Wrong Shoes for Egyptian Feet?
I have been fitted twice to Capezio Arias. I am struggling with painful big toes that don't bruise, but the nails sheer off about halfway down and I have a lot of pain.I prefer to wear the 'Ouch Pouch" toepads and have needed to wear the gel big toe cover, but that just makes it feel more bulky in my shoe. I have an Egyptian tapered foot with a mid to high profile and long toes. After studying your website and fitting guides I wonder if I have been improperly fitted. I think I need a tapered shoe. Suggestions? I am an older than average dancer if that makes a difference.
Arias for an Egyptian foot? I'd say you have definitely been mis-fitted, especially if you have long toes. Do you have wide feet? Most tapered shoes are made for narrow feet, so that may be why they've had to make a compromise. However Arias are made for wide square feet so they wouldn't be doing your big toe any favours.
If your feet are wider, then it would be worth trying the Bloch Heritage. It's one of the few shoes that's designed for wider feet, while still having a tapered toe. Another possible Bloch shoe is the Amelie. Both are medium profile.
If your feet are narrow to medium, then I'd recommend trying Capezio Pavlowas - but they are narrow, so go for a wider fit than you think you need.
Other than that, I'm always amazed how many different feet fit the Grishko 2007 well, even though it shouldn't be ideal on paper. So I always recommend giving it a try.
Finally, would you be allowed to wear Gaynor Mindens? They have an excellent online fitting service and their shoes can be adapted for most feet. In fact, their "Totally Toes" fitting kit is worth buying even if you're not using their shoes, as it includes padding specially designed for your problem.
As always, the ideal is to find a shop where you can actually try all these shoes on.