1. It is important to view your bare foot when it is flat on the floor in a standing position, as well as viewing it in a pointed position. Choose a pointe shoe style which best matches the overall shape of your foot.
2. Slip the pointe shoe on your foot and tie it in a loose knot. A pointe shoe should be the same width and length as the foot. To find the correct length, the toes should touch the internal platform surface. To find the correct width, the ball of your foot should feel supported when all 5 toes are flat in the shoe.
3. You may find that you have different sized feet, so each foot should be fitted on an individual basis.
4. Blisters can be caused by friction (when the shoe is too wide), or pressure (when the shoe is too tight). To help eliminate these problems, check the width and length a second time. For the width, apply your weight to the platform while keeping the other foot flat on the floor – if the pointed foot slides into the toe box the shoe is too wide. For the length, repeat the above, this time checking the back of the shoe – there should be a slight pinch of fabric at the top of the back strap at the Achilles tendon. It is important to remember that when the foot is pointed it is contracted and will be shorter.
5. A correctly fitted pointe shoe should fit like a second skin. There should not be any ‘growing room’: this is vital to adequately support the metatarsals. On the other hand, if the pointe shoe does not have a bit of a pinch at the back of the heel when standing en pointe, then the shoe is too small, which is equally as dangerous as a pointe shoe that’s too big.