A pointe shoe is a type of shoe worn by ballet dancers when performing and practicing pointe work. At the Ballet Boutique, you can buy them in a range of styles, including models with varying arch height, vamp shape, shank stiffness, and shoe width, all available online. All of these elements are equally important and combine to create a stable, close-fitting dance shoe that is tailored to any individual’s dancing needs.
A demi-pointe shoe, or soft-block, shares many characteristics with a pointe shoe. It has a toe box, although the box is softer and the wings are typically not as deep as those featured in a pointe shoe. A demi pointe has no shank, therefore it cannot provide the support necessary for pointe work. These shoes are most often used to train dancers who are new to the pointe technique. They allow dancers to get used to the feeling of wearing pointe shoes and to strengthen the ankles and feet in preparation for dancing en pointe.