I am a Scottish country and ladies' step dancer, and for SCD we wear a
very wide variety of shoes. Some women wear ghillies (generally black), but
most wear pumps. Many prefer a full sole pump because their feet are
sensitive to the pleats in a three-quarter sole; the full sole James Senior
styles from Scotland are very popular because of this--and because of the
colour range (royal blue, emerald green, red, metallic gold!). However,
many dancers also wear the three-quarter ballet style, and chose shoes from
a wide variety of manufacturers, depending on style preferences and the
peculiarities of the foot in question. Black is certainly the most popular
colour; pink is perhaps seen as too "balletic", white gets dirty quickly,
and other colours are usually "special order," in a ballet-style shoe.
That's how it is in eastern Canada, anyway!
Elaine Hoag, Ottawa