Professional Pointe Shoe Fitting Services
4 dance is a dancewear specialist, renowned for its skills in pointe shoe fitting. We have worked with dancers from all levels of the industry including local children and adult classes, large dance colleges including Arts Educational Schools London and companies such as Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.
In-Store Pointe Shoe Appointments
We offer a bespoke pointe shoe fitting service with experienced fitters, both for dancers requiring their first pair and those needing a replacement. Appointments are available at both our Byfleet and Walton locations. Book online today using the button below.
Virtual Pointe Shoe Fittings
Group Pointe Shoe Sizing Sessions
Our professional fitters have fitted pointe shoes for dancers across the whole of the UK. If you are a dance school or company that requires a thorough, individual service for your dancers, please get in touch. We can arrange to visit you in your studios for group pointe shoe fittings.
FAQ's - Finding The Right Pointe Shoe
When were Pointe Shoes Invented?
Also known as 'toe shoes', pointe shoes were invented in the 19th century to meet the ballerinas' desire to appear weightless. It is often credited that Romantic ballerina Maria Ta
glioni pioneered the 'en pointe' technique into an art form during her lead role of 'La Sylphide'. From the popular adoption of the pointe shoe developed a new set of moves - piro
uettes and the pique - that formed the principles of classical ballet such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
Why do I need to have my Pointe Shoes professionally fitted?
Pointe shoes are more than just a part of your dance costume. They are 'the tool' for any amateur or professional ballerina around the world to master pointe work, which demands a great deal of training, practice and attention. It is imperative for all ballerinas to get their pointe shoes fitted by a professional in order to prevent any long-term foot problems, which can have devastating consequences for a dancer and their career.
How will I know if my Pointe Shoes are good fit?
Dancers rated the fit as the most important pointe shoe characteristic. They should always fit feet perfectly; snug, but with enough room to let your feet lie flat and execute movements that allow articulation through the muscles and joints of the foot and ankle.
Can the wrong Pointe Shoes cause injuries?
To avoid injury, there are a number of factors which need to be considered when having your professional pointe shoe fitting:
- Pointe shoes too tight can cause calluses, bruises, bunions, as well as permanent bone damage. Circulation can become cut off, and the metatarsals and toes may be constricted and unable to move properly. However shoes too loose will begin to rub and result in friction injuries, such as blisters. They will also not offer you sufficient support and balance, and could leave you in considerable pain or even with a sprained ankle
- The weather can affect the size of your foot. Whilst heat and humidity will make dancers' feet swell so that they need a larger-sized pointe shoe, cold temperatures will have the opposite effect
- The best time to have your fitting is after at least one technique class. However never have it after a full-day of dance training as - like heat and humidity- this will cause your feet to swell
With all this in mind, it is extremely important to visit a professional when buying point sho
es. They will be able to advise you on the best type of pointe shoe for your feet, one which is comfortable and thereby reducing the risk of injury.
If you require a pointe shoe fitting, you can either book using the Book Appointment Button at the top of the page or contact us for more details.