How to choose the correct pointe shoe size?
Stand on the piece of A4 paper (if it possible, make these measurements in the evening). Stand straight and ask somebody to draw the contour of your foot, the pencil must be held under an angle of 90° (perpendicularly). Then make three measurements – the length of the foot (the length from the heel to the big toe of the feet), the circumference and the width of the feet must be taken through the most two prominent lateral points of the feet (as it is shown on the picture below).
Pointe shoe width
Measure your foot at its widest place (where the bunions are) to identify the required width the pointe shoes. Relate the result to the table data and identify your width. It is recommended to choose a width that provides a firm and painless fit. If you notice wrinkles on the fabric and gaps between the shoe and the foot, it means you need less width.
XXXX – for wide feet
XXXXX – for super-wide feet
Pointe shoe shank
The pointe shoe insole shank plays an important role in foot support. The key factor for selection here is the foot strength. The insole will support the foot, but not affect during working. The pointe shoes are chosen individually, depending on the comfort level, but the insole shall be neither too hard, nor too soft.
The choreographers recommend beginners to choose pointe shoes with medium shank hardness, which provides a proper muscle workout and supports the child’s incompletely formed foot. Dancing in such pointe shoes, girls will be able to develop their arch pretty well. The fitters recommend pointe shoes with a hard insole for strong feet.
Types of Grishko pointe shoe shanks:
SHF – super hard flexible
How to be certain that you have chosen the correct sized pointe shoe?
Fitting is an important part of choosing pointe shoes. To ensure that the shoe fits the foot perfectly you should use some of the methods below.
- Make a plie – if the ankle-joint muscle is too strained, it means that the pointe shoes are small. During making plie you will feel the shoes toe part by your longest toe, the shoe should not press the toe.
- Stand en pointe and make sure the heel part of the shoe fits your foot snugly. In properly fitted pointe shoes, the rear part should not seem loose and take down easily.
- While standing en pointe turn the rear part of the shoe inside out and make sure that the insole does not extend beyond your heel contour (line), but is located just behind your heel.
- There is one more method for checking whether you have chosen the right pointe shoes. Look at your old pointe shoes and check that the platform is worn equally.
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