Definition of tap shoe in US English:

tap shoe


  • A shoe with a specially hardened sole or attached metal plates at toe and heel to make a tapping sound in tap dancing.

    • ‘And what's more, they're tap shoes - and she's wearing them in Cheltenham next week.’
    • ‘She's mastered her tap shoes as musical instruments, but she hasn't lost the wide eyes of discovery from twelve years ago at the Colorado Dance Festival.’
    • ‘The alumni who are brave enough will join the cast of 42nd Street onstage for the opening number, tap shoes and all, then there will be a gala party.’
    • ‘The dance routines we worked on this week were Irish Dance, a Jazz dance, some more tap dancing (without tap shoes)!’
    • ‘A lady at the checkout ahead of me was buying tap shoes (among other things) for her two year-old daughter.’
    • ‘The girl who was dancing next to me wore her tap shoes for the performance and she kept clomping on my foot.’
    • ‘Company members, who are as at home in tap shoes as they are in sneakers, pass on his technique as resident guest teachers in the city's high schools and private studios.’
    • ‘I dance better in a higher heel, than I do in the normal tap shoes.’
    • ‘She then pulls off her black robe to reveal a sequined costume and tap shoes.’
    • ‘Instead of my black tights and sneakers, I've got on nude tights and tap shoes.’
    • ‘Her old tap shoes stood in the small box next to the CD player, so he slipped them on.’
    • ‘I took lessons in junior high, unfortunately, the last time I went to my mother's house I looked for my tap shoes and they weren't there.’
    • ‘The first time I saw her was the day I got my first pair of tap shoes, he says.’
    • ‘His weekly jam sessions, which began around 1997 at the Manhattan club known as Swing 46, were all-inclusive, and anyone who had a pair of tap shoes could get up on the stage and hoof away to live music.’
    • ‘The final scene began as traditional dancing in a village festival and turned into a broadway-style tap dance sequence, with the characters wearing traditional Japanese clogs instead of tap shoes.’
    • ‘Their ponytails flick as their tap shoes submit to the beat.’
    • ‘Time to dust off your tap shoes and head to the cinema to check out the hottest movie in town, Chicago.’
    • ‘He bought his own tap shoes and he was so set on coming to the auditions that he paid his own train fare.’
    • ‘Things were different in 1983 - the tap shoes were on and the song sheets were out as early as possible - and not an essay in sight.’
    • ‘‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’ was another highlight, with fun formations, a great range of dance styles and an amazing number of the company in tap shoes.’