Ballet Pointe Shoes
All You'll Ever Need To Know

Ballet Pointe Shoes are a key part of a ballet dancer's journey and a moment every young ballerina hopes to reach. It takes practice, patience and persistence to dance effortlessly on pointe, but it is possible!

As a young dancer, you must be one step ahead and gain as much knowledge as possible on ballet point shoes. It takes time to progress and build the strength to feel strong on pointe.

Pointe work is an exciting journey for every dancer.

However, it certainly is not a natural skill to dance in ballerina slippers.

Remember, those glorious ballerinas you see on stage have been practicing on their pointes for at least 10 years or more.



"Am I Ready for Ballet Pointe Shoes?"

You can share your experiences or ask any questions at the bottom of this Pointe Shoes Page‏. I designed this special visitor sections just for you to have your say.

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).

Of course, every dreaming dancer wants to start wearing pointe ballet shoes. I could not wait to start pointe and I even remember the magical moment right until this day. Although, it was more painful that I expected! 

I trusted the guidance of my ballet teacher when I was younger and began pointe work at my local dance school, aged 11 years old.

At some stage, you will reach the time to start pointe work too. It is an entirely individual journey that can depends on many factors such as your age, ability and strength. 

If you have not started pointe work yet, but you think you're ready, then be take some time to ask yourself some questions - 

How long have you been studying ballet?

Are you stable on your in your ballet flat shoes?

Are you confident in rises and releves on demi-pointe?

Pointe can feel like a real challenge at the beginning, yet it is possible to survive in pointe dance if you know how. Think about pre-pointe training and be sure to take a quick look at Lisa's pre-pointe video. It will prepare you feet and ankles for the challenges of real pointe work.


"Ballet Pointe Shoes" painted by © Olivia Holland 


Find Your Perfect Ballet Pointe Shoes

Searching for the perfect pair of ballet pointe shoes certainly does take a lot of experimenting. I still even hear professional ballet dancers saying they haven't found their 'perfect' shoes yet. It's like a never-ending process, however, the very first pair you get is really important to get right.

Your pointe shoes must guide you through the early demands of pointe work and be strong and supportive to fit exactly to your foot shape.


Bloch pointe shoes were my very first pair of pointe shoes.

Bloch are strong and supportive with many different styles to choose from.

They were perfect choice for me when I started pointe!

There are also many other pointe shoe brands to choose from including Grishko, BlochGaynor Minden ,Capezio and Freed.


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Fitting Your Pointe Shoes

Ballet toe shoes have many crucial components such as the toe box, the shank and the sole. It is essential to get the whole pointe shoe to fit correctly, because if they are slightly too small or narrow it can put your poor feet into more unnecessary pain!

Your pointe shoes should feel snug and you should be able to do a demi-plie with all your toes still staying flat in the shoe, and not squashing together. If the pointe shoes doe not fit right, you are more likely to develop bunions, blisters and sore feet. So, it's really important to be extra cautious! 

Don't forget to get your ballet pointe shoes fitted with the padding you are going to wear, as this will make a difference to how the shoe fits.

You can put animal wool in the botom of the shoe, or wear ouch pouches on your toes, which is usually made from a thin layer of gel inside a fabric pouch.

You can also tape the toes with plasters if you have particular pressure points to prevent blisters.

Once you reach a professional dancer your pointe shoes are paid for (which is a real luxury!) unlike when you're a student. I know how it feels to live on a budget with your pointe shoes.

Cheap pointe shoes can be hard to find, as they are generally very expensive. You can make them last longer, but every dancer's pointe shoes will break down eventually because the material naturally softens under heat, usage and pressure.

Did you know? 

Often in performances, professional ballet dancers are required to have not just the typical satin pointe shoe. For many shows, I coloured my own pointe shoes! If you ever need black pointe shoes, you can dye them yourself or colour them in with a black permanent marker.


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