Ballet is the foundation of all dance so many dancers start out in ballet. This means that many dancers first introduction into dance is through ballet and with that, ballet shoes. Today, I am going to take you through everything that makes up these ballet shoes.

Full Sole

Full sole ballet shoes are primarily for young dancers just starting out. And when I say young dancers what I really mean is those two to four-year-olds who are just getting into dance. Full sole ballet shoes have just the right amount of resistance to help develop the muscles in the foot when the dancer’s pointe their feet, go on demi-pointe, or plie.  

Split Sole

Older dancers switch to wearing a split sole ballet shoe after a few years or when their foot grows to be about a size 3 shoe. Split sole ballet shoes help to accentuate the arch of the foot. The older the dancer gets the more important it is for their feet to look good. While full sole ballet shoe help to develop the arch, split sole show off the arch and makes everything you do look ten times better.  


Ballet shoes come in different materials. Leather ballet shoes are more common for younger dancers as they will stretch as you sweat when you wear them. If you get a full sole ballet shoe the rest of the shoe will be made out of a leather material; however, leather ballet shoes are not just made in kids sizes.


A different material that ballet shoes come in is canvas. This material has a tendency to hug the foot and accentuates the arch. Because dancers want their feet to look the best they can many older dancers gravitate to this style of ballet shoes.

Now each dancer is different and they want different things in their shoes. So what works and looks good for one dancer may not work for a different dancer. So click here to shop these different styles and find what works for you.  


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