YOU ARE NOW READY FOR YOUR FIRST PAIR OF POINTE SHOES.
WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT.
PLUS YOU'VE BEEN UPGRADED ON YOUR VIRTUAL HQ TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THE POINTE WORK SECTION.
CONGRATULATIONS, you are now ready for your first pair of pointe shoes. The prices range from £40 – £70 depending on the make best suited to your daughters length, width & strength of foot. Pointe shoes must be fitted with great care; Miss Shellie is experienced in the fitting of pointe shoes & will gladly take the time to find the correct shoe for you. Alternatively an experienced sales person must fit them as the wrong pair of shoes can result in great discomfort & possible injury.
Padding is also required for the toe area. There are many methods used from taping the toes together to wrapping them in bubble wrap? Most of our students use gel toe pads (ouch pouch) priced at £16 & there are further separate toe pads/bunion guards/toe separators available if the student feels they need further padding moving forwards. Nylon ballet ribbon is used & is usually sewn in the same way as normal soft ballet shoes, this ribbon is available from the school priced £1.20. Most students also use elastic for extra support & this can also be purchased from the school price 20p, Miss Shellie will advise where to sew the elastic for maximum comfort. Extra grip is needed at the toe of the shoe so most of our students cut out the satin tip as the canvas found underneath is non-slip. The toe tip can also be darned for the same purpose but this can be a laborious & time consuming job.
Most new pointe shoes require “breaking in” this process can be done in many different ways, again Miss Shellie will advise. We must stress to you that the life span of a pair of pointe shoes can differ from weeks to months depending on the strength & ability of the dancer & it may take a few attempts to find a shoe that suits the dancer in every way. There must be over 40 different makes & styles of pointe shoe on the market now & each one promotes itself in a different way from flexibility to ease of balance, each one as individual as the dancer wearing them.
If you have any questions at all concerning this important step or would like to make an appointment for a fitting please see Miss Shellie.