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problems with demi-pointe shoes


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I am having real problems trying to get demi-pointe shoes to fit. I just can't work in them. It is really frustrating and yesterday I wanted to burn them after class I was so fed up. I feel like I have gone backwards so much and am struggling just to balance in them. The problem is that I have am taking RAD Intermediate next month and I probably didn't start using demi-pointe shoes and till way too close before the exam so it is partly that I am just not used to them. But I don't think that is all of it, I think I also haven't got the right fit. I don't know and I don't want to chop and change too much with little time left, but at the same time I don't want to stick with what I have if I could have something better.

I have some bloch ones and they feel far too big and have a big bump in the sole when I point my foot, and I just can't balance in them even on flat very well. The sole seems quite think. I tried some Capezio ones which had a much thinner smoother sole but (once broken in) they were still too tight across the ball of my foot although much easier to balance in and stayed sleeker to my foot when i pointed it. I now feel like I am running out of money and also time to break them in and don't know what to do. I thought I might do ok in the exam considering I will be twice as old as the average candidate, I was allowing myself some slack, but now I feel like I will just embarrass myself...


should I fork out for new shoes and if so are there any that people particularly like?

or should I just stick with what I've got and keep wearing them to all my classes and round the house until they feel better?


What do you think?

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