total of 29 reviews.

Top Positive Review

2 people found this review helpful.

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Love these shoes! Felt like old favorites on the second use. I wear either and 8 or 8.5 and the 8.5 were perfect. I wear them for Latin dancing and they're the perfect heel height, flexibility, and grip. Will be replacing with the same again and again.

Read more » « Show less March 8, 2012 by Miss K
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Top Critical Review

3 people found this review helpful.

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This shoe is sleek but quickly loses its savor if you are an avid social/ballroom dancer. It may have been my particular pair, but the felt on the heel wore away quickly and the supposed insole cushioning that is to protect your metatarsal pads is more of a suggestion than an assurance. As a physical therapist who dances/competes and actively treats dancers, this particular shoe has some way to go before I would consider recommending it. Unless you have flat feet, the arch support does not provide full contact, and there is literally zero padding under the metatarsal heads. So! If you decide to purchase a pair, do so if you don't plan on dancing for more than an hour, or have a pair of "toe undies" or like product that will provide adequate cushion to your forefoot and toes over multiple uses. An additional trip to the cobbler to have the heel capped with protective suede would also be advisable.

Read more » « Show less January 2, 2011 by Kate W
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Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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This shoe is sleek but quickly loses its savor if you are an avid social/ballroom dancer. It may have been my particular pair, but the felt on the heel wore away quickly and the supposed insole cushioning that is to protect your metatarsal pads is more of a suggestion than an assurance. As a physical therapist who dances/competes and actively treats dancers, this particular shoe has some way to go before I would consider recommending it. Unless you have flat feet, the arch support does not provide full contact, and there is literally zero padding under the metatarsal heads. So! If you decide to purchase a pair, do so if you don't plan on dancing for more than an hour, or have a pair of "toe undies" or like product that will provide adequate cushion to your forefoot and toes over multiple uses. An additional trip to the cobbler to have the heel capped with protective suede would also be advisable.

I'd also recommend: DSI, Ray Rose, Capezio

Fit Survey

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Felt true to size

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Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

No arch support

  • - customer
  • from Phoenix, Arizona
2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Love these shoes! Felt like old favorites on the second use. I wear either and 8 or 8.5 and the 8.5 were perfect. I wear them for Latin dancing and they're the perfect heel height, flexibility, and grip. Will be replacing with the same again and again.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from Sao Paulo, Brazil
2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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One of my favorite dancing shoes. I can dance for hours with the Bloch shoes. Truly comfortable. They don't hurt your feet at all. I Own Block Nicola in different colors. Love it. Highly recommended for ballroom dancing. Great arch support.

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Felt true to size

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Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from Tukwila, Washington
2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I love these shoes! I was worried when I purchased them because of a few negative reviews on here. I went to a local dance shop and tried on lots of shoes. These were the only shoes that would fit my narrow feet. They only had them in black and it was going to take almost 2 weeks for them to get them in. So I ordered them from Zappos and got them a lot faster! Plus if they didn't fit for some reason there was no worries because of the free shipping both ways. I love that! About the shoes now. They are very pretty. The tan color looks great with every color of dress/ outfit. The color is perfect as it doesn't draw too much attention to your feet. I did have to order a 1/2 size larger because the heel area fit to tight. They are so comfortable and I love that the strap you just pull on to tighten, you don't have to search for the hole. My feet feel great while dancing and afterward. I dance at least 5 hours a week and have had them for about a month and no problems so far. One small disappointment and the pull strap leather has started peeling where it tightens at. Not too big of a deal right now, hopefully the strap won't tear completely. Still don't regret my purchase though. =)

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a half size smaller than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These shoes look great on. They are so light. Great for salsa dancing. I order both the black and the natural.

I'd also recommend: Freed

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a full size smaller than marked

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