AT DANCERS WAREHOUSE WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN THE QUALITY OF OUR POINTE SHOE FITTINGS. WE TAKE THIS TASK VERY SERIOUSLY TO ENSURE A PERFECT FIT AND TO PREVENT INJURY.
THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM http://www.pointeshoe.com/caring.htm
AND PROVIDES A GENERAL IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT AND COULD HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF A CORRECT POINTE SHOE FITTING.
The First Pair
The day of being fitted with your first pair of Pointe Shoes is an event eagerly awaited by all dancers. Unfortunately, the initial excitement can often change to dismay. The first pair are likely to feel unusual as well as uncomfortable. With no previous experience of Pointe shoes the dancer will be unsure of the correct fit. It is therefore essential that the fitting is supervised by an experienced fitter and the Dancer remains patient allowing the fitter time to identify the best shoe for the foot.
The Importance of a Good Fit
The bones of the feet do not complete their final hardening and joining until a dancer is in her early twenties. It is important not to impair their future growth pattern for obvious reasons. Since working 'en Pointe' puts the foot under considerable stress, fitting shoes 'to grow into' should always be avoided. The shoe must fit snugly to avoid calluses, bruises and bunions yet give maximum support to prevent permanent bone damage. Shoes that are too large or too wide make it impossible to achieve proper support and balance and will result in considerable pain.
Make sure toe nails are cut and you are wearing dance tights. Be aware of the size of your current Pointe shoes or ballet shoes if it is your first pair. This will give the fitter a guide as to the size to start with. It is always helpful to pass on any views your teacher has since the teacher will have seen you dance whereas the fitter will not.
Pointe shoe fitting is not an exact science since the majority of Pointe shoes are handmade with no two pairs being identical. It involves a great deal of trial and error with the dancer needing to be patient and relying on the expertise of the fitter to find the correct shoe. During the fitting various shoes will be tried. The shoe must fit like a glove providing the necessary support to stop the foot from buckling. Please listen carefully to the fitter and answer any questions as fully as possible.