Pointe FAQ

Q: Is there a left and right to pointe shoes?

A: No. Like ballet slippers, pointe shoes have no right or left to begin with. It is suggested that you mark your pointe shoes with a left and right foot so that they break in and form with your foot correctly.

Q: Can I break shoes in faster by wetting them when I first put them on?

A: Yes however, water will ruin the pointe shoes and make them squeak forever after. It is not suggested that you wet your pointe shoes, use hammers, doors, or any other method to break in your pointe shoes. The best way to break in your shoes is by wearing them, and working through class, and exercises.

Q: Why don't shoes come with ribbons sewn on?

A: Where you place the ribbons is very personal. Some dancers like them further back towards the heel, others further forward. The standard way to sew on the ribbons is to fold the heel of the shoe flat. The corners on each side is a good starting place. We suggest pinning in the ribbon first placing the shoe on the foot and adjusting if need be.

Q: Is it okay to buy shoes with room for growth?

A: No it is not. Unlike ballet flats Pointe Shoes must fit exactly. If the foot can move around in the shoe there is a high risk of injury.

Q: How long does a pointe-fitting take?

A: Usually a pointe fitting can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. A first pair of pointe shoes will generally take longer to fit so that we can be very thorough and ensure a proper fit. A second, third or fourth pair of pointe shoes can still take up to 45 minutes to fit depending on how many styles are tried on, and how much the dancer knows about their feet and what they are looking for in a shoe. An appointment is always recommended for a pointe fitting, whether beginning or advanced to ensure that a certified staff member can be dedicated to the fitting the entire time.

Q: What is rosin and what is it used for?

A: Rosin is hardened tree sap and is used on dance shoes if the floor is slippery. It helps to prevent the dancer from sliding unnecessarily, and injuring themselves.