Tips on Buying New Pointe Shoes

All Blogs, Ballet / Friday, December 28th, 2018

Pointe shoes are essential to ballet, enabling our dancers to give their best performances. Moving up to pointe shoes is a very exciting time in every ballerinas life. Now we share some tips on buying pointe shoes.

  • Buy Two Pairs of Pointe Shoes Every Time

Pointe shoes generally last 10-20 hours and wearing shoes that haven’t had at least 24-36 hours to dry between uses causes them to break down even faster. The idea of buying two pairs of pointe shoes every time you come in for a fitting may seem expensive, but rotating between a few pairs will help extend the life of each pair and will reduce the need to purchases another pair as quickly.

  • About Size

Choose right size to make sure pointe shoes are comfortable.  

Pointe shoes aren’t supposed to fit like your street shoes! Your new shoes should feel snug, and there will be some pressure at the end of the shoe but you should be able to wiggle your toes slightly. Pointe shoes shouldn’t feel roomy and they definitely won’t be as comfortable as your other dance shoes. When standing flat or in a demi-plie, your big toe should be pressing against the end of the shoe but should not be curled or pushed back in any way. When en pointe, it is normal for the material at the heel to “bag” slightly. A pointe shoe that fits properly will give gentle support but not prop up the dancer’s foot.

Remember, pointe shoes that are too big don’t fit. Pointe shoes are designed to fit very closely with the shape of your foot, making it dangerous to wear a pointe shoe that is too big and that has room for growth. Shoes that are too big can’t provide the necessary support for the foot and may cause calluses, bruises to joints, and even injuries to ankles and toe-joints by letting the foot move about inside the shoe.

  • Break in New Shoes Carefully

Many dancers show you how to break in pointe shoes. Maybe you can’t wait to get them home and tear into them. DON’T DO IT. Every dancer has their own habits. Professionals only need to make the shoe last one performance. You’re going to need it much longer than that. Some extreme measures will shorten the life of your shoe and could cause serious injuries. You can also seek advice from your teachers that will be right for you, but here are a few of our tips that you can follow.

Following techniques we recommend

– To identify where your natural arch “breaks” in the shoe, try doing some tendus to the side, leaning heavily into the foot en pointe. After repeating this several times, remove the pointe shoe and following the shape your arch has made, gently bend the shoe with your hands. Repeat this on both sides.

– The block can be softened slightly by doing rises through the foot onto demi-pointe, continuing to full pointe while holding onto the barre. Repeat this exercise several times.  

– Over time, heat and perspiration from working in the shoe will continue to mould the shoe as you dance.  

– If you feel pressure from one part of the block, you can apply small amounts of water or rubbing alcohol onto that area of the shoe to soften it.

  • Foot and Toe Padding

There are many different types of toe pads available, but dancers need to remember their purpose is to relieve pressure, not to fill up the block of the shoe. For this reason try to avoid padding that is too thick or bulky – some padding is made from foam or silicone gel and doesn’t allow the dancer to feel the floor through their shoes. Instead, we recommend a small amount of lamb’s wool or a slim toe pad made of a very thin layer of fabric-covered gel. Dancers may also use white cotton medical tape and toe caps or toe sleeves to protect individual toes as well.

  • Label the shoes

New pointe shoes are not shaped to a right or left foot. This happens gradually as you wear the shoes, so it’s helpful label the shoes right and left after your first class and wear them on the same feet each time. After several classes, you will be able to see which shoe has moulded to each foot.

  • About Brand

Are products from more famous brands usually better than the less respected and cheaper ones ?Does this mean that cheaper brands don’t deliver quality? Absolutely not. They may well deliver higher standards of quality precisely because they are unknown and want to break into the market, or simply because they have found cheaper ways to deliver the same or even a superior level of quality. For consumables like pointe shoes,you just make sure you are comfortable.  

Before you Go!

Remember our brand Zkaka (Professional Dancewear, Ballet &Latin& Belly Dance).

It’s New Year so there will be some great deals out .Happy shopping!

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