I think a lot of adults are over joyed at the fact that their teacher is willing to teach them to be en pointe, and that glazes over the entire fact of HOW RIDICULOUS IT IS TO FIND THE PERFECT SHOE.
While my first choice in shoe was great, has been great, overall decent, slowly declining… I was absolutely in love with my shoes to begin with, for sure! The Bloch Axis and it’s TMT technology saved me a lot of foot aches and pains as a beginner. While researching about your first pair of pointe shoes I read about out growing your shoes. I thought this was more towards the younger audience of beginning pointe students- only to find out NO. You too will experience they difficulties of your one perfect shoe no longer being perfect.
This is because the musculature in your feet change. Sometimes your feet get even smaller, that may be a plus size for some people. Personally my size 8 street size might be more awesome if it was a 7.5- I urnno, here’s hoping lol. So your arch may get stronger and compress more and then your shank doesn’t fit in there any more and you’re beginning to loose support , sink into your shoe, and not be able to articulate in pointe like you once were. Well darn- trouble!
So you go back to your fitter, try on a couple more shoes, like Russians- which are still no fun for your toes, and walk away thinking these new Bloch Jetstreams are great!
No doubt they’re exactly what the Teacher ordered! Since your foot contracts more, a smaller size is needed. No big floppy shoe feeling anymore- solved! They’re compressing your metatarsals more- aight, that feels tight but strong? Then after assessing the photos of yourself in them- you notice the shank sits askew. Mostly on your right foot. To which you frown and frustrating attempt over and over again to correct. Doesn’t matter what shoe, every time you releve there it sits right off your heel. Well poo. Go back to Fitter and try on other shoes- and nothing feels right. POOH! You take back home and decide to put the ribbons on anyways- they must be if nothing at the fitter’s work but these.
Then you go to put on your ribbons by tucking those bad boys on your feet only to feel they have shrunk in size and are the worst most painful things to wear ever- W. T. F.
So you run away to the dance store your Teacher does not approve of.
And you try on two things the ballet communities damn. Damn them all to heck! The one pair are “cheater” shoes- which I’d happily love to have an affair with for fun- but not $100 fun right now. Then the foreigners from across the pond- the other direction- the BIGGEST POINTE SHOE MANUFACTURER IN THE WORLD, SO big in fact that they bought Freed. (JAPAN BOUGHT LONDON! Imperialism owns imperialism!!)
You mull. You wonder why so awesome, yet so much hate? Well a good deal of people say the Gaynor’s do not work your feet. I think my Ballet Teacher would super disapprove. Then the Chacott Veronese, they DIE like Juliet. They go limp and jelly in 0 flat. There’s no need to break in those shoes though.
You Hmmm and hawwww…
And try again a brand that you’re familiar with, but these are the older ladies that everyone has passed on for things like the Jetstreams. The Suprimas. As far as fitting goes, this is where new vocabulary comes in to place. Profile. Profile’s are important apparently- because I’ve been told by a fitter that I have tortialla feet. Probably won’t be visiting this place again. Because I have flat feet I need a “low profile” pointe shoe. There’s not a lot of room from bottom to top of the shoe box. Good for me, bad for others. Also because my foot is tapered and compresses en pointe, I need a very narrow shoe. That’s why I love the Chacotts! They fit my flat foot, the narrowness fits my little asian foot perfectly! It’s just that they die, what a waste of $75 retail. *coughcough* The Suprimas will last longer, they fit okay, but they don’t feel like love.
SO MY DECISION HAS BEEN MADE. Buy a cheaper pair of the Chacotts!DONE! Buy a cheaper pair of the Suprimas! Pending! Doubling up on my point shoes will also help my feet grow in different ways and I’ll pro long the life of both of my shoes.
As for the price, sometimes you can find old stock and few and far people buy Chacotts because of it’s dreaded life expectancy. Mostly beginners. So if you can find them for a good price on eBay, lets say it’s not a bad deal to spend $30 to give the shoes a go and experience them.
I am at that stage already where I will have to try many brands, mostly foreign because I have dainty, tiny, thin, narrow feet, and long toes that are tapered. HMM. The search is on and the battle has only begun- dunna nuhhhhh!