Shoes for Narrow Egyptian Feet
Hello! I'm Sophia and I have a narrow Egyptian foot with long, tapered toes. I have been en pointe for 1 year and almost 8 months and because of my unusual feet I have bought 10 pairs of pointe shoes - most of which haven't fit me properly. I see only professional fitters, but I can never seem to dont a good show. Right now I am dancing on Bloch European Balances and filling the corner by my pinky toe with lambs wool, almost creating square feet for myself. While they fit well, I want to be able to dance without all of the extra padding and fillers. Is there anything you suggest? I have tried Russian Pointe Almaz and Rubin, Grishko 2007, Gaynor Mindens, and now my Blochs.
Also, when I dance my elastics rub against my heel and leave painful, bloody blisters that scar my feet and take a long time to heal. I use padded tape over them but I would rather fix how I sew them. I need them close to the back of the heel so they won't fall off but I cannot stand the blisters. Help?
The easy bit first. Would your teacher be upset if you don't use elastics? Try reviewing how you sew your ribbons on. The British style is to sew the ribbons close to the heel, so they hold the heel on without any extra help. The US style is to sew the ribbons further forward and use elastic. It might be worth trying the British style and see if it works for you. The first video on this page shows you how:
Now for the difficult part. I'm thoroughly confused by the shoes you've tried based on your description of your feet. Most of the shoes you've tried have a medium vamp, not a long one - how long is your big toe? Over 1.5 inches is long, 1 to 1.5 inches is medium.
If they're long, then I'd suggest trying the Bloch Axis. It's got the thermo paste which molds to the shape of your foot, so that might get around the problem of too much padding. They last much longer if you put them in the fridge after wearing.
However, if the European Balances feel good apart from the square to, maybe a medium vamp/medium profile shoe is what you need, just with a more tapered toe. The most obvious choice is the Grishko Vaganova.
Failing that, you could try the shoe fitting wizard on the Gaynor Minden website - perhaps working direct with them, you'd be able to make their shoes fit better than they did when you tried them previously.