Every young dancer dreams of the day that they will finally be able to go up en pointe. It can feel like the transition from ballet flats to pointe shoe is a long way away when you are just starting out. However, the transition is a very momentous and exciting time for every dancer and a good pointe shoe fitting is the first step to having an enjoyable experience en pointe.
Getting A Great Fitting Pointe Shoe
DanceWear Corner has created a huge stock and vast selection of pointe shoe brands, styles, sizes, and widths of pointe shoes. Having a pointe shoe the fits improperly is not only a frustrating experience but also dangerous for the dancer. With our wide selection of pointe shoes and commitment to proper pointe shoe fitting, we have an experienced and knowable staff that can listen and detect issues that you are having with your pointe shoes.
What Can You Expect From Us?
When you choose DanceWear Corner for your pointe shoes you are not only getting a beautiful pair of shoes, but you will also be walking away with:
- Pointe shoe style specific information
- Knowledge and insight into why the particular style is a good fit for you
- Information on the care of your pointe shoes
Pointe Shoe FItting Guidelines
Here are just a few simple guidelines to help ensure that your pointe shoe fitting is set up to be a success:
1 Talk to Your Teacher
One of the most important things in a fitting is knowing not only the foot shape of the dancer but also what sort of accessories the teachers are comfortable with their students using in class. Toe pads such as gel pads, lambswool, and other such items can change the fit of the pointe shoes, so if you are fit with gel pads on and your teacher only wants you using lambswool then your pointe shoe will no longer fit your foot perfectly. So talk to your teacher before coming in for your fitting to see what they want you to use in your shoe.
2 Book an Appointment
Prior to visiting the store, you should always call and book an appointment. This allows us to gather some important information about you before you come in. One of the most important things we will ask you is “How many years have you been en pointe”. We ask this question to gauge your level of experience on pointe.
-You can call us at (407)770-1080 to make your appointment and click here to get more information about our store.
3 Arrive for Your Fitting Prepared
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your pointe shoe fitting is to come prepared. This means that you have your toenails cut short and any blisters or sores that you have are bandaged up. If this is not your first pair of pointe shoes bring any accessories that you use in your old shoes or that you are planning to wear in your pointe shoes.
-Remember that gel pads do dramatically alter the fit of your pointe shoes.
4 Bring Your Current Pair of Shoes
If you have been en pointe before and are purchasing a new pair, our pointe shoe specialists can gain insight into the characteristics that you specifically require in your new pair simply by examining the shoe you have been wearing. It is also easier for you to explain what you like or dislike when you and the pointe shoe specialist can look at them together.
5 Be Patient
Pointe shoe fitting can take some time. This is especially true if you are coming in for your first pointe shoe fitting. It is not uncommon for a first time pointe shoe fitting to take up to 45 minutes and sometimes it can take longer. Every foot is different so if your fitting is taking longer than 45 minutes don’t worry about it, the fitter is trying to get you the best pointe shoe that they can. Even if you are coming in for your tenth pair, a fitting can still take longer than you think it would. Your fitter will also take the time to explain why a shoe is not a proper fit during the fitting. We will work together on finding the right shoe for your feet and this will take some time, but it will be worth it.
6 All Pointe Shoes are Not Made Alike
Just like every foot is different, every pointe shoe is also different. Each pointe shoe has a different design and with this comes different specific benefits. Many variables need to be taken into account to ensure a proper fit. Something to remember when in a pointe shoe fitting is to not choose a shoe because you just want a certain style, brand or color. The most important thing in a pointe shoe fitting is the feel of the shoe and how it is supporting your foot.
7 Ask Questions
Pointe shoe specialists are here to help the dancer make the best decision when it comes to the pointe shoe that they will take home. So communication between the fitter and the dancer is key to finding the perfect pair of pointe shoes. For as much as the fitter knows about each brand, the fitter cannot possibly know exactly what the dancer is feeling in the shoe. So it is paramount to communicate with your fitter about the feel of the shoe and our excellent pointe shoe specialists will educate you on how a properly fitting shoe should look and feel.
8 Trust Your Feet
It can be surprising how strange and foreign a pointe shoe can feel on the foot. They will never be described as comfortable however, you should not be experiencing pain, piercing, pinching, curled toes, or numb feet when trying on pointe shoes. These are all things that if you feel during a fitting you should immediately tell your pointe shoe fitter so that they can determine what about the shoe is causing these problems.
9 Enjoy the experience
Every little girl’s dream is to become a graceful ballerina and now because of your hard work and dedication, you are ready to take your next step on this journey. So sit back and enjoy your entrance into this elite world of pointe.