Pointe Shoe Fittings
Have your pointe shoes fitted at Dimensions Dancewear by our staff expertly trained by Ireland's Premier Ballerina, Monica Loughman.
Each pointe shoe we stock in Dimensions Dancewear is designed to give dancers ultimate support, placement, and comfort. To achieve this goal we will need to fit the dancer personally to determine the best model and size.
It is important to realise that proper fitting prevents injuries an to remember the life expectancy of each pair of pointe shoes is approximately 8 hours. To maximize the longevity of the shoes, the dancer should dry shoes out completely after each wearing. We at Dimensions Dancewear recommend for 3 days if possible. You should stuff with paper towels to keep their shape while they air dry.
Since the bones of a foot are not totally hardened and joined until the age of 20-23, incorrect sizing can damage a dancer's foot. The shoes must fit snugly.
The style of shoe a dancer needs is determined by the shape of her foot (particularly the length of her toes), her strength, and the manner in which her teacher instructs her to go on pointe.
Although a perfect fit is optimal, it is safer to have shoes that are tighter than looser. It is impossible to achieve proper support and balance with a shoe that is too large. A shoe that is too big will give inadequate support to the arch and it could possibly collapse, causing the dancer to go over on pointe. The platform can also collapse in a large shoe when a dancer has softened the edge of the platform by continuously sliding on it.
The dancer should not sink into the box of the pointe shoe, but rather be able to just lightly feel the floor. Remember, shoes stretch out as they are worn and may cause the foot to sink into the shoe which can cause the big toe to twist. Shoes which are too big can cause bunions, corns, blisters, and bruised nails.
A shoe which is too tight will squeeze the toes and joints and will not allow the foot to work properly. The shoe should hold the toes snugly, but not bunch them together. You should be able to spread slightly sideways, and the tips of the toes should just touch the end of the shoes when the weight is evenly distributed.
The right and left edges of the foot should be slightly tight against the edge of the shoe. The toes must not be bent, pressed against the tip, or feel sore inside.
Long toes require a higher vamp. If a vamp is too short, it will cause the foot to break over the toe, which is unattractive. If the vamp is too long, it will throw the dancer back and prevent full pointe positioning.