First Pointe Shoe Fitting -What do I need?
First pointe shoe fitting tomorrow! Its goes without say that I am so excited! My teacher is SO strict about letting people up, so I am so proud as well! Can you explain to me how the fitting will work tomorrow? Do I wear tights? I am working on my ballet solo first, so I will already be wearing tights (pink convertible). What will I need to bring??? How bad should they hurt? Should I speak up if I don't think a pair is right?? THANKS SO MUCH!
Congratulations! Your teacher is right to be strict and you're about to get the benefit of her advice (and your hard work!) because you're bound to do well on pointe with such thorough preparation. Well done, you have every right to be proud!
It's a good idea to learn a bit about how pointe shoes are fitted before you go, so you have some idea what the fitter is looking for. You'll find some tips here. The fitter can't see inside the shoe, and will rely on you tell her how it feels on your foot - so the more you know, the better your answers will be and the better result you'll get.
Don't feel rushed - the fitter expects to take an hour or two to find exactly the right shoe. Take your time and think about how the shoe really feels. It should feel "snug" which means it really hugs your foot - but your toes shouldn't be jammed up against the box, squashed together or overlapping. On the other hand, your toes shouldn't have any wiggle room, and there should be no space in the heel when you're on the flat.
To answer your other questions:
- You don't need to bring anything, although you might want to bring a camera to record the momentous occasion.
- How bad should they hurt? Not at all. If a pointe shoe hurts in the store, it is totally the wrong shoe for you. They will feel strange because of the stiff box, but they definitely should not be painful.
- Convertible tights are absolutely perfect to wear to a fitting. The fitter needs to see your bare feet, but you need to try on the shoes in tights. However, I feel sorry for the poor fitter if you arrive at the shop with sweaty, smelly feet! Could you manage to wash your feet after class (maybe in the sink at the studio?). A clean pair of tights would also be nice.
A few more tips:
- Make sure your toenails are neatly clipped, as long toenails may hurt when you go up on pointe!
- The fitter should help you pick out the padding first - gel pads, spacers etc - depending on the shape of your feet. You can't have a shoe fitted without padding and then add it later (unless it's just lambswool).
- Don't be in a rush to sew on your ribbons or break in the shoes. I always recommend you take the shoes in to show your teacher first, because she knows your feet better than anyone. If she feels the shoes are wrong for you, you can return them.
Here are some clips of other dancers' first fittings, which will give you an idea what to expect:
I'm excited for you - good luck!