Customer reviews
The shoes are so comfortable and great for long rehearsals when I’m standing a lot. We are performing a flat shoe ballet right now so they are really nice for rehearsals. Another thing I really like is with the heel support my plie is deeper and less strenuous! Thank you so much.
— Beckanne Sisk, Principal Dancer at Houston Ballet
The shoe is an absolute stunner. Wow! The support is fantastic. If only I had them when I was dancing at New York City Ballet. I’m performing again soon and can now wear shoes!
— Benjamin Millepied, Artistic Director, L.A. & Paris Dance Projects; Artist, Philharmonie de Paris; Film Director
Y’all ready for this? SHOCK ABSORBING BALLET SHOES! Today was my first day trying them out in class. They are light-weight, comfortable, supportive and YES shock absorbing. As an older dancer, nearing the end of my career with numerous injuries behind me (and with me), these shoes are awesome. These shoes are for everyone. Young dancers: Prevent injuries and look forward to a long career. Seasoned dancers: Take the stress off old injuries. Injured dancers (moi): Help yourself come back safely to jumping and moving. Wow wow wow. Thank you Seth and his team.
— Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet
My daughter has been struggling with tendonitis for over a year, even with consistent physical therapy. Someone recommended that she try Orza Pro Ones. She is over the moon after taking class in them! She said everything was better and her pain went from a 4 to a 1. She took the whole class which she hasn’t been able to do in months. This is a huge breakthrough for her. UPDATE: After several weeks of wearing them for classes she’s still dancing through the entire class. They have been a game changer for her pain level and confidence to recover!
— Maria, Student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet
As an athlete I’m constantly dealing with nasty stone bruises on the bottoms of my feet— usually from all the hard impact landings that come with virtuoso repertoire of male ballet technique. My mom used to jet glue Dr. Scholl’s padding inside my shoes to cushion my landings, and we always talked about how much it helped. So imagine my delight when Orza launched their brand new ballet shoe with constructed padding on the inside! I’ve been trying it out the last couple days and I love how my feet feel, even after dancing hard in classes and rehearsals. If you’re looking for a supportive flat shoe for rehearsals or shows that look great on your feet, then definitely check these out!
— Patrick Frenette, Dancer at American Ballet Theatre / Founder & Faculty Member of Boys Ballet Summer Intensive
I love how they fit! Definitely will take a little bit of time to get used to the sole of the shoe and canvas (since I have been wearing leather shoes for a very long time) but jumping and standing feels amazing! Very excited, thank you guys!
— Andrii Ishchuk, Dancer at American Ballet Theatre
I am loving the heel support in the shoe!
— Daphne Marcelle Lee, Artist at Dance Theater Of Harlem
Wow! I was in mid-Nutcracker season with three weeks of shows done and two more to go. I tried Orza Pro One, and instantly it was like walking on air but in ballet shoes. After a few days, the slippers shaped nicely to my feet which felt even better. Using them on stage for the remainder of the two weeks saved my knees and back from landing and partnering on such a hard stage. Because of the cushion Orza Pro One has, I could push myself in each show and felt great for the next day of performances.
— Evan Swenson, Managing Director of BalletRED
I just wanted to reach out and extend my thanks for the beautiful, beautiful shoes! I’ve brought them with me to teach all summer and loveee them! They are literally saving my feet!
— Danielle Diniz, Dancer & Choreographer, New York City
Love Love LOVE! I’ve never seen my feet look better in flat shoes. Also the heel lift seems to help me feel my rotation more when standing on one leg. Jumping in them also feels great! Thank you so much.
— Amelia Ida Bang Coleman, Freelance Artist Tivoli Ballet Theater
These shoes are a game changer! The heel support is amazing. I am an older ballet instructor and still take classes. The padding gives me the ability to demonstrate full out jumps and execute jumps with no pain. The support is in the heel but resonates through the ankle, knees, hips, and back. I teach adults and will definitely recommend this shoe to my students.
— Joanne Rupinskas, Dance Teacher
I am a student at the School of American Ballet and my pair of Orza Pro Ones have honestly helped me so much as I am recovering from a stress fracture. I have never felt so supported in a ballet flat until now and I wanted to extend my gratitude! Plus, they make my feet look great!
