Pointe Shoe Guide

Welcome to Ballerina Pointes,
There are an assortment of very fine pointe shoes found, from the popular pointe shoe companies;
Freed's, Bloch's, Sansha's, Capezio's, Gaynor Minden's, Grishko's, and Russian Pointes.
Each page has a scene from a favorite classical ballet, including full lengths like Sleeping Beauty to many of the shorter Bournonville dances.
Professional Classical Ballet performance and rehearsal tutus are also easier to find thru the links on the right.
bloch tutu
Our sister site to ballerina pointes is tutu-ballerina, where a large collection of helper links for Tutu's, are available for recitals to Classical Ballet performances. There's also a selection of helper links to Long formal gowns for weddings or other special occasions included.
Easier and Quicker Ordering through Ballerina Pointes
Start finding the right shoes:
purple box 1. Find a Pointe Shoe Maker
purple box 2. Click on the Maker's Shop
purple box 3. At Amazon, try to select your exact size
purple box 4. Order with Amazon one click.
About our Selection of Makers
They are widely on offer as pointe shoes in many local stores and online shops. The pointe shoe companies listed, are from the very best collections in the world.
If A few makers have been forgotten, apologies, such as Eva Martins, a very good shoe that isn't as readily available online. A great site to visit that offers a close to definitive list of pointe shoes on the market, is: Pointe Shoe Brands
The Decision Process Helper
You can save time by deciding upon which pointe shoes you're going to purchase, Then move on, to buy them at offline, or at amazon.
The following is an example of the Capezio Pointe Shoe page:
glisse ballerina; Melissa Greene
Capezio Ballerina, Melissa Greene, age 15
Many styles have updated to peach satin,
which is often more desirable for the stage.
They have even created demi-pointe satins also.
Which are very good for learning releve's while facing the barre.

Some popular Capezio favorites
are from the current models listed below,
mostly toned in european peach:
  • The Chasse
  • The Concerto
  • The Contempora
  • The Glisse
  • The Aria
  • The Aerial
  • The Airess
  • The Cambre
  • The Pavlowa
  • The Tendu
  • The Tiffany Pro
  • The Womans Pli
capezio pointe shoes
buying shoes
Amazingly, we can buy new pointe shoes online.
Remember to use the sizing charts, however if you are still unsure of the exact size and fit, yet have to buy without a shoe fitting...some dance-wear shops accept *new trade-ins, especially if you buy something else, over $20.00, like a new leotard. As a token gesture for any size exchanges, make sure to sign-up on their customer mailing list and revisit them occasionally for a purchase.
(*when the shoes are brand new & in their original manufacturer's packaging)
ballet beginners
If the shoe softens too easily, foot damage can occur.
One reason being the foot bones of young dancers may still be growing.
Secondly, the foot muscles may not yet be capable of deterring injuries. Because of this, always replace older shoes on time, rather than be tempted to wear them.
other info
Breaking-in and wearing Pointe shoes
A good idea with any pointe shoe brand is to let them rest after usage and change pairs. When the shoes get to rest for approximately 72 hours on their own, they tend to harden up and reform.
If there is any break-in difficulty, it is often with the box and not the tough shanks. Some boxes can be a little more square shaped. One way to soften the starchy glue is with a bit of water before class, just on the sides.
Modifications such as adding lambswool or foam inserts are good helpers,
helpers to avoid blisters or other foot maladies.
ballet video paul virginie
Bournonville's, Paul Virginie:

other items
Crafting and Sewing shopping links: