If you’ve ever watched a ballet performance, you’ve probably sat in awe at the amazing grace and poise of these fabulous performers. Some lovers of the ballet become so entranced by the dancing on stage that they take the stage themselves. Ballet requires a great deal of mental and physical strength, which may be surprising considering professional dancers make it all look so elegant and delicate.
One of the most challenging aspects of ballet is pointe work. This involves the ballet dancer supporting their entire body weight on the tips of their toes. This is a technique that takes a lot of practice and an enormous amount of focus and concentration. It also helps to have the right pointe shoes. The best pointe shoes will fit right and help the dancer remain graceful throughout their entire performance, including the pointe technique that can be so harsh on the toes.
The Best Pointe Shoe
The best ballet shoes are ones that are not fussy, just like these KUKOME-SHOP Satin Ballet Pointe Shoes. These are elegant in pink satin with an anti-slip resistant leather sole. They also come with ribbons so you can tie your Pointe shoes securely to your feet and the toe pads are perfect for those difficult Pointe exercises. The soft silicone gel toe pads take the pressure from your feet for added comfort. For more quality footwear for professional dancers, check out our guide to the best tap shoes.
Made from satin
Available in sizes from US3.5 to US9
Anti-Slip resistant leather sole
Free ribbons and toe pads
Soft silicone gel toe pads with ventilation
Suitable for girls and women
- Weight14.1 ounces
Capezio has been making ballet Pointe shoes for over a century and they continue their tradition of making quality shoes for ballet dancers with these Capezio Women’s 197-Plie II Pointe Shoes. The uppers are made from soft satin and feature a soft, yet durable sole. The toe box is broad with a wide platform, and they feature an elastic drawstring for a snug fit. These Pointe shoes are perfect for beginner ballet students but professional dancers also love them, especially for practice sessions.
Soft satin uppers
Soft and durable sole
Broad box and wide platform
Elastic drawstring for a snug fit
Suitable for beginners and professionals
- ModelPlié II
- Weight2 pounds
These Pointe shoes from Smartodoors are ideal for girls taking their first steps in the magical world of ballet and with a variety of sizes, they can still be wearing them when they become elegant dancing women. They are made from satin with a hard leather bottom that is non-slip and hard wearing. The toe pads are made from silica gel to cushion toes during difficult techniques and ribbons are included so these non-slip shoes can be secured to your feet.
Made from soft satin
Silica gel toe pads
Hard leather wear non-slip bottom
Available in a variety of sizes
Suitable for girls and women
- BrandTXJ Sports
Treat yourself with these Bezioner Ballet Pointe Shoes or get them for your special dancer as a gift. These Pointe shoes come in a stunning gift box and are suitable for dancers of all levels. They feature satin tops with a durable leather sole and include silicone toe pads to bear the brunt during those tricky Pointe techniques. These Pointe shoes are breathable, comfortable and won’t slip, so you will stay comfortable during ballet practice and performances.
Satin tops with leather sole
Professional fit for dancers of all levels
Breathable, comfortable, and anti-slip
Includes silicone toe pads and ribbons
Packaged in a gift-box for your special dancer
Serious ballet dancers need some serious Pointe shoes and these WENDYWU Professional Ballet Slippers are the ultimate practice companions. They are a high-quality Pointe shoe at an affordable price. The ballet shoes feature a high-quality ribbon so you can secure the shoes to your feet and the tapered box leaves less wiggle room around the toes for a nice fit. Lightweight and durable, these slippers are recommended by professional ballet instructors.
High quality well priced Pointe shoes for ladies
Soft ballet shoes with high quality ribbon
Tapered box with less internal space for the toes
Elastic drawstring for a snug and secure fit
Lightweight slippers to let your feet breathe
Recommended by professional ballet instructors
These Wendy Wu Women’s Ballet Shoes Dance Shoes may look pink and delicate, but they are quite durable and long lasting. The uppers have been made form soft leather for comfort and durability and the full-fiber outsole adds even more strength. the elastic straps have been sewn in for a snug fit and feature hammered pleats for smooth contact with the floor. These are Pointe shoes you will love wearing to practice.
Reinforced stitching provides arch support
Sewn-in elastic straps keep a snug fit
Split-sole leather ballet shoe
Constructed of soft leather upper for durability
Full-fiber leather outsole
Hammered pleats for smooth floor contact
- BrandWendy Wu
Secure and stable is what you want from your Pointe ballet shoes and that’s exactly what you’ll get with these Bloch Women’s Serenade Pointe Ballet Flats. They have a nice wide platform for balancing in the en Pointe position and the firm shank helps prevent feet from bending too far. The satin fabric upper is soft, yet durable. These ballet shoes are suitable for dancers with square-shaped toes. Our guide to the best dancing shoes features more high-quality footwear for professional dancers, so check them out.
