Watching a ballerina dance on pointe is simply amazing. A true professional ballet dancer has the advanced training to make it look so easy and effortless. One of the most important aspects of dancing on her toes is the fit and construction of her pointe shoes.
When a ballet student has completed the required years of training in soft slippers, she will graduate to wearing pointe shoes. Those shoes need to fit perfectly. Some of the major key areas on the shoe that are measured to precision are the length and width.The hardness and flexiblity of the shank is also very important. The shank can be described as a stiff reinforcement that is sandwiched between the leather layers of the sole and typically runs the length of the sole.
There are also minor, yet very important fitting areas on a pointe shoe. One is the heel depth. Some dancers prefer a very low-cut heel. Others find them extremely irritating. Another area of the pointe shoe that manufacturers offer in different sizes is the profile.