Our trained, professional fitters offer years of experience in matching a dancer's unique foot shape and her individual technique with the best-fitting, properly supportive shoe.
If you are planning on purchasing pointe shoes, please call and set up an appointment with one of our professional pointe shoe fitters.
- Some teachers like to attend the first pointe shoe fitting with their students.
- Most teachers require approval of a student's first pair of pointe shoes before allowing them to be sewn or worn in class.
- Do NOT sew ribbons on the shoes or allow them to be worn or get soiled before you get your teacher's approval.
- Shoes that have been sewn, are dirty, or have been worn during class cannot be returned.
- Pointe shoes must fit snugly. Loose shoes increase the chance of injury, so it is impossible to buy a properly-fitting shoe "to grow into".
- The fitter will ask questions to determine the fit of the shoes. The dancer should accurately communicate what she is feeling.
- Ask the teacher, or one of our helpful fitters, for tips on attaching ribbons or elastic once the shoes have been approved.
Preparing for a Pointe Shoe Fitting:
Wear clothing that is comfortable but not baggy, so that the fitter can see the dancer's placement throughout their body.
The fitter must have access to bare feet and ankles. If tights are worn, they must be convertible.
Before the fitting, wash and dry the feet and clip toenails.
Stretch the feet and ankles gently to avoid strain while on pointe.
- Pointe shoes should be snug and supportive, but not painful. Be prepared to communicate to the fitter exactly what the feet are feeling.
In a Properly Fitting Shoe:
- The toe box sits smoothly against the toes, with the big toe nestled comfortably in the end of the toe box when the dancer does a plie.
- All five toes should lie flat against the insole.
- The heel is snug when the dancer stands flat; on pointe there will be a pinch in the heel fabric.
- En pointe, weight is evenly distributed on the toes and balanced on the center of the platform.
- Most dancers pad inside the toe box for comfort. Beginning dancers should use padding designed for the type of shoe being worn or lamb's wool.
- Toe spacers, heel pads, etc. should be used only if the teacher or fitter considers them necessary.
Monitoring Shoe Wear:
Because they fit so precisely and provide such important support, pointe shoes must be replaced as soon as they are outgrown or become structurally unsound.
- The dancer's feet grow so that the shoes are uncomfortably tight.
- Her foot shape has changed so that she is no longer supported properly and comfortably
- Her technical development changes the need for a different shape or shank strength
- The shoes start to lose their supportive qualities
You can usually expect about 12 to 15 hours of active wear from a pair of pointe shoes.