Wide platform for balancing en Pointe
Firm shank helps to prevent feet from bending too far
Suited to a dancer with square-shaped toes
Made from satin fabric
Performance is everything in the ballet world and you want to have the right Pointe shoes. These MSMAX Women’s Pointe Shoes Ballet Dance Performa Shoes are made from pink or wine-colored satin with a suede sole. They are comfortable and breathable for intense dancing sessions with padding and an anti-slip sole for security and stability. The elastic drawstring ensures you get a snug, secure fit to prevent injury making them perfect for ballet and other types of dancing.
Made from satin with suede sole
Comfortable and breathable for intense dancing
Padded with anti-slip sole
Elastic drawstring for a secure fit
Perfect for ballet and other dance styles
- Weight12.3 ounces
An elegant, yet highly functional ballet shoe, this pair of Capezio Ava Pointe Shoes will give you that winning ballet edge every time you practice or perform. The feature a broad toe box to execute those difficult en Pointe moves and they have a removable medical-grade gel cushion for added comfort. They are made from rayon, backed cotton sating with a plush rose lining. The sating binding coupled with an elastic drawstring keeps these shoes securely on your feet so your only focus is on your next dance move. You may also be interested in some of the best pole dancing shoes from our list, so be sure to check them out.
Textile PU/Nylon Sole
Rayon-backed cotton satin
Plush rose-colored lining
Broad toe box
Removable medical-grade gel cushion
Satin Binding with elastic drawstring
Many ballet dancers from the World-Renowned Russian Ballet love to practice with these exceptional Pointe shoes from Grishko. These are premier Russian-made Pointe shoes that are an exceptional fit for most dancers. They are lightweight, supportive, and comfortable enough to wear for practice every day. Each of these Grishko Pointe shoes has been individually hand made by expert cobblers for pure opulence that matches the dance. Made from natural, non-toxic materials, these are Pointe shoes you will love showing off in.
Satin Pointe shoes with suede sole
Grishko’s most popular model
Premier Russian-made Pointe shoe
Exceptional fit for most dancers
Lightweight, supportive, and comfortable
Made by expert cobblers
Pointe Shoe Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of Pointe Shoes
Ballet dancers are challenged physically and mentally at every practice so the last thing they need is to be wearing something as distracting as uncomfortable Pointe shoes. We put together our selection with a few key factors in mind.
Brand – There are hundreds, if not thousands of different manufacturers of Pointe shoes, but not all of them understand the needs of ballet dancers. We chose brands that specialize in footwear for dancers so you can be certain of keeping your feet safe and comfortable, even during the rigors of practicing and performing.
Price – Serious ballet dancers can go through quite a lot of Pointe shoes so price is important. We’ve chosen a selection of shoes in different prices to suit every budget with some being suitable for professionals as well.
Reviews – Ballet dancers can be highly critical of Pointe shoes and rightfully so. At an advanced level, they spend a lot of time in these shoes so comfort and performance are a must. We chose our selection after reading reviews from dancers who have been satisfied with their Pointe shoes so that you too, can ensure the best shoes are on your feet.
Features To Look For In Pointe Shoes
Size – Pointe shoes aren’t made like regular shoes and generally don’t fit like regular shoes either. In most cases, it is recommended you get a size bigger than your normal street shoes. However, the fit should be snug, without being overly restrictive.
Fit – Pointe shoes should fit quite snugly with the toes touching the tip of the shoes with just the tiniest amount of wiggle room within the box of the shoe.
Adjustability – While Pointe shoes must fit properly, the dancer should be able to adjust them as needed. That’s why most have elastic drawstrings and ribbons to make adjusting the shoes a simple task. Some of the toe boxes of Pointe shoes have removable gel inserts so if you aren’t planning on doing a lot of Pointe practice, you can remove the inserts and insert them again as needed.
Midsole – The midsole of Pointe shoes is often referred to as the shank and this should be quite stiff and press tightly and securely along the bottom of the foot.
Pointe Shoe FAQ
Q: What are pointe shoes?
A: Pointe shoes are a specific type of footwear worn by ballet dancers, in particular for Pointe work. Pointe work is when a dancer is in a position of supporting all of their weight on the tips of their toes. For this reason, Pointe shoes usually have a box shaped toe to facilitate this technique.
Q: How do I break-in pointe shoes?
A: Like all shoes, Pointe shoes need a little breaking in before the dancer will deem them comfortable. Ballet dancers like their Pointe shoes to be comfortable from the first time they wear them so they have a few steps to break them in. Firstly, place your Pointe shoes on the floor and step on the toe box with your heel. This will reduce the stiffness of the Pointe’s toe box. The next step is to bend the shank, or midsole. Do this several times to improve the flexibility of the shoes. You can then put them on your feet and walk around in a demi-pointe position to loosen them up further before trying a full Pointe technique.
Q: Is there a left and a right pointe shoe?
A: Brand new Pointe shoes don’t actually come in a left and right shoe but will conform to the dancer’s feet after being worn a few times. For this reason, it is a good idea to label your Pointe shoes as left or right so that each shoe will mold to the shape of either of your feet. Once you allow each shoe to do this, you will have a very comfortable pair of Pointe shoes you can dance to your heart’s content with.