Wrong Shoes for Egyptian Feet?

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  1. Avatar Courtney says:

    Uh-oh, I think I am in the same boat as Hayley. I am an adult dancer and was just fitted for my first pair of pointe shoes last week. I ended up with Capezio Arias 8W, but even just working them in (not really dancing, just rolling up into pointe and down, and walking around a bit) my big toenail is already feeling super bruised. I should say my nail beds are all really rounded on top (some lucky people are born with flatter nail beds) – so it’s easy to stomp on them because they stick out (upward) from my toes, even when I cut them really short.

    By ballet standards I have a wide foot (in capezio width I’m W), egyptian shape (tapered toes with a longer big toe than second), with medium toe (1.5″) length and medium profile. I chose the Arias over the other brands I tried (Grishko, Bloch) in the store because I loved the way the shank hugged my arch (it’s skived at 1/2), and the tapered shoes I tried put pressure on my outer (pinky – side) metatarsal. At the time I thought that would cause pain in the long run, but now I’m curious if distributing the pressure this way would have saved my big toe from this bruising. Can you tell me if that pressure on the outer metatarsal was maybe a good thing in the long run? Since I already bought them/sewed ribbons, is there a way to compensate for the lack of taper with padding, or do I just need new shoes?

    • Avatar Marisa says:

      Courtney, the only thing I can suggest to make the Arias work is the Perfect Fit pointe insert http://www.perfectfitpointe.com/

      Your particular foot shape is tough to fit as there aren’t many shoes designed for it. You may have to settle for something less than ideal and use padding to adapt. Gaynor Mindens are a good bet.

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