Miller & Ben Tap Shoes:
Thank you for your interest in The Miller & Ben Tap Shoes, which are high quality / high end, hand made 'Musical Tap Instrument'.History of the Miller & Ben Tap Shoes:
Avi Miller began designing tap shoes for Israel's fast growing local tap community in the late 1980's. The need for local tap shoes arose due to the high cost of import. Those first shoes were developed and created with an Israeli manufacturer, and were sold worldwide. The Israeli-made tap shoes were considered among the best in the market.
Ofer Ben joined the company in 1990. Together Miller & Ben gained experience in fitting, sizing and inspecting tap shoes while personally "shoeing" their students at their studio, Jazz Tap Center, and by performing in those shoes with their company, Tap Tel-Aviv. They continued their studies in shoe development, always striving to improve the quality of their final products. These studies involved all aspects of the art of 'making shoes from scratch', measuring, drawing and constructing lasts (the mold that the shoes are built on), cutting upper and sole shapes, as well as experimenting with the use of different components and various materials. By speaking to the cobblers in their own "professional shoemaker's language" they were able to set the highest standards at the factory.
From the beginning, careful attention was paid to the quality of the sound produced by the footwork. Through the choice of suitable materials and shapes, Miller & Ben were able to achieve the goal of building a superb 'Musical Tap Instrument'.
In mid 2000, Avi & Ofer relocated their offices to New York City, where they began to present the The Big Apple Tap Festival (formerly known as Tradition In Tap), and regularly 'team-teach' at Broadway Dance Center. They also teach and perform in workshops and festivals all over the world. In February 2003, they started to manufacture their Miller & Ben Tap Shoes in the Far East and to once again distribute them worldwide. All the models and ideas are personally tested at a tap studio by Avi Miller and Ofer Ben as well as by other tap colleagues. Furthermore, any shoe coming out of the factory is carefully inspected by either Miller or Ben.Miller & Ben Tap Shoes:
One of the world's best 'Musical Tap Instruments', cleverly disguised as elegant, comfortable, well-made shoes, in ten different models:
Available in standard - 'All Black', 'All White', 'Black & White', 'Skin Tan', 'Royal' formats, and 52 Custom Colors & patterns.
The shoes are designed in 92 various sizes and widths - half sizes from European 34 to 50 (US women's 3 to US men's 15), in Narrow, Regular & Wide. They can also be ordered in three 'Orthodic Enabled' options - all to accommodate the needs of the individual shapes of 'those dancing feet'...