It is very important to find the right pointe shoe if you want to improve your technique, feel as little pain as possible, and keep your feet healthy. You might have to try a few different brands before you find the one that works for you.
First of all, don’t just pick a shoe based on its name or what people say about it. Your pointe shoe will have a big effect on how you dance, so it’s important to choose the right one with care. Here’s how to choose the right pointe shoe, but you should always go to a specialty store to make sure the fit is right.
Pointe Shoes Bloch
There are different styles of Bloch pointe shoes, such as the Sylphide, Sonata, Suprima, Serenade, Aspiration, Concerta, Triomphe, and Alpha 34 Sole. The Sylphide, Sonata, or Suprima are all good dances for people who are just starting out. The Sylphide is wider than other Bloch pointe shoes, which makes it easier for new dancers with untrained feet to roll up on pointe.
The Suprima is comfortable for both beginners and experienced dancers because it is flexible and has good arch support. Keep in mind that some Bloch pointe shoes have a narrower box and a tight heel, which are not good for a “fleshy” foot. Pointe shoes like the Aspiration and Alpha are made for more advanced students. These shoes have a more flexible arch, but you shouldn’t wear them if your feet and ankles aren’t strong.
Capezio Pointe Shoes
There are different styles of Capezio Pointe Shoes, and each one is made for a different purpose. The original Glissé features a hard shank, broad toe-box, and a U-shaped vamp to allow dancers to roll up to pointe comfortably. The only difference is that the Glissé ES has a harder shank. The Glissé Pro and Pro ES are made for dancers with more experience. They have a lower side and back height and a medium or hard shank, depending on which one you choose. The Demi Soft, which doesn’t have a shank, is based on the Glissé and is made for pre-pointe students.
Dancers who need a vamp that goes beyond the toe should use the Plié style. Plié I has a medium shank, and Plié II has a #5 shank, which is harder. The Tendu style has a medium shank, and a short time it takes to break in. The box and platform of Tendu II are bigger. Both Aerial and Pavlowa shoes have a tapered box in the Russian style. The Aerial is best for supporting high arches, while the Pavlowa has a harder shank, longer vamp, and higher heel. The Contempora is a wide-platform shoe with a longer vamp and lower heel that is made in the American style.
Pointe Shoes Freed
There are three styles of Freed Pointe shoes: Classic, Studio, and Studio Pro. The different lines are each made for a certain level of dancers and their physical needs. The Classic is made by hand and is made to meet the needs of experienced or professional dancers. It has a deep, round vamp, but people who need more support will like the Classic Wing Block, which has a deep V-cut vamp and a stronger insole.
The Studio line is for young dancers and gives them more support. The Studio II style is lower and has a wider platform than the original. The Studio Pro is also made for younger dancers, but it has a more flexible V-shaped vamp and 34 shanks.
Grishko Pointe Shoes
Grishko Pointe shoes come in both Eleve and Releve styles. The Ulanova I and II are part of the Eleve. These are shoes for dancers who have been told to roll up on pointe. On www.balletdancestudio.com, you can find out more about dancing en pointe. Ulanova I has a medium-height vamp and a box that can be used by dancers with toes that are the same length or a little bit different. Ulanova II has a deep vamp, so dancers with long toes or narrow feet should wear it.
The Releve Fouette and Vaganova styles are made for the Russian style of “springing on point.” The vamp and box of the Vaganova are both deep. This style works best for dancers whose arches are flexible, whose toes are long, or whose feet are narrow. The Fouette is best for dancers whose toes are shorter or whose feet are wider than their toes. It has a wide box and a wide platform.
Gaynor Minden Pointe Shoes
Gaynor Mindon Pointe shoes are not the same as other brands. Gaynor Mindon makes shoes with six different fitting options: shank, vamp, heel, regular fit, sleek fit, and size. Most shoemakers offer a variety of styles. Having so many options can be confusing, but dancers like this brand because they can make their shoes fit like they were made for them. All of the shoes in the line are made to reduce the shock of impact and fit all types of feet comfortably. Shank options run from flexible/little support to hard/ample support. From soft to hard, Pianissimo, Featherflex, Supple, Extraflex, and Hard are the options for shanks. Vamp options include Regular, Deep, and Sleek.
A dancer with a strong arch should choose a deep vamp, while a dancer with a wide ball and narrow heel should choose a sleek vamp. There are high heels, regular heels, low heels, and “sleek” heels. Choosing between them is mostly about how comfortable you want to be. The only difference between Regular fit and Narrow fit shoes is the width. Narrow-fit shoes also have fewer heel and vamp options.
The Pointe Shoes of Suffolk
The Solo is a pair of Pointe shoes from Suffolk. It has a slightly tapered box and a longer vamp. It can be bought with a Standard insole, a Hard insole, or a Light insole. All but Light have a standard box that gives most dancers the same level of support. The Light version is a flexible choice made to make it easier for dancers to get on pointe. Hard insoles come with either a full shank or a 3/4 shank, so dancers can choose how much support and flexibility they want. No matter which style you choose, the Solo Pointe shoe has a low profile that makes the metatarsal area comfortable without giving up support or function.
How to choose the right pointe shoe for ballet dancing?
There is no one shoe that is better than every other shoe in every way. It really comes down to making sure that the right shoe fits your foot. Be careful about what other dancers tell you because your feet are different from theirs, and their shoes may hurt you a lot.
You now know the most popular brands of pointe shoes and how they differ. You should have a good idea of which shoe style and brand will fit your feet the best. I think you should look for a good dance store with a good shoe fitter. Ask them to show you how to try on different shoes and figure out which one will fit your feet the best.