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What Is The Best Pointe Shoe Brand?

Josephine Lee

What Is The Best Pointe Shoe Brand?

What is the best pointe shoe brand? I get this question quite a bit from dancers and parents. And the answer is... Depends. It depends on the dancer, the feet, the strength, the flexibility, the skill level, the weight, the shape, the length and so many other factors. Although certain brands and models are more popular and generally better quality than others, there is no single brand that encompasses every type of foot. Just like there is no single shoe for beginners or professionals. This is why you shouldn't be limiting yourself to one brand. We have dancers that come...

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5 Things Ballet Taught Me About Life

Josephine Lee

5 Things Ballet Taught Me About Life

When I started The Pointe Shop, I worked 7-day weeks, 10-hour days, then went home and worked some more. But I never felt overworked. I realize now that it was years of ballet training that gave me the discipline and the drive. Like other dancers, I grew up going to ballet class every day after school. Weekends and vacations were filled with rehearsals and intensives. And we never knew what boredom felt like. There are so many things we learn in ballet class other than ballet itself. We approach life with a kind of class and discipline that is set...

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5 Ways to Make your Pointe Shoes Last Longer

Amanda Billett

5 Ways to Make your Pointe Shoes Last Longer

An average pointe shoe lasts about 10-20 hours of dancing. Yes, you read that right. 10-20 hours. I bet your parents had no idea what they were getting into when they put you in your first ballet class. The life span of a pointe shoe varies widely depending on how many hours you dance, how flexible or strong your feet are, what you’re doing in class, how much you sweat, how much you weigh and many other factors. We have dancers that go through 5 pairs a month, and we have dancers that go through 2 pairs a year. But...

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Pointe Shoe Myths

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Pointe Shoe Myths

Pointe shoes are still a mystery to most. As a professional pointe shoe fitter, I found there are a lot of myths that float around in the dance world. Here are 5 of the most common pointe shoe myths: Stronger feet need harder shoes: The strength of the shoe is not always determined by the strength of the feet. If that were true, professionals wouldn’t wear super soft shoes, yet a lot of them do. The hardness of the shank can be determined by many different reasons: flexibility, stability, skill level, strength and longevity. It all depends on the individual...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Professional Pointe Shoe Fitting

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Professional Pointe Shoe Fitting

You should get professionally fitted for every pair for your first few years en pointe. (You can find what to do before a pointe shoe fitting in this article) This is the time when you need to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Even after you find your “perfect pair,” you should still get fitted fairly regularly. Even professional ballerinas have to get refitted every 6 months or so because their feet change. So, here are 5 reasons why you should get a professional pointe shoe fitting: You avoid injuries: This is the biggie. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to...

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