Pointe Shoe Fittings- Everything you need to know
Preparing for your fitting:
- Make sure your teacher has told you that you are ready for pointe
- Confirm with your teacher what type of padding you are allowed to have or not allowed to have (i.e. ouch pouches)
- If you have had pointe shoes before we recommend bringing them with you along with any accessories you wear inside of your shoes. This helps our staff assess your needs and provide the best fit for you
- Come to your fitting with trimmed toenails and any blisters bandaged
During your fitting:
- We don’t require appointments for pointe shoe fittings
- If you are a teacher coming in with a large group we would be happy to accommodate you before or after our store hours just call our store at (306)955-2808 to set up a time
- Pointe shoes can take some time to find the perfect fit, sometimes taking up to 30 minutes
After your fitting:
- Show them to your teacher before sewing ribbons
- If for any reason the fit is not what your teacher wants they may be returned or exchanged as long as the shoes have not been worn and the ribbons have not been sewn on
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I buy my pointe shoes with growing room?
Pointe shoes need to fit snugly in order to provide the support you need. Pointe shoes that are too large may cause blisters, damaged toe nails and possibly more serious injuries to your feet and ankles.
How long will my pointe shoes last?
This is different for every person! Many factors affect this including the strength of your pointe shoe, the strength of your feet and ankles and how many pointe classes you are taking a week. Professional ballerinas commonly use a new pair for every performance however, for most dancers we see, the shoes typically last from a few months to a year.
How do I know when I need a new pair?
The box, platform and shank will break down as you wear your shoes, eventually one of these parts will break down to the point where support is lacking. It is usually time for a new pair when you feel your foot is no longer being supported. Your teacher will also be able to help you decide if it is time for a new pair.
Why are there so many different brands and styles of pointe shoes?
Since pointe shoes need to fit snugly to the foot there is many different brands and styles to fit all different shapes of feet. The strength of your feet and ankles, the length and width of you feet, overall foot shape and arch are the main components taken into account when selecting a shoe for you. This is why it is best to come in and get fitted!
How do I care for my pointe shoes?
It is important that your pointe shoes dry between wears. It is best to remove the padding from your shoes and take them out of your dance bag to let them dry. Pointe shoes are constructed with glue, this glue breaks down from the heat and sweat from your foot. If your shoes do not dry the glue will break down much faster, requiring a new pair to be purchased sooner.