— Kylie
Your shoes have been a game changer for me. When I say game changer, I mean they have saved my dance career. I recently came back from a severe injury and your shoes were KEY in my recovery. My doctors believed I would be able to dance again, but not without pain. Since I started wearing Orza Pro Ones this pain is completely gone. I can take off, land, and roll through with zero pain. So beyond grateful! Seriously, everyone should be wearing this shoe.
— Maria Valencia Alvarez, Professional Dancer 
Having the flexibility of a ballet shoe along with the heel support of a sneaker has made staging ballets so much more enjoyable. Plus, the adorable lining makes me smile every time I put them on. Thank you for the innovation! I'll be wearing these for a long time.
— Lauren Strongin, Former SFB Soloist, Stager Liam Scarlett Trust
Sometimes you don’t realize just how comfortable something is until you put another one on. I misplaced my pair of Orza Pro Ones last week (after wearing them for company class for months) and had to go back to a regular ballet shoe for class. I immediately felt the difference. More strain on my calves— they just felt tighter. I love the confidence my OP1’s give me when wearing them— and I know my body is going to feel better than it would if I was back in the old ballet flat!
— Megan Fairchild, Principal Ballerina New York City Ballet
I spend a lot of time in the studio as the principal of Kansas City Ballet School and Orza Pro Ones are the perfect footwear for my busy day. I have never been a fan of dance sneakers or teaching shoes, so have always worn ballet shoes but wished they had more support. OP1 offers the support I need to relieve the foot and back pain I get while standing long hours in classes and rehearsals. I love these shoes so much that when I was asked to do a small role with Kansas City Ballet recently, the only way I knew I could get back onstage was wearing Orzas. They got me through my shows!
— Lauren Fadeley, Principal Kansas City Ballet School, Former Professional Dancer
I have been looking for the right flat shoe my entire career, that’s 20 plus years now. And finally Seth has done it! I haven’t been able to wear flat shoes in class because they never fit correctly and I wasn’t able to get my feet warm, but now I use these every day and it’s just a miracle. Thank-you Seth for putting in years of hard work, pain, and research to create the best shoes for professionals and beyond.
— Sara Mearns, Principal Ballerina New York City Ballet 
I just started teaching in the LEATHER OP1 ballet shoes and they are so great! I feel like I’m in a teaching shoe in a way and am able to demonstrate so much more without worry I’m going to hurt myself!
— Lauren Fadeley Veyette Principal at Kansas City Ballet School
I am obsessed with the OP1 ballet shoes. I teach on many types of floors, from marley, sprung, carpet, to riser-like stages and these shoes are saving my body. Not only are my feet still comfortable after hours of teaching, but my back and calves are thankful for the shock absorption in the sole of the shoe. I also love that the support around the heel gives me stability. Besides the cute print inside the shoe that i love, the sweats, ankle compression leg warmers, hat and shirt fit amazing and look so good! Thank you Seth and team for all the years of research and development you put into this shoe… You are adding years to my dance career and my body thanks you! I can’t wait for all my convention dancers to try this out, this will save their bodies!!!
— Melissa Sandvig, So You Think you Can Dance Finalist/ Velocity Dance Teacher & Judge
As soon as I slipped on the Orza Pro One, I could instantly feel the thought and care that went into the design. They feel like a cross trainer built specifically for ballet. I love the cushion in the heel because it offers fabulous support while also making my arch appear higher than it is; giving my feet and lines the appearance of being longer and more finished. (A dancer’s dream!). The cushion also helps you really feel your foot centered on the floor and allows you to connect to your core. No doubt, the OP1 is going to change the future of dance.
— Manny Herrera, Broadway Star and Master Teacher
I absolutely LOVE the leather OP1! It hugs my foot, gives full support, and truly feels amazing. I love both dancing and teaching in them. Thank you ORZA!
— Kathryn Morgan, Ballerina and Founder of Kathryn Morgan & Friends
I always felt the conventional ballet shoe wasn't supportive enough for ballet dancers. I didn't know that when I tried the Orza Pro One it would completely change my life. Now, I can jump and turn with so much ease, with the comfort of knowing that I have shoes that support all my landings and dancing! These shoes feel and look nice and I can't imagine going back to the conventional ballet shoe I was wearing before. I hope more dancers jump and try OP1 for themselves!
