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How do I choose the right pointe shoes?

Choosing the right pointe shoes is an exciting topic. Your pointe shoe should optimally support your individual foot. If you are buying pointe shoes for the first time and are unsure which pointe shoes are right for you, we would like to help you with this guide.

• To be able to dance in pointe shoes, you need several years of training.
• Pointe shoes should absolutely sit perfectly.
• The decisive criteria when choosing pointe shoes are Hardness of the sole, the width of the shoe and the length of the blade.

What are pointe shoes?

When do i need pointe shoes?

How do pointe shoes have to fit?

How do you tie pointe shoes correctly?

The pointe shoe is the symbol of ballet par excellence. It stands for top dance performance and gives its wearer a unique grace. Young ballet fans around the world dream of finally floating through the ballet hall in pointe shoes after years of hard training.
The unmistakable characteristic of pointe shoes is the very hard toe, which enables the dancer to stand upright on tiptoe. Inside the shoe, a rubber shaft and a solid plate ensure stability. When the dancer stands "en pointe", a joint support helps to keep the foot firmly in the shoe.
The shoes have a wide footprint for a secure hold on the tip. A leather sole sits on the outside. The pointe shoe is laced with delicate satin ribbons. Even if there are now many dance styles in which shoes do not play such a decisive role, the pointe shoe remains indispensable in ballet.

When do i need pointe shoes?

Beginners usually complete their first dance steps in ballet shoes made of linen or leather. Their shape corresponds to simple slippers that are firmly attached to the foot by means of a drawstring and cross-elastic bands. Dancing in pointe shoes only begins when the joints and muscles are strong enough. This is because the feet and ankles are exposed to high levels of stress when dancing to the top.

So you should have a few years of ballet lessons before you slip into your pointe shoes. When a dancer - or a dancer - is ready to start with the pointe dance, judges the ballet teacher. The minimum age is usually twelve years.

How to find the right size for pointe shoes

Stand with your feet parallel to each other and flat on the floor. If your toes hit the tip of your shoe and you can't straighten them properly, the shoe is too small. If, on the other hand, the toes can move freely and you slip out on the heel, the shoe is too big.

Every foot is different. For example, a pointe shoe that is perfect for one ballerina may be completely unsuitable for her dance friend. That doesn't necessarily make choosing the right dance shoe any easier. It is particularly difficult for ballet beginners to find the right pointe shoes.

These are the characteristics of pointe shoes that matter

Pointe shoes are available with soft, medium-hard or hard soles. The reinforcement that allows you to stand on top is called the joint brace. It varies by brand. Therefore, you should definitely test the comfort of the different models. To find the right level of hardness for you, put your shoe on and stand on the tip. Ideally, the sole should be slightly curved. If it remains too stiff, it means that your foot is not yet strong enough for the hardness of this sole. If, on the other hand, the sole is too flexible, your instep is well developed. In this case, you should choose a higher degree of hardness.

Pointe shoes come in different widths: narrow box, medium box and wide box. To find the right shoe for you, do the following test: If you feel too constricted at the toe joint when transitioning from half point to point, the shoe is not wide enough; However, if your foot slips back and forth in the shoe, you'd better choose a narrower model.

Pointe shoes are available with soft, medium-hard or hard soles. The reinforcement that allows you to stand on top is called the joint brace. It varies by brand. Therefore, you should definitely test the comfort of the different models. To find the right level of hardness for you, put your shoe on and stand on the tip. Ideally, the sole should be slightly curved. If it remains too stiff, it means that your foot is not yet strong enough for the hardness of this sole. If, on the other hand, the sole is too flexible, your instep is well developed. In this case, you should choose a higher degree of hardness.

Pointe shoes come in different widths: narrow box, medium box and wide box. To find the right shoe for you, do the following test: If you feel too constricted at the toe joint when transitioning from half point to point, the shoe is not wide enough; However, if your foot slips back and forth in the shoe, you'd better choose a narrower model.

The sheet corresponds to the upper part of the shoe (from the base to the drawstring). It should cover the toes up to the joint. If the sheet is too long for the foot, you will not be able to stand properly on the surface of the pointe shoes and the transition over the half-toe position will be blocked. Make sure you choose your pointe shoes according to your foot shape and toe length!

Our tip for the first pointe shoes

Pay attention to one if possible wide and stable footprint, a soft and flexible insole and a high toe cap. So you have a secure footing and can roll your foot optimally, which makes the transition to the tip easier.

To save the dancer having to put on toe pads, some models already have a special shell. A plus point to relieve the pain when dancing toe-to-toe.

How do you tie pointe shoes correctly?

Tying pointe shoes is easier than you might think. Start with the inner shoelace and pull it forward across the inside of the ankle. Make sure that you run the tape diagonally, so neither too steep nor too flat. Now pull the pointe shoe strap over the outside of your ankle, around the back of the Achilles tendon and then all the way around the ankle.

So that the inner shoelace stays in the right shape during the following step, hold the ribbon taut with your hand. Now you put the outer band around the front of the ankle, pull it over the inside to the back around the Achilles tendon and over the outside again to the front.

To knot, bring both shoelaces together on the inside of your leg. Be careful not to knot the straps too tight or too loosely. To prevent the ends from getting in the way of dancing, you put them inside each other, wrap them up and hide them together with the knot from above under the already tied laces. Finished!

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