Most Frequently Asked Quesions

Where can I purchase Hullachan products from?

I have created this site to illustrate the current range of Hullachan shoes for Irish dancing and for Highland dancing.

We do not offer the facilities to purchase online. You can purchase our range from most good Irish dance and Highland vendors around the world so please speak to your favourite vendor.

However, if you are looking to purchase online then I would recommend who stock the complete Hullachan range and hold large stocks of all styles.

I have added a buy link on each product page which will take you through to the relevant page on the Antonio Pacelli website for your convenience.

If you are visiting London then why not come and visit the Antonio Pacelli shop. They keep a complete range of Hullachan products in stock so you will always find the size and style you are looking for! You can find out more about their shop and opening hours by click here.

What size should I order?

Getting the correct pump can be difficult, especially if it is the first time you have purchased a particular style.

Hullachan and Antonio Pacelli have tried to make this as easy as possible by offering sizing guidance on each style as sizing does differ between models.

You will find detailed sizing guidance on the Antonio Pacelli product page for each style. Simply measure the length of your foot and use their size charts to purchase the required size.

What width should I order?

I have designed a lot of the Hullachan models in 3 widths. The narrow is 2mm narrower than the medium fitting and the wide is 2mm wider than medium fit.

This may not seem much but you will see the difference when trying them on. Some dancers ask me if they should go for the narrow or wide and without seeing their feet it is difficult to say.

If you have trouble with getting a comfortable width in your everyday shoes then I would always recommend a wide fitting. Narrow is the best fitting for dancers who find normal shoes roomy or who have narrow ankles.

Can I order more pairs than I need to try on?

Antonio Pacelli are happy to send out more pairs than you need so you can get the right fit. They will charge for all the pairs sent but will refund your credit card when they receive back the unwanted pairs. If you are clever you can get the shoes returned before your credit card bill is due and hence only pay for the size that you have kept.

If ordering from another vendor then please check their individual policy before ordering.

Do I have to pay the postage to return items?

Unless an error has been made in your order then yes, it is probable that you would be responsible for the cost of sending back any unwanted pairs.

When returning items, especially from outside the EU, please remember to mark both the box and customs slip ‘Returning to Manufacturer’ to ensure they do not get caught in customs and possibly incur customs charges.

However, I recommend you speak to the vendor purchased from for clarification of their individual policy.

How long should my pumps last?

Let me give you some comparisons.

A runner will expect a pair of running shoes to last 200 to 300 miles. That can equate to two or three weeks. The shoes look fine but the support will have gone. A ballerina can go through a pair of Pointe Shoes in one performance.

Hullachan Dance shoes are no different depending on the level at which you dance. A novice can expect around four to six months from shoes depending on the growth of the dancer. A professional dancer at championship level will probably go through shoes three times a year or every four to six weeks. After a year your shoes may still look alright but the support may well have gone and the leather stretched too much. While we do not make shoes in leather that over-stretches the material is never the less organic and as such may eventually breakdown with bacteria from the foot’s perspiration.

In all instances please read my Aftercare Article in the blog section to increase the life of your shoes and to help them stand up to the rigours of dance, practice and competition.

Where can I find a local Hullachan Pro vendor?

If you would prefer to be fitted by a local fitter then please email and we can search for a stockist in your area.