How do I know which ballet pointe shoes are right for me?
How do I know which ballet pointe shoes are right for me?: -
I typically buy Bloch but there are many variations of them. I need shoes that I can break in quickly and shoes that show my arch. The last shoe I bought was a 4 E but my feet have grown and I'm not sure what size or style I should have. Also you can't see my arch on one side of my foot(the outer). Any suggestions? Thanks your awesome!
Reply by Odette
To: - How do I know which ballet pointe shoes are right for me?
Thank you for sharing your ballet pointe shoes queries with me. As a student, I was having all the same dilemmas and thoughts as you with my ballet pointe shoes. It took me a while to find my "perfect" pair of shoes, but with a lot of experimenting I did find the right pair! So don't worry - you can find the right pair too!
If you haven't already, I suggest you look at my bloch pointe shoes
page which gives you more information on the brand.
Although it may seem overwhelming at first, it is a good thing there are so many variations and styles of shoes. It means there WILL be a pair to suit your feet, you just have to find it and be very pro active.
Once you've established the brand of pointe shoe you like
you can then look into the different variations within the brand. So, if you like the brand, Bloch, then that is a big step to finding your ideal pair.
Bloch do have many different styles within the brand. I previously wore Aspiration as a student and found they were a very comfortable and secure shoe.
It sounds as though you're at the stage where you need to go out to various pointe shoe shops and have your feet properly fitted. This is what I did and I found it very beneficial.
I traveled to my nearest city to find the official ballet pointe shoes shops, such as Bloch. The people who work in the Bloch shops are very experienced and know a lot about all the variations of shoes.
They will be able to assist you with what size or style you should have.
It's essential to have pointe shoes that fit correctly so that would be my main suggestion - Plan a day to go to a proper dance shop and have your feet personally fitted to a pair of pointe shoes.
Make it an adventure of it and be patient. It takes some experimenting before finding the perfect pair!
Keep in touch and let me know how you get on. I'll always be happy to help!
All the best
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go to my 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page