Too high, and you may get problems with the attachment of your Achilles tendon attachment. The end of the sole/shank should be just short of the end of the heel. Check the amount of satin at the back of the heel. If you have very short toes, you may need to pad up inside the box of the shoe to get a nice line of the shoe, and a correctly fitting box.
F) It is important to check the fit of the shoe in an upright position before putting any weight on it. As long as the box is sitting square and the foot is in good alignment, it should be ok. Press down slightly to check the fit of the box. If they are too long, it may be hard to work properly through the demi-pointe. If it is too sort for long toes however, you will feel like you are falling out of the front of the shoe. Place the foot back en pointe, and check where the sole finishes. If they are too short the top of the wings will cut in and give an unsightly line to the toe of the shoe. The fitter can look at how the shoe looks from the outside, but only you can feel what is going on inside. The wings should come up to the side of the big toe joint. Make sure your toes are pointed long in the shoe and that there are no areas of severe pressure on any toe.
A) Check the fit of the box The foot should fit snugly in standing; with the toes not too squashed in (They should be able to lie flat). There should be no bulging of the skin over the top edge of the shoe in standing.
If possible, ask your teacher to come with you the first time you get your pointe shoes fitted, so that they can check the fit. If they are too short, the box will pull the big toe in on an angle and may cause a bunion to form. If you get them dirty by wearing them around the house, they my not be able to be returned to the store, and it can get to be a very expensive exercise. Too low, and you will get frustrated with the heel of the shoe popping off when you rise.
. If the shoe is too long (as in the picture on the right), there may be bagging of the satin at the back of the shoe, as the satin is cut to cup the heel.
E) When you plie in a wide seconde position, the foot is at its longest and widest, so it is important to check that there is enough room in the shoe for your foot while dancing. This results in the back of the shoe often poping off when rising from demi to full pointe and can be very annoying.
Always try the shoe on with any Miniature Ball Bearing Suppliers padding or Ouch Pouches that you will wear while dancing, and check the shoe in each of the following positions. Hold onto the back of a stable chair or bench, and place one foot en pointe. Place the tip of one shoe on the floor, with your weight on the other foot. Your toes should stay long in the shoe, and just touch the end of the shoe at the depth of your plie. You can flatten the box slightly, but it will also alter the width. Isolated areas of pressure may be solved by use of specific padding in the shoe, but should be avoided with a good fit if at all possible.
Once you have a good fit, you may try weight-bearing through the shoe by stepping up onto pointe. Often twisting of the shoe is due to the shank not conforming to the shape of the arch and can be remedied by breaking in the heel of the shoe before wearing. Make sure that both the big and little toe knuckle joints are supported by the wings.
H) Look to see that the shank sits in line with the sole of the foot when the foot is en pointe. The satin of the heel should come 7/8 of the way up your heel bone. There are many sites online that can help you with this.
C) Check the position of the heel of the shoe. The fitters in various stores can range from exceptional to very average, so it is a good idea to get a name of a good fitter on the recommendation of someone you trust. If the top of the foot is bulging out, the box is too small. This is often very confusing for first time buyers, so if at all possible get your dance teacher, or an experienced dancer to go along to the fitting with you. Try to learn the names for different parts of the shoe before you head to the store for the first time.All brands make several different shapes and styles of pointe shoes, which are designed for different people and different uses. The top of the box should sit against the skin of the top of your foot. You should be able to slide the tip of your finger in to the shoe over your toes, just.
While the person who fits your shoe should check all of the following things, it is good to know what to look for, and to feel, yourself. That way you’ll know what the fitter is talking about if she asks “Is that vamp too high?.
Each part of the pointe shoe has a name. If the shank is too short however, the foot will tend to wobble more, and the satin will pull too low. The foot should be supported in the box, and not sink down too much.
B) Take a look at the length of the wings. Put some weight through that shoe and then bring the other foot up onto pointe. If the vamp is too long you will not be able to rise through the demi-pointe effectively. If they cannot go, always check the fit of the shoes with them with them before you sew on the ribbons, break in the shoe or dance in them.
D) Watch the length of the vamp, the front of the shoe. However, the shank may also twist on the foot if the box is too narrow, so recheck this area again. If the box is too round for a flat foot, there will be more of a space here. If the foot has slid forward in the shoe, because the shoe is too wide, there will be more satin.
G) Check the length of the shoe by peeling the satin of the shoe off the heel and folding it back under the shoe. If the shank of the shoe is twisting, check the alignment of the foot first.