Ideas for Pointe Shoes for these feet?
L B asks:
My daughter is 12 and having trouble finding pointe shoes that suit her feet. The local store (the only one within 150 miles) carries only Capezio and Grishko. She has a narrow foot with tapered toes. Her big toe and second toes are the same length. She has long toes. She has a somewhat high arch. Due to an old injury, she also has a small bump on the outside of her left pinky toe that does not hurt anymore. Her feet have been evaluated by professional dancers and she was told she needs a longer vamp, low profile, full shank that is softer than what she had been wearing. She has worn Sansha 202, Chacott Veronese, and Bloch Suprima.
She has most recently worn Bloch and these seem to be worse for her as she has trouble getting over the box and has red tender spots on the knuckles on her foot when she removes the shoes.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to which shoe might fit her better?
First, let's look at the components.
There are three standard lengths of vamp - short, medium and long. With long toes, a long vamp is a given. As a 12-year-old, a full shank is recommended (three-quarter shanks are best reserved for more experienced dancers). The softer shank also makes sense if she's having trouble getting over the box. So the evaluation sounds right.
It's always best to have shoes properly fitted, so it would be best if she could get them at the "local" store. Unfortunately, Capezio doesn't really have a model to suit her feet. I'm very tempted to suggest the Grishko 2007 because I think it would be perfect for her - unfortunately it has a 3/4 shank. You might want to discuss that with her teacher, to see whether that could work for her right now. Otherwise, it's certainly a shoe to bear in mind for the future.
The Bloch Suprima has a fairly short vamp so I'm not surprised that didn't work for her. The Bloch Axiom model is designed for narrow, tapered feet - but unfortunately, it's a 3/4 shank again.