Choosing the right equipment for ballet, and especially demi-pointes, is very important to help budding dancers learn basic steps. How do you know whether a full, split, leather or fabric sole is right for you?

How To Choose Your Ballet Demi-Pointes Shoes?

Choosing a demi-pointe shoe depends on your skill level. There are two main criteria to consider to find the right model: the sole and the demi-point material.


Each ballet shoe features a sole that should allow proper movement of the foot. There are two types of soles for your shoes: full sole and split sole.

A full sole is recommended for novice ballet dancers of all ages. It offers good support and helps the foot build strength. A split sole is better for intermediate to advanced dancers who already have good technique. It is more flexible around the arch and allows greater freedom of movement. Know that certain split sole models come with an elasticated triangle underneath the foot to make the slipper even more supple. This helps to create a stronger curve in the foot and have a nicer extension.

How To Choose Your Ballet Demi-Pointes Shoes?
How To Choose Your Ballet Demi-Pointes Shoes?


Demi-pointes are available in two types of materials: leather and fabric.

Leather demi-pointes are best for novice dancers of all ages because they are durable and offer good foot support. They withstand wear over time very well.

Fabric demi-pointes are good for advanced dancers. They are more supple but less durable and are designed for regular use and good technical skills. These demi-pointes create a good foot line and allow you to stretch the pointe more. Fabric is also easy to care for and can be machine washed at 30°C.

Before you start, remember to make any necessary support adjustments (pre-stitched elastic) depending on your foot shape and remember to properly tighten your demi-pointes to keep them securely on your feet!

How To Choose Your Ballet Demi-Pointes Shoes?


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Choose demi-pointes that support the foot without being too tight. Toes should not move around in the shoe. For leather shoes, opt for a comfortable size that doesn't compress your foot as these models do not stretch out much. If you choose fabric demi-pointes, choose your exact size as these models will stretch with use.