Ballet Point Shoes a Simple Guide to Choose | Dynadans

Ballet Point Shoe

How your foot fits into a ballet point shoe

Dancing in ballet point shoes is probably every ballet-loving fairy's dream. One of the most important things you can do to get started on the pointe is to choose the right pair of ballet point shoes for you.

Ballet point shoes are very different from the soft-soled shoes we usually wear for practice.

The toe shoes are made of a stiffer material to support the foot. The forefoot and heel support the arch of the foot. The top part of the shoe, the toe, is made of a hard material to support the toes and foot. Properly fitting ballet point shoes are important to a dancer's performance and it is often necessary to break the shoes in before wearing them to make them fit more comfortably. They are often used by professional dancers for ballet and ballet theater performances.  

Soft-soled ballet shoes are used throughout a ballerina's career. Ballet point shoes are only used by more professional dancers.

The front of the shoe is made up of layers of cloth glued together with special glue to form a stiff toe (Box) and a small flat at the very front; the sole has a rubber shank inside and a leather sole outside.

The ballet dancer stands up with the help of the plate and uses the small flat at the toe to hold her center of gravity.

How to wear ballet point shoe inserts. To choose a ballet point shoe, be clear about your foot type. After understanding your foot shape, we have to further select toe shoes based on the width of your foot spokes, the length of your feet, the height of your instep and the length of your toes. An important indicator of shoe selection lies in the comfortable fit.

Comfortable means that when you step on the ground in a toe shoe, all five of your toes can be flattened, without the top of the foot or the toes being squeezed to gouge up, and when you stand up on your toes, you can feel the toe of the shoe wrapping around your toes to bring a sense of support.

As a beginner, we don't know how to sew ribbons and elastic bands on toe shoes, so Dynadans toe shoes are easier for beginners as they are sewn on directly for you. They have a larger toe area, which makes them more stable.

Ballet point shoes are generally available in satin or fabric. The fabric side is generally more available in skin tones, so when you need to wear them with bare legs, you can choose skin tones. Satin is generally available in pink, and the Dynadans toe shoes are available in pink ribbon.

In 1726, Mario Camargo shed his high heels and wore soft-soled shoes, which offered a wider range of interpretation of the actor's movements. Straps were gradually developed to prevent the shoes from falling off during the dance, and the performers could dance half on their toes, but it was still not possible for them to stand fully on their toes.

The practice of wearing soft-soled shoes is still practiced in ballet classes today as a fundamental part of learning, laying the foundations for future performers to dance on their toes. The "ballet shoes" that have been launched by major fashion brands in recent years are mainly inspired by this type of shoe, highlighting lightness, softness and elegance.
how your foot fits into a ballet point shoe

Components of a toe shoe 

  • Box (toe): The toe is the part of the shoe that wraps around the tip of the toe to help the actor stand on the tip of the toe.
  • Last (shoe last): The model used to make the toe shoes. The shape of the last is based on the shape of the actor's foot. The usual last is the most important factor in the comfort of the toe and the interior of the shoe. Different lasts are available for a particular model size and width.
  • Vamp (upper): This is the part of the shoe that runs from the FLATFORM at the very front to the lacing at the instep.
  • Throat: This is the part of the shoe that, when viewed from above, allows the foot to be lifted and flattened, showing the instep.
  • Drawstring/Binding: The edge at the instep of the upper that gives toughness to the upper. Tightening the lacing allows for a better toe fit.
  • Crown: The vertical height from the upper to the sole of the shoe.
  • Platform: At the very front of the toe. The actor stands on this platform on the toes.
  • Pleats: Located at the front of the bottom of the shoe. Here the fabric is pleated into the sole.
  • Side Quarters: The part of the fabric upper on the side of the shoe that is stitched at the heel.
  • Shank: The 'backbone' of the shoe. Located under the 'sock line', it is the sole of the shoe, usually with the brand's logo, and provides support to the arch of the foot. This part of the shoe is usually soft or hard to suit the needs of different feet.
  • Sole: The outer leather sole is used to provide traction. The sole is stitched to the upper on the inside of the shoe.

Indicators to look for when choosing toe shoes

  • Toe (Box shape): Some people have long, thin feet, some have wide feet, and some have particularly wide toes, so pay attention to the shape of your feet when choosing shoes, and don't force yourself to wear narrow shoes just because they look better.
  • Strength: In particular, the hardness of the shoe plate (Shank strength). There are usually three types: soft, medium and hard. It is not advisable to buy shoes that are too soft, especially for beginners, as the foot is not strong enough and shoes that are too soft may cause injury to the foot due to the poor support. Shoes that are too hard, on the other hand, are often more difficult to achieve taut feet and increase the burden on the ankle. These stiff shoes are usually made for actors with particularly high instep and particularly costly shoes. If you buy a shoe that is too stiff you have to soften it until you can tense your toes.
  • Crown: Some shoes have a difference in height and are divided into flat, medium and high. But the shoes that you can buy now in China are all higher, which means that you feel empty in the toe part. So when you buy and try them on, you can buy a slightly tighter fit. When you get home, step on the upper (VAMP) a few times to soften it and make it fit the foot. And if the height gets shorter, the width naturally gets wider.
It is not always possible to wear the same pair of ballet point shoes. Every now and then we may need to re-pick our ballet point shoes, firstly they are consumable and will wear out during pointe classes, and secondly, as our feet become more capable, our ballet point shoe requirements will change again.