It can come as no surprise to any parent that your young dancers will need multiple ballet shoes throughout the year. Young dancers will need ballet shoes more frequently as pre-teens and adolescent dancers hit growth spurts and their feet may grow by half or a whole size within a school year. Intermittent and professional dancers will also most likely need new ballet shoes throughout the year because of simple wear and tear. But, how do you know when you should get a new pair of ballet shoes?

Be Observant 

It is important to always pay attention to how the shoes look and feel, whether you are a parent or the dancer. If you are unsure by just giving the shoes a quick glance, you can always visit DanceWear Corner for any of your questions. The staff at DanceWear Corner are all knowledgeable and available to answer any questions that you may have and can help up to understand how ballet slippers should properly fit. 

Pay Attention to the Technique Level of the Dancers

As dancers skill level increases, they are given increasingly more difficult work. When this happens dancers switch from a full sole single elastic ballet slipper to a split sole criss-cross elastic. This change happens because as the dancer grows and starts to learn jumps and fast turns they need a shoe that will stay securely on the foot. With these advances to the dancer’s technique, ballet shoes have a tendency to get worn out faster. So it is important to think about your technique level.

Should You Buy a Size Up?

One mistake that people make is that they buy a size up for themselves or their dancers. Ballet shoes should not fit because you do not want to have too much space in the shoe as this can be dangerous to the dancer. As I said before dancers need their ballet shoes to be snug to the foot because if not the shoe will be baggy and the dancer could trip. This is why it is important to come into the store or consult our wonderful customer service agents in order to make sure that you are getting the perfect shoe for yourself or your dancer. 


Most ballet shoes have a drawstring, although in recent years elastic drawstrings have gain popularity. However, if have the traditional drawstrings in your ballet slippers it is important that you never remove the drawstring. Without them, the shoes will be too loose and essentially unusable. These thin strings should be tied into a small bow and if they are too long they can be trimmed. Just make sure to not trim them too much.

Keep all of this in mind and you will know when it is time to get a new pair of ballet shoes. In the meantime click here to check out some of our favorite ballet slippers.  

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