Ballet Pointe Shoes Size

by silan
(australia )

Ballet Pointe Shoes Size






hello I am getting my first ballet pointe shoes online but i don't know my size can you tell what size i could be please

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Reply by Odette

To:- Ballet Pointe Shoes Size

ballet pre-pointe
Remember, just like I did before I went en pointe, ballet students MUST take responsibility for their own strengthening prior to beginning pointe work.
Australian dancer, Lisa Howell has made a video which explains how pre-point strengthening works.
Don't leave it to your teacher!
You can watch this pre-pointe video
yourself here
(just wait for the page to load up then the video is on the top right of the page).


Dear Silan,

Thank you for contacting me, it is a pleasure to hear from you.

The size is usually slightly smaller than your outdoor shoes, but still it depends on many factors such as what type on padding you use to allow enough space.

When buying your first pair of ballet pointe shoes, I strongly reccommend you get the shoes personally fitted to your feet. The sizing of ballet pointe shoes greatly depends of which brand you are buying and what foot shape you have. Therefore, it is best to go to a pointe shoe shop for extra guidance.

Once you are happy with the sizing of your first pair of shoes, you could then order them online as you are certain of which size to get.

It is crucial to have enough strength before beginning pointe work. In the video above, Australian dancer, Lisa Howell has made a video which explains how pre-point strengthening works. I would recommend you listening to the advice given here, as Lisa Howell gives some superb tips for pre pointe.

Best Wishes,

Odette

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Ballet Pointe Shoes - Price and Brands

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Price and Brands

I'm getting my pointe shoes and I'm sooo excited. I'm thirteen and I'm hyperventilating cuz I'm so happy! I had to go through this test thing but I passed!

How expensive are pointe shoes? Oh and wats the best brand to you (even though every dancer is an individual and it depends on your feet blah blah blah)

thanks

--Little miss sunshine 90 percent of the time

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Reply by Odette

To:- Ballet Pointe Shoes - Price and Brands

Hello,

Thank you for your query, it is great to hear such enthusiasm on ballet pointe shoes! The price of ballet pointe shoes varies hugely depending on which brand you buy. For example, you can find bloch pointe shoes from £25-£30 ($40- 48) whereas Gaynor Minden pointe shoes are more expensive and range from £50-£70 ($80-$96).

It also depends where you purchase the ballet pointe shoes from. Although I would absolutely advise to buy your first pair from a dance shop where they will be able to personally fit you, you will eventually be able to find superb bargains online.

I find bloch pointe shoes a great brand for students. Bloch are strong and supportive, and have many different styles within the brand. Take a look at my bloch pointe shoes page for more information.

Good luck!

All the best,
Odette

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Reply by Anonymous

Hi,

im also 13 and got my pointe shoes a while ago(love them!) first of all you have to feel comfortable in your pointe shoes. every persons feet are different so even if ur best friend loves her chacotts they might not fit u at all. if u can find one go to the dance store called "cinamon tree" they help u pick out good shoes :) the shoes i like are chacotts w. wool pad: good for long feet and beginners; pretty comfortable but its very easy to kill them if you have strong feet (they were my first pair and they were dead in two weeks bc of my unusually strong feet) my current ones are gainor mindens: love them! super comfortable, really strong, and they have built in pads! plus they have smooshiness on the box so when u land its silent(but no to much so its hard to balance)

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Ballet Pointe Shoes Accessories

My pointe shoes

Ballet Pointe Shoes Accessories

I've just got my first pair of pointe shoes! I've been working for a long time doing instep stretches and other foot exercises everyday etc...
When I went to the shop they gave me these sort of pads, that stick on the end of the shoes to make them last longer (see pictures). I've heard of dancers darning the end of their shoes before but never of these. Do you think I should use them?

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Reply by Odette

To: - Ballet Pointe Shoes Accessories

ballet pre-pointe
Remember, just like I did before I went en pointe, ballet students MUST take responsibility for their own strengthening prior to beginning pointe work.

Australian dancer, Lisa Howell has made a video which explains how pre-point strengthening works.

Don't leave it to your teacher!

You can watch this pre-pointe video
yourself here
(just wait for the page to load up then the video is on the top right of the page).


Hello,

Thank you for your ballet pointe shoes query, it was especially helpful you included a photograph so thank you!

How exciting you have your first pair of pointe shoes! It's great to hear you're preparing yourself and taking responsibility.

The pads you have are called suede tips. They can be used to prevent the dancer from sliding or slipping, and can also make the shoe last longer because they protect the satin. The suede tips are most probably a more modern version of darning. Darning can be quite a long-winded process so these tips are a more accessible alternative.

I have tried these suede tips once before but found they moved out of place on the platform. I reverted to darning just the outside circle of the platform to prevent the satin from tearing. Darning is the traditional method for ballet pointe shoes and sometimes tradition works best!

I wouldn't say the suede tips are essential for pointe work but you can use them if they work well for you.

Let me know how you get on! Good luck!

All the best

Odette


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Ballet Pointe Shoes - Forgetting something?

by Corinne Barber
(USA)

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Forgetting something? : -

Oh no! You forgot about Grishko. They are another brand of well made pointe shoes.

Also, 'Ouch Pouches' are not foam, they are made of gel and lined in fabric.

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Ballet Pointe Shoes - Very First Pair

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Very First Pair

Dear Odette,
I've loved watching ballet since I was about four years old. I took ballet when I was five, but my mother didn't like my ballet teacher, so she took me out of classes a year later. I have been trying to learn ballet lately and I am now twelve. I'm looking online at dance wear solutions. I found a pair of pointe shoes I like, they are made by Bloch. I was wondering if these shoes would be good for beginners on Pointe. Please help! Thank you!


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Reply by Odette

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Very First Pair

Hello,

Thank you for contacting me, it is great to hear your love for ballet.

Having worn Bloch for a good majority of my training as a dancer, I am a great fan of bloch pointe shoes. Bloch were also my very first pair of pointe shoes and they were great for me, so I expect these shoes will be good too for you as a beginner.

Bloch are good for dancers in training because they are strong, supportive and have many different styles within the brand. Personally, I have worn the styles Aspiration, Serenade and TMT Axis. I found aspiration to be my favourite, because I have wide feet and this shoe had a very square box.

Visit my bloch pointe shoes page for more information on this brand.

Good luck with beginning pointe, I'm am always here to answer your questions.

All the best,

Odette

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Choosing First Ballet Pointe Shoes

Choosing First Ballet Pointe Shoes

Hi!
how to choose my first ballet pointe shoes? I have to buy my first ballet pointe shoes and i'm very excited but i don't know what pointe shoe i should buy i hope you can and help me...

THANKS!

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Reply by Odette

To:- Choosing First Ballet Pointe Shoes

Hello,

Thank you for your ballet pointe shoes query, it is great to hear from you.

Firstly, congratulations! This is a very exciting stage for every young ballet dancer, you must be very happy!

There are many different brands of pointe shoes such as Bloch, Freed, Sansha and Grishko. Perhaps ask your ballet teacher which brand she would suggest you to buy.

I would then advise you to take a trip out to your local dance shop. It is best to get your first pair of pointe shoes properly fitted, as it is crucial they fit correctly. Try on a few different brands and see which ones you like the best. The people in the shop will be able to help and make sure the sizing is right for you.

I wore Bloch as my first pair of pointe shoes. They are strong, supportive and have many different styles within the brand.

Take a look at the following pages of my website, you will find them helpful when choosing pointe shoes -

Bloch Pointe Shoes
Ballet Toe Shoes

Good luck and keep in touch!

All the best,

Odette

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