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This new Ava pump from Antonio Pacelli is taking the Irish dance world by storm!
It has been designed with soft leather uppers which form to the foot very quickly but don't overstretch after extended wear.
They have a pre-lasted arch shape so they hug the foot and show off the dancer's point beautifully!
The Ava pump has a higher back (similar to the Hullachan H4) and is a great choice for dancers who have had issues with pumps falling down at the heel.
The pump has the same toe shape as the popular Hullachan range.
The Ava looks very tidy and neat on the foot and comes fitted with ankle eyelets and elastic side loops for a close elegant fit around the ankle.
The Ava is also fitted with high impact Poron insoles to protect your joints and is designed to absorb landing impact and reduce fatigue, allowing you to dance at optimal levels for longer.
An amazing pump for Intermediate or Open dancers at a very competitive price.
Click here for the Ava Sizing Guide
27 June 2018
My daughter absolutely loves these new pumps! She has had previous issues with pumps slipping down at her heel so the higher heel on these is great, she’s so happy she now has a pump that sits so well and secure on her heel! She also loves the cushioning inside, will definately be getting these again when she needs a new pair. Thanks so much, it was great speedy delivery too
1 November 2018
My daughter loves them. She finds them very comfy. They have stretched slightly and have molded around her feet lovely. She has had hullachan reds and hullachan 3 also elites but these are by far her favourite
Thank you for all the help you gave her
2 November 2018
My daughter is really pleased with her pumps. She finds them very comfortable, light and easy to dance in.
We had really good customer service from you at Antonio Pacelli as we weren’t sure about sizing, but we were reassured that the shoes would fit and adapt to the shape of the foot. And indeed they have. So thank you very much for your help!
Corinna, Co Westmeath
5 November 2018
Love them! Bought them for my two daughters. The fit & arch in them is beautiful. Took a week to stretch but very comfortable! Had halluchans & Aoife pomps previously but prefer these.
Chloe, Isle of Wight
9 November 2018
I love them! They’re so comfy and soft, they didn’t take long break in. I would definitely get them again, I’ve recommended them to another dancer
21 November 2018
I had never worn these shoes before but now that I have, I really like them. They support my feet well and help me get higher on my toes.
Sylvie, age 11
6 December 2018
My daughter absolutely adores her shoes! She says that they are very comfortable. They are a fab snug fit and she’s enjoyed practicing and competing in them. (Even got 2 1st places in them at the regionals last month!- so they have broke in well!!)
18 December 2018
The Ava’s have been comfortable from the first time my daughter wore them . They have kept their shape, look lovely and most importantly for me, they don’t slip off the heel
4 January 2019
Omg teacher loves them and is now recommending them over Hullachans. The dancer is very happy with them too, they are so soft and hug the heels better.
15 January 2019
My daughter loves them. She says they are a better fit than her Rutherford pumps, and are more comfortable than her Hullachan 4s. She liked them so much I ordered her a 2nd pair and then ordered 2 pair for my older daughter to try.
21 January 2019
My 8 year old loves them, they wrap better around her heel, give her a better pointed toe, and this weekend at the Feis she came first in one dance, second in another and did really well in others too. After looking at the pumps her teacher recommended the same to another of the girls in our group.
So, yes, they’re great.
4 June 2019
My daughter LOVES these. They are comfortable and the fit is fabulous.
4 November 2019
These is only my second pair of soft shoes ever since I started dancing but I can say these shoes are very soft and hug the feet perfectly. They seem to provide good support, so I think they’re good for people with balance issues.
If you would like to exchange then please send back the unwanted item for a refund and reorder the new size online.
Please send your return directly to our warehouse address:
14 Hallmark Trading Estate
Do not worry if you have sent your return to our temporary address. It will still be forwarded to our warehouse for processing.
Please send on a recorded delivery service so you have a tracking number and proof of posting. We cannot accept responsibility for any items lost in transit.
Please allow 2 days for your return or exchange to be processed.
Click here for more information on our reduced service levels during this time.
The information below is still relevant so please do take the time to read before sending any items to us.
We are happy to exchange or refund any purchase within 30 days as long as the item has not been worn or soiled (please note that this excludes show shoes and any products made to your bespoke requirements - in these instances we strongly recommend that you are confident about the sizing before ordering). We do extend our returns period over the Christmas period to cover early purchases which then need to be exchanged or refunded.
We recommend that you test the fit of any pumps or jig shoes on carpet to avoid marking the soles. Please note that we cannot refund or exchange pumps or shoes that have been worn at a dance class unless faulty.
If you need to return an item please click here to print off a returns form to complete and return with the parcel
Please include a copy of the delivery note or invoice which came with the parcel and note on it what action you would like us to take.
The customer is responsible for the cost of return unless the item was sent out incorrectly or is faulty.
When returning incorrect or faulty items please note we will only refund return postage up to the value of the original postage paid for the order. Please, therefore, do not return items using a postage service such as an express courier service which costs more than the original outbound postage from us.
