Which Shoes for my Bunions?
So I'm having trouble finding the right pointe shoes for my feet and I would like to ask for your help... They're tapered with bunions as you'll see. I've had Bloch Hannah before, but the weight was all on my big toe, and now I have Grishko 2007 Pro but it has a vamp too high and the platform Is too small. Hope you can help me!
You have a bad bunion there! As you know, although pointe work doesn't cause bunions it can make them worse, so a correctly fitting shoe is very important.
The solution for most bunions is to choose a wingless shoe, or at least a shoe with soft wings. The Chacott Veronese II is popular with dancers who have bunions so it would be worth trying on, though it may not be quite the right shape for you.
I also asked experienced pointe shoe fitter Caron Jones for a second opinion and this is her reply:
My first instinct was to suggest Chacott's Veronese II with its wingless box but having seen the photos I'm not so sure. The Grishko shoes look all wrong. They look too narrow in the way the little toe "sits" slightly above the box and the swivel of the outer sole would also indicate this. The gapping around the sides when this dancer is en pointe also leads me to believe that they are not a good fit.
I think Suffolk Solos in the light version might be worth a try. The lighter version doesn't have uncomfortable wing blocking to press on that bunion. The vamps are lower in the stock shoes and the platform not too small. Of course any lighter weight shoe tends not to be as durable.
Bloch's Heritage has a v-vamp which will make the front of the shoe look symmetrical and offer coverage for that prominent joint and, again, the platform isn't so tapered.
F maker in Freeds original classic pointe shoes could be the answer, if this dancer can find it in her size. This maker produces Freed's most tapered shoe without compromising on platform area and there isn't the squareness inside the shoe which leaves the tip of the big toe feeling so exposed.