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Professional Pointe Shoe Advice


Should I always buy the same pointe shoes?

Posted by [email protected] on August 27, 2011 at 5:15 AM

You will find that as you dance en pointe your feet will change shape and you will build up the strength in your feet. Because of this it is important to be refitted each time you need pointe shoes. This will enable your qualified fitter to look at your progress in your last shoes, and factor that in as they fit you for your next pair.

If your feet are still growing then you definitely need refitting as it is not just the length of the shoe that may need to be changed. Your fitter will also check whether you need a different shape, width or strength of shoe.

You  may find that you go through many different pointe shoes before you do find a pair of pointe shoes that are ideal for you. To speed up  this process, though, it is good to find a reputable fitter with alot of knowledge of different styles of shoes. If they keep records of the shoes they fit, then I advise that you go back and build up a repor with that fitter. They will quickly come to know your needs very well, and if you have problems then they will have records of these, any causes of these problems and how you have benefitted in certain styles of shoes. Using this information they will be alot closer to finding a pair of pointe shoes that you enjoy dancing in.

Obviously once you are happy with your shoes, you will most likely stay will this size and style of shoe, but a fitter may still feel that a different strength would benefit you, so by being refitted they can check your progress in your shoes, and with your feedback they can make a decision on what to fit.

Once you have had exactly the same shoes 2 or 3 times, then you will likely stay with this for quite a long time. It is important to note that technology is always changing with pointe shoes and a good pointe shoe fitter will keep up to date with this information. You may find that a newer shoe or style is available and with the fitters knowledge they may recommend a new style that you may find suitable for your dancing.

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