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Choosing a demi-pointe shoe depends on your skill level. There are two main criteria to consider: the sole and the demi-point material.
Each ballet shoe features a sole that should allow proper movement of the foot, and there are two types of soles to choose from: full and split.
A full sole is recommended for beginner 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 because it’s a bit more flexible around the arch and allows for greater freedom of movement. Some split-sole designs 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 a nicer extension.
Demi-pointes come in two materials: leather and fabric .
Leather demi-pointes are best for novice dancers (no matter your age) because they’re durable and offer good foot support. An added bonus is that they’re pretty durable and will withstand wear over time well.
Fabric demi-pointes are good for advanced dancers. They are suppler but less durable and are designed for regular use and good technical skills. They 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.
Choose demi-pointes that support the foot without being too tight. Your 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.