— Daniel Ayala, Professional Ballet Dancer
My mother bought me a pair of Orza shoes when they were first released last spring. Initially skeptical, I was astonished by the difference they made when I finally switched. Orza Pro Ones offer remarkable stability and resilience with their shock-absorbent technology. Comprising seven layers of support, including heel padding and an enhanced outsole, the difference in comfort and performance is instantly discernible. After dancing tirelessly in them for 192 hours, my mother bought me a new pair, as mine had seen better days. I'm stubbornly attached to my used Orzas, as they mold perfectly to my feet and feel custom-made for me. Ballet demands every ounce of mental focus and physical effort. As a determined young dancer striving to improve, I wholeheartedly love my Orza shoes. They've been transformative, enhancing my technique daily, for which I am immensely grateful.
— Ellie Faidley, Student at the School Of American Ballet
As an adult dancer who has been dancing for almost 40 years (!), I've tried just about every ballet shoe on the market. Nothing compares to the Orza Pro 1's! My studio does not have very springy floors, and the padding under the ball and heel helps alleviate stress when jumping. I also have a tendency to sit back on my heels, and the padding helps me stay more centered over the ball of my foot. I also love how they break in to mold to your feet - I've gotten so many compliments on how they accentuate my arch! Finally, the inner lining is so cute and makes me smile every time I put them on. If you are looking for a supportive, shock-absorbing, beautiful shoe to enhance your line and your dancing, Orza Pro 1's are the shoe for you!
— Rebecca Lerch, Adult Dancer
Before I had my Orza Pro 1’s, I was dealing with foot pain specifically in my metatarsals that was on and off for a year. I had seen a Dr. and ruled out a fracture and then tried pretty much everything from rest to physical therapy to taping to finally putting gel cushions in the bottom of shoes. The gel pads would provide some slight relief but they would only work for a short amount of time before they would slide around and be no longer helpful. Out of frustration I dove deep into finding a solution online. Surely, I was not the only dancer experiencing this! I came across ABT Company members trying OP1’s. I learned about the new shoe with this new innovative technology. The only challenge I had was to patiently wait for this shoe to be made available for the public. I tracked my package daily and was really hopeful this shoe would get me back to dancing pain free. I was super excited the day my Orza OP1’s arrived. They fit perfectly and I was so happy that I had a constant padding that did not shift or limit my dance. Within days dancing in these flats had completely gotten rid of my pain. I have been dancing in my OP1’s since June of 2023 and they have been a life changer. Officially my new staple product that needs to be a must in every dancers’ bag.
— Caroline Kallbreier, Pre-Professional Student
Orza Pro One ballet shoes are the best on the market! The technology in these shoes makes standing and dancing all day in rehearsal virtually pain free. I think OP1 can help dancers in any stage of their journey protect and support their feet no matter their goals, age or background in dance.
— Lauren Murray, Pre-Professional Ballerina
I have loved my Orza shoes since the first class I wore them. They are supportive for jumps and turns and incredibly comfortable to wear. These have been a huge game changer for me as someone who dances for fun and I can see them having a big impact on the adult ballet community! I’m so happy with my Orza Pro Ones!
— Anika Meisel, Adult Dancer
The instant I put on my pair of Orza Pro Ones I felt supported in a way I have never felt before in a ballet shoe. It’s like a warm hug for the feet. They were carefully designed with a dancer’s safety and wellness in mind which warms this nurse’s heart. It has been the greatest gift. Thank you, Team Orza!
— Lori Boggan, Adult Dancer & Founder Ballet Gothenburg
I have struggled with small injuries, shin splints and Achilles pain, for a long time and couldn't find an answer. I tried Orzas. It has been 7 months since I put them on for the first time. I have had zero pain from that day forward. Let's be honest typical ballet flats are the equivalent to socks. They do nothing. Orzas are different! They have the heel support of a tennis shoe and shock absorbent padding in the ball and heel of the shoe. This changes both standing and landing. The canvas is sturdy and durable too. This lets you clean them by just throwing them in the washing machine. There is a breaking in process so do give them time to meld to your foot. I highly recommend EVERYONE to try this shoe!
