Dear Katie: I Can't Find the Perfect Pair of Pointe Shoes!
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan
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I can't find the pointe shoe that's right for me! I've been on pointe for almost three years now,and I've tried all kinds of brands and styles, but nothing feels perfect. Do you have any advice?
No pointe shoe is ever going to feel perfect, but you should be able to get to a point (haha!) where they feel fairly natural on your feet.
First, check the fit. Sometimes going up or down a length and/or a width can make all the difference. Box length is important, too. If your box is too long, for example, you won't be able to get over your shoes no matter how hard you try, which can be extremely uncomfortable. If you haven't been professionally fitted, I highly encourage you to do so.
But being comfortable in pointe shoes isn't just about fit. I'd also encourage you to start doing barre on pointe. Basic tendu and dégagé exercises will teach you how to use your feet inside your shoes, which will help the shoes themselves feel better.
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