Too high, and you may get problems

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.

Brilliant advertising I must

Brilliant advertising I must say but does it give the customer the best all round deal,once you have passed the initial showbiz hype – I doubt it. We have been doing it for over 30 years so I can only imagine we have got something right. Well we treat all customers the same whether it is a 10 million house or a 100,000 cottage.J. let me ask you this – Would you be prepared to arrange your will for example on the internet? I am sure the answer is no. Brokers if they are any good (and we are the best – I know self praise is no recommendation but I am going to say it anyway) will AUTOMATICALLY check your renewal premium EVERY YEAR so you will get the most competitive premium every year without the gimmicks. Check them out at:


IN CONCLUSION – I leave you with this thought. Insurance companies are not charities and these are just one off gimmicks to get your attention and your name on the books.

Graham Hodgson is one of the UK’s top insurance brokers and has over 30 years experience. HOWEVER – bearing in mind that insurance brokers can normally beat the premiums the direct insurers offer or at the least match it, what extra can they offer that the direct boys cannot.T. If you have you may feel like I did recently that they were going through a set procedure and it was a numbers game, they needed you through the system as quickly as possible, not the case with your local friendly optician who has time.

FACE TO FACE CONTACT – Ever called one of the direct insurers and felt that the person on the other end was reading from a script, well you would sort of be right as most call centres give their staff a set wording to go through. The number of times people have come into our office and said that in the second year the premium jumped drastically. Ask them something unusual such as a query about “excess of loss ” and you will be greeted I am sure with a rather puzzled “WHAT”. If you had a 10 million house to insure which would you be happy doing.

Insurance brokers have always been able to compete with direct insurers but rarely can they afford the gigantic advertising budget of the direct
.hodgsoninsurance. What did they expect a free cuddly toy or trip to Disneyland.

I compare the direct insurers to some of the High St opticians.Hodgson Insurance Services they thought brokers were not friendly and had no sense of humour. The reason that the public use the gimmicky national opticians is normally down to one thing THEY ARE CHEAPER. Ringing a direct insurer who will go through a set procedure and hope you dont ask too many tricky questions or require answers which are not on their screen or popping into your local insurance broker who will sit down and spend the time going through every query until he is happy that you understand fully exactly what you are covered We may have to speak to them but that is our responsibility then and not yours.

AND IN FINAL CONCLUSION – Should you be unfortunate enough to get a claim we wont put you through to the UK’s dread – The Claim Centre in INDIA. They are what insurance broking is all about. Believe me they are really nice and very educated people but Indian claim centres just DO NOT WORK.Plates up of course. I see direct business as bulk business, sort of conveyor belt technology which is fine as long as the person has understood all of your answers fully.” I know I am being a bit sarcastic there but hopefully you understand what I am saying. I think I know the answer.

MULTIPLE QUOTES – If you ring a direct insurer or company they can only quote you from the one lot of premium rates – THEIRS; but guess what brokers have caught on to this thing called technology over the years and we now use the very latest hi tech gizmo’s which allow us to check over 200 insurance schemes with LOTS OF INSURERS. If we can’t compete with or normally beat a single direct insurer then maybe we are in the wrong business. At a brokers office however you get face to face contact, normally with a person with many years experience who can answer all the tricky questions you may have. A good local insurance broker can normally get it CHEAPER than the direct insurer. You may have experienced them. I would just mention that there is one difference between local insurance brokers and local opticians (apart from the obvious one that we make far less money than them). The local insurance broker is the same,you can sit down face to face and he has the time (and Wheel Hub hopefully the experience) to answer all your little queries like “if I have a barbeque in the garage because it is raining, am I covered by fire” or my son has not passed his test but can he drive me home from the pub when I am way over the limit as long as I am sat beside him – providing he has his L. The one thing that most of their customers say is that before they did business with his company G. Brokers are personal (and sometimes friendly).Ask anyone who has a TV if they know what the little red phone or the dog who everybody loves (uugh) are advertising and they will tell you – INSURANCE. Well I believe that an insurance document is of similar importance and can have similar serious consequences if not done properly

BEWARE OF SPECIAL DEALS – You know what I mean ” We guarantee to beat your premium by 10″ or 15 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers”. That is where we differ.