I was very lucky with that first pair of pointe shoes I had (Grishko 2007, size 4 XX, medium shank) I did the first ever pointe classes without any padding as they felt really good just as they are (well, as good as pointe shoes can ever feel..) But only for the first few classes. After that they became a little stretched and hurt my little toes and big toes - I definitely needed something to soften the ride. I tried ouch pouches but they were too bulky as the fit of the shoes was so snug. I got some gel tubes for the big toes and taped the little toes and then the shoes (and my feet) were fine again. Until suddenly they didn't offer support anymore and all of the bones in my feet were aching for a week after class - I reckon that meant the pointe shoes had come to their end.
|Bunheads Big Tips - gel lined padding for the big toes|
So - it was time for the next pair. The first pair was from a sales bin and I got them dirt cheap: only 20€! I got two pairs as they were so cheap, but the other pair I got in size 4,5, otherwise width and shank were the same. Before I found the sales bin I'd bought a pair of Grishko 2007 in size 4,5 XXX. Well you can guess that even with ouch pouches they were just too big for me and the big toe sank in the shoes as soon as we started doing our exercises in pointe class. I believe this is a common mistake beginners make: they buy the shoes too large. It makes going on pointe very painful! As it happened, I have a dance friend who has similar shaped feet as me but a little bigger - they were perfect for her! She happened to have a brand new pair which were too small for her - so we swapped our shoes! In the meanwhile I was using my other 20€ pair of 2007's and oddly they weren't nearly as good as the first pair even though the only difference is half a size in length. The box seems a lot more narrow! And even after stepping on the box they haven't really become comfortable. They kill my little toes and outer sides of my feet, perhaps they really are too narrow. Peculiar! But - they are all handmade and therefore all different.
I've now sewn elastics and ribbons on the pair I got from my friend and I'm going to do the next class in them! I'm a little nervous as they are meant for feet much stronger and more developed than mine are - only afterwards I found a description of them.. They are Bloch Axioms in size 4. They seem to be a very good fit so far, very snug, long supporting vamp - a very pretty shape. I do notice that my right foot struggles with them a little bit ( the less flexible one) but the left foot is fine. I'm not used to using ouch pouches and I feel quite far off the floor with them which feels a little weird and less stable. It'll be interesting to see how they are in class!
|Bloch Axiom - these are not my feet! Picture is from www.blochworld.com|