Children Ballet shoes are more difficult to choose than shoes: there are many parameters to take into account and even a whole vocabulary to learn! Fortunately, here you can get all the information in short.
The Shoe Size
This is the first thing to check when you try spikes: you stand up, your feet parallel flat. If the toes collide at the end of the shoe and cannot spread well, it’s too small. If the toes can move freely and you lose the heel, it’s too big. The toes must just touch the end of the slipper. We do not choose his spikes as city shoes, in which we always leave the margin. Note that the sizes indicated by dance slipper manufacturers do not always match your city size.
If you plan to wear your spikes with foam or silicone protectors, it is necessary to try them with. These various protections generally require to buy 1/2 size tops see 1 size above.
We never buy spikes a little larger, on the pretext that the child is growing and that the tips will be too small in 3 months. The tips should always be just the size needed. Dancing with too big spikes would be both very dangerous and painful, that’s not what you want for your child.
The Width OF the Shoe
Most models of tips are available in narrow, medium and wide. The width feels at the level of the half-point joint: when you get on the tips, if you’re tight and it hurts the thumb joint, it’s too narrow. On the other hand, if you feel your foot go down to the bottom of the slipper, it’s too wide. In both cases, a bad choice of slipper is quickly extremely painful.
The Hardness of the Sole
If we manage to hold on the tips, it is because they have a reinforced sole that is called “shank”. This sole can have a very variable hardness according to the brands and models. Some dancers have strong feet that require a very hard sole, while others need a flexible shank. This is often the case for beginners who do not have much strength yet.
Note that beginners often buy with slippers too hard for them. It’s a shame because it makes the work of the points much more painful and frustrating than necessary.With practice, the beginner will gain strength, and as she progresses, she will buy more and harder points. Each new purchase questions the previous fittings!
The Length of the Upper
The upper is the part of the slipper that covers the toes, between the platform and the drawstring. It must cover the toes to the articulation of the half-point.A too short upper gives “banana feet”: it is a big technical and aesthetic defect, to avoid absolutely. With a vamp too short, you cannot mount properly on spikes.Too long a leg prevents the platform from rising completely and prevents the half-point position from passing through. It is to proscribe too.Your choice of slipper will depend on your morphology, depending on whether you have short, medium or long toes!