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How do you know if your pointe shoes don't support you?

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Answer #1 | 18/12 2013 09:35
Once the box doesn't hold your toes in place anymore (your toes rubbing are a good indication), you're definitely on your way to a dead pointe shoe. I used to notice that my instep would feel like it was cramping (because the shank wasn't helping me, anymore) and that was a good indication as well. You might want to try a different shoe if this has happened and you haven't been dancing many hours. Talk to a pro shoe fitter about the possibility that you do need a harder shank or that you might just need a different shape shoe because your feet are "fighting" the ones you have. For future reference you can give gluing a try to extend the life of your shoe a bit: http://dance.about.com/od/Pointe_Ballet/qt/Pointe-Shoe-Hardeners.htm
Answer #2 | 18/12 2013 09:41
Well if this is a new type of pointe shoe that you are not familiar with, yes, it will feel different and you will have to familiarize yourself with ways to make them 'feel' better. Try taping the places where it's rubbing or gel spots work better for places where you cannot put toe tape. However, if you feel like it's not holding you...that could be many things from alignment to strength. Ask your teacher or give them another try! Finding pointe shoes that work for you is a long process.
Answer #3 | 18/12 2013 10:30
I think that the shoe you got is not made for your feet. Either that, or it's dead, or the shank is not strong enough for you. If you have strong ankles that support you very well, you shouldn't have a shank that is weak or the weakest. What brand do you have? On most brands they have different shank strengths you can get (like Grishko, Russian Pointe, just to name a couple). Just talk to your teacher. And if your teacher is making you wear a specific brand that is too soft and weak for you, you shouldn't go there anymore (I'm kinda having the same problem as you right now with my teacher)

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