How to choose your dancing shoes?
How to choose your demi-pointes?
Demi-pointes are dance shoes with a soft sole. They can be leather or canvas, and are indispensable for classical dance. Beginner dancers wear these shoes at all times, while advanced dancers wear them for warming up before putting on their pointe shoes. The demi-pointe sole can be in a single piece or in two parts (split sole).
We discourage overweight people from dancing on pointe in order to avoid foot or knee problems.
Once your frame and musculature are strong enough, you will be able to buy pointe shoes. The right-sized demi-pointe allows the foot full freedom of movement in both the pointed and flexed positions. The shoe should fit the front of the foot like a glove, allowing the toes space to be well distributed. We recommend you wear your usual shoe-size, as long as this is not too big.
The choice of demi-pointe will depend on your level.
BEGINNER: SINGLE-SOLE LEATHER DEMI-POINTE
Recommended for beginner dancers of all ages. The 100%-leather sole is perfect for strengthening the arches or working the instep. The single sole allows for better balance. The leather ensures good ankle support and prevents the shoe from losing its shape.
Our 100%-leather single-sole demi-pointes
INTERMEDIATE: SPLIT-SOLE CANVAS DEMI-POINTE
Recommended for dancers who have a good mastery of classical dance and who already have strength in the ankle. The shoe with a split sole in canvas guarantees maximum instep extension while giving good support.
ADVANCED: SPLIT-SOLE LEATHER DEMI-POINTE
Recommended for dancers who have a good mastery of classical dance and who already have strength in the ankle. The leather split-sole demi-pointe combines high-quality leather with a neoprene triangle, providing both support and great flexibility of movement.
How to choose your pointes?
Pointe shoes are dance shoes which are rigid, in contrast to demi-pointes, which are softer. A great deal of work is required before starting out with pointe shoes: a dancer must have good experience on demi-pointes, and strong ankles. Only a dance teacher is able to judge if a student is ready to start using pointe shoes. A dance teacher is vital for learning good technique and correcting mistakes. Without having learned the necessary basics, a dancer can risk injury and may never be able to wear pointes again.
A dancer should try on pointe shoes while wearing pointe guards, in order to find the right size. If these are not available, pointe shoes should be slightly larger than your usual shoe size, to allow space for the point guards. When on point, the foot should be stretched out inside the shoe, which should not fit too tightly (the toes should not be splayed or overlapping). To find the right length, stand on point. You should be able to pinch the skin between your fingers at the heel (about 0.5cm).
Recommended for beginners, and thanks to their wide box, pointe shoes are suited to all types of foot and aid the passage from demi-pointe to pointe.
- Be sure to dry your shoes properly, especially between lessons. The best thing is to alternate between two pairs of pointe shoes. While working, your foot warms up, and the moisture will affect your shoes' lifespan.
- To protect your feet, there is nothing better than using pointe guards and blister patches. To prevent blisters or misshapen toes, be careful not to wear shoes that are too small.
How to sew ribbons and elastic to your shoes?
Even if your demi-pointes have elastic lacing, before wearing them for a lesson you will need to sew on some elastic bands. Depending on your level, we suggest different ways to help you:
1. Fold the heel down into the inside sole.
2. Sew the elastic bands between the fold and the seam of the shoe, first on one side, then on the other.
3. Adjust the length of the foot using the drawstring.
4. Tie a double knot, then cut off the excess lacing.
1. The elastic bands are pre-sewn into the shoe.
2. Sew them into a crossed position above the ankle.
Pointe shoes should have elastic bands attached around the heel, as well as satin ribbons to match the shoes' colouring (about 2 cm wide and 2 m long). Cut the ribbon into four equal length of 50 cm.
1. Sew the elastic to the seam of the shoe on either side.
2. Fold the heel down into the inside sole. Place a ribbon between the fold and the inside seem of the shoe. Repeat this step four times.
3. The ribbons are then wound around the ankle, forming a cross on the first round at the front of the foot, then passing over each other to form the second cross. They are then tied behind the ankle.