— Ryann Tucker, Pre-Professional Dancer
I’m currently recovering from a few minor stress fractures in my shins and these shoes have been a lifesaver! They’ve helped tremendously with the process of returning back to dance. I’ve been able to take almost all of class without pain, which I wouldn’t have been able to do in my old shoes. I love how supportive they are. On top of that, they are so comfortable and make my feet look amazing!!
— Elise Hueffed, Ballet Student
I love the wearing the Orza Pro One every day for barre. I can't wear anything else now that I know how good my feet feel in these shoes! Thank you!
— Sara Jane Adams, Soloist Dancer at New York City Ballet
Orza Pro Ones- life saving and career prolonging! I started wearing Orza ballet shoes during New York City Ballet's fall season of 2023 and I'm so happy with them! Once you get used to wearing OP1 you can never go back to anything else. The support and lift that they offer is unlike anything else on the market. Not only am I a customer, I'm a total fan and am SO grateful for them!
— Jovani Furlan, Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet
As an adult dancer (and a physical therapist) the Orza Pro One ballet shoes have been a game changer for me. I had struggled with foot and ankle pain as a dancer in my prime (30 years ago) and had wanted something to help support my foot, but nothing existed. Fast forward 30 years when I returned to ballet and the foot and ankle pain was still a challenge with jumps and allegro. I got my first pair of Orza Pro Ones 6 months ago and jumps feel amazing now. As a PT I know the difference a little bit of heel lift and some shock absorbing can make, and as a dancer I can feel it. I won’t dance in anything else now, and have recommended the Orza shoes to many of my adult ballet friends.
— Sarah J Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD
I'm coming back from a stress fracture and the Orza Pro One ballet shoe has made me feel so secure and supported. Thank you!
— Taela Graff Dancer at Houston Ballet
These shoes are magic. I'm someone who has chronic ankle issues. When I got back into teaching and taking class regularly a couple of years ago, I figured I'd just have to deal...which for me meant no jumping (unless I wanted to be in pain afterwards) and being very careful with how I demonstrated things while teaching. Then, I got a pair of Orza Pro Ones. They provide me with support and absorption that allows me to teach freely and to take class without fear. These shoes have changed the way I experience dancing at this stage of my life and career. It's carefree, fun, and full of possibility!
— Jess Spinner, Former Pro Dancer and Founder of The Whole Dancer
These shoes are incredibly comfortable and durable. I could feel the difference the moment I put them on. The heel support and metatarsal cushion provides comfort while the shock absorption provides support. Now standing and teaching all day doesn't leave me in pain. I can focus on what I love to do knowing I have a shoe that supports me. Thank you Seth and the entire Orza team!
— Kristen Moore, Owner at Tutu School Tacoma and Renton
I thought my days wearing ballet shoes were over. Wear and tear on my feet from old career injuries has made wearing traditional shoes extremely painful. As a dance educator, being on my feet for several hours has only been possible in dance sneakers or jazz shoes until now. Wearing OP1s has not only made me feel safe and supported, but it has inspired me to entertain the idea that I may be able to dust off the cobwebs and dance again!
— Matthew Donnell, Faculty at Cary Ballet Conservatory
I've been wearing the Orza Pro One since their launch in 2023 and have never been more comfortable executing jumps! One time I forgot to bring my OP1s to class and had to use regular ballet slippers. I could immediately feel the difference in my feet, ankles and knees. The patented shock absorption and support provided in these shoes are truly amazing and has really helped me with preventing injuries. Thank you so much to Seth Orza and the Orza team for creating such a great ballet shoe for the ballet community!
— Tiffany Chen, Adult Dancer
After suffering from multiple stress fractures in both shins, coming back to jumps has not been easy. Since I received my first pair of Orza Pro Ones, I have felt supported, and safer while taking off and landing. I was able to perform principal roles without worrying so much, and I feel much more comfortable and confident.
— Federico Levoli, Principal Dancer at Czech National Ballet
As a physical therapist, I'm grateful to be able to recommend Orza shoes to the dancers at my practice. The extra support and cushion is a game changer, especially during long rehearsal days and while recovering from injury. The feedback from patients who have tried them has been very positive. It is exciting to finally see a great looking shoe designed to respect the athletic demands of the dancer.
— Dr. Aimee Martel, DPT, PT