We do recommend that you send any return on a recorded delivery service as we are unable to exchange or refund until it is received by our returns department.
If you originally paid via Paypal then we will email you a payment link once we receive the return with the amount due for you to make the required payment online. Once this has been received we will process and despatch your exchange.
If the original item was sent out incorrectly or is faulty then the replacement item will be sent out postage free and the cost of returning it to us refunded to your card.
Top Tip: If you are in a hurry for the replacement item then we recommend that you reorder the correct item(s) from our website and then send the incorrect item back for a refund!
**Please note that these times may be affected by delays due to Covid **
Delivery Region and Country
Delivery time (in working days)
United Kingdom Delivery Region
|Isle of Man||2 to 3|
|United Kingdom||2 to 3|
|Northern Ireland||2 to 3|
Channel Islands Delivery Region
|Guernsey||2 to 3|
|Jersey||2 to 3|
Ireland Delivery Region
|Ireland||3 to 5|
Mainland Western Europe Delivery Region
|Belgium||3 to 5|
|Denmark||3 to 5|
|France||3 to 5|
|Germany||3 to 5|
|Italy||3 to 5|
|Luxembourg||3 to 5|
|Monaco||3 to 5|
|Netherlands||3 to 5|
|Portugal||3 to 5|
|Spain||3 to 5|
Rest of Europe Delivery Region
|Albania||3 to 5|
|Austria||3 to 5|
|Belarus||3 to 5|
|Bosnia/Herzegovina||3 to 5|
|Bulgaria||3 to 5|
|Croatia||3 to 5|
|Cyprus||3 to 5|
|Czech Rep||3 to 5|
|Estonia||3 to 5|
|Finland||3 to 5|
|Gibraltar||3 to 5|
|Greece||3 to 5|
|Hungary||3 to 5|
|Latvia||3 to 5|
|Liechtenstein||3 to 5|
|Lithuania||3 to 5|
|Macedonia||3 to 5|
|Malta||3 to 5|
|Norway||3 to 5|
|Poland||3 to 5|
|Romania||3 to 5|
|Russian Federation||3 to 5|
|Serbia/Montenegro||3 to 5|
|Slovakia||3 to 5|
|Slovenia||3 to 5|
|Sweden||3 to 5|
|Switzerland||3 to 5|
|Turkey||3 to 5|
|Ukraine||3 to 5|
USA and Canada Delivery Region
|Canada||5 to 7|
|United States||5 to 7|
Australasia and Japan Delivery Region
|Australia||5 to 7|
|Hong Kong||5 to 7|
|Japan||5 to 7|
|New Zealand||5 to 7|
|Singapore||5 to 7|
|Taiwan||5 to 7|
South Africa Delivery Region
|South Africa||5 to 7|
Rest of the World Delivery Region
|Everywhere Else!||5 to 12|
Please note if you ask us to leave your order somewhere on your property (e.g. in the porch, hide under hedge) so no signature is taken, then you will not be able to claim for a lost parcel in the event of it going missing.
We are happy to comply with your instructions but we do recommend that if you are unable to sign for the parcel that you get it delivered to a friendly neighbour.
If you are not in then a ‘called while you were out’ card will be left.
You can then arrange to get it redelivered to your address or collect from your local post office or sorting office.
Hotel deliveries can be difficult due to the busy nature of their receptions desks and the number of hotel staff required to either handle or store the parcel before it arrives safely with the guest.
Due to this we advise that, wherever possible, you do not select a hotel as the delivery address for your order. If you do nominate a hotel please be aware that unfortunately we cannot accept responsibility for the parcel once the parcels tracking shows it has been successfully delivered to a hotel reception.
We also advise that you make the hotel aware in advance that you are expecting a parcel and that you liaise with them directly regarding collecting your parcel after it has arrived at their reception.
Please measure the length of your foot and refer to the guidelines below for what size to order.
If you require advice on how to do an accurate measurement then please visit our Foot Measuring Page for useful tips and assistance.
This guide is designed for the intermediate dancer. You may want to go a half size larger if you are a beginner or for a smaller size if you are an open dancer.
The measurements given are for the foot length we recommend for each size and DOES NOT indicate the length of the pump as your toes should be slightly curled when first worn.
Please note that this is a guide and does not guarantee the correct fit. For more information on this guide and on fitting pumps correctly then please click here.
To use: Measure your foot and choose the closest size to that measurement. If your foot measurement is between lengths then adjust for your type of foot or preferred fit.
For example, if you have a wide foot, a high instep or are a beginner then go for the size above your foot measurement. If you have a narrow foot or like your pumps very tight to begin with, then go for the size below your measurement. You can find some examples here.
Please Note - Every dancer prefers their pumps to fit in a certain way. Some like them extra tight, others with a little room. Combine this with the fact that everyone's feet are unique in terms of width, length, arch type and height and you can see why pump fitting can be difficult. Hence we only offer this sizing chart as a guide rather than a guaranteed fit.