How To Fix Reverse Arching in Pointe Shoes

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This week, Josephine shared a fitting story from a studio in Sacramento.

At first glance, there was nothing functionally wrong with this shoe.

Sometimes dancers get fittings even if they like their current shoe, just for a second opinion. Sometimes everything is fine - but other times dancers sometimes don't realize when things are not as they should be.

In this case, Josephine thought the shoe was doing everything it needed to: supported the dancer kept her stable en pointe, and wasn't causing injury. However, the shoe could look better under the ball of the foot.

The shoe was reverse arching - a term ThePointeShop uses to describe the sort of "s" shape a shank makes en pointe.

So how did Josephine fix the reverse arching in this shoe? You'll have to watch to find out!

(P.S. ThePointeShop does travel for fittings! If you or your studio would like to plan a group fitting, email our manager Melissa at

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