Out With the Old & In With the New: Signs That It’s Time For New Pointe Shoes

Hello there From The Top Family and welcome to another installment of “Beginner Pointe Tips”! Today we are talking about dying pointe shoes. Now, though that statement may sound extremely dark, let’s take a moment to elaborate. As pretty as they can be when we first receive them, just like every other dance shoe, pointe shoes do not last forever. As a matter of fact, depending on how often you dance in them, they may be the pair of shoes that go the fastest! When a pointe shoe has been used to the point that the structure of the shoes become too worn, the shoe becomes too soft, too pliable and actually begins to break down. The end result is a shoe that can no longer be used anymore, causing dancers to refer to them as “dead pointe shoes”. However, when you’re new to pointe, it is important to know the signs of a pointe shoe that is wearing out. Being aware of these signs means that you can replace them quickly, as dancing in dead pointe shoes can subject you to injuries. So, today we will be discussing four signs to look for to know when it’s time to put your shoes to rest and bring out a brand new pair! Let’s get right into it!

  1. The Shank Is Super Bendy

One of the signs that your pointes are on their way out is that your shank begins to be super bendable. Now, this “bendable”  is much different than a broken in “bendable”. A broken in bendable holds a flexibility that allows comfort, but a dead shank is loose and rather floppy like a fish out of water. This also allows the shank to lose its support in your arches, which is a tell-tell sign that your shoes are on their way out.

  1. The Box Begins To Soften

When a pointe shoe begins to “die” the box of the shoe will begin to soften, and the tip of the shoe will actually begin to bunch up. This is the biggest sign that it’s time for a new pair of shoes and it’s also the sign that presents the most urgency. While a super hard pointe shoe box causes discomfort, a super soft pointe shoe is dangerous and doesn’t give you the needed support to dance en pointe. A soft box can even allow you to roll over on top of your box and cause the most common injury when dancing in pointe. So if you feel the box of your pointes are getting too soft, that is the biggest indicator that it’s time to place your current pair of shoes into retirement.

  1. You Can Feel The Floor 

Going hand in hand with tip number 2, when your box begins to soften you will begin to be able to feel the floor more when you dance en pointe. When you begin to feel like you’re dancing on almost nothing at all when you’re en pointe, like your toes pads and accessories aren’t even there, that means that your shoes have reached their life expectancy, once again due to the softness of the box.

  1. You Can’t Stay In Them As Long

And lastly, another way to tell that it is time for new pointes is when you can’t stay in your shoes as long as you usually can. Even though your feet may look amazing in them right now (you know that’s our guilty pleasure), dancing in dead pointe shoes can pose a threat for major injury and quite frankly, they begin to hurt. Once you first start pointe, you begin to build up your tolerance in them, allowing yourself to be able to withstand the discomfort and spend an extended period of time in them. However, once your shoes begin to fail, dancing in them begins to be a literal pain all over again. So, if you find yourself having major discomfort in your shoes again, this may be a sign that it’s time to head back to your local dance shop and grab a brand new pair!

And that will do it for today’s “Beginner Pointe Tips”! We hope this blog post was able to be a help to you today as you continue on your pointe journey. As always, we wish you a beautiful weekend filled with love, light and until our next blog post, remember…

Keep dancing!


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