tcritte Posted October 13, 2006 Report Share Posted October 13, 2006 (edited) I need some help/suggestions as I have been dealing with this issue for over a year. My toes don't like my ballet slippers. The primary issue is that my toes are trying to get away from the end of the shoe and this is throwing me off balance anytime that I have to balance off the barre. My toes don't think of the shoe like a sock/tight, they seem to act as if the shoe is an irritant. And it's almost as if my feet are "sliding" to the front of the shoe (like it was a high heel shoe), no matter the slipper size. Then my toes feel as if they are being bound. Last night I put over-the-counter shoe insoles in my ballet shoes. They felt great in terms of keeping my foot still and keeping the front of the shoe open, however, they made me feel as if my feet were on coasters and could just slide away from me. Furthermore, my foot no longer fit flat into the back of the shoe (so the heel kept falling off). And you could no longer see as much arch in my foot as usual. My teacher came up to me after class and said she was feeling sorry for me because she noticed I was having issues with my shoes. I told her about what I had done. Her comment was that maybe I have unusually long toes (???), but she didn't offer any suggestions other than that she didn't think the insole was good. I wear a US size 10 medium width street shoe. My right foot is a little longer than my left (which can fit US size 9 1/2), but both sets of toes don't like the shoes. I have had 4 sets of ballet slippers: Bloch 205L letter with full sole size 7C. These were fitted by a man in a dance store. I kept telling him they were tight. He insisted that ballet shoes were supposed to be like that. "Danced" in these for 8 months before I got fed up. Bloch 205L, size 7.5B and size 8C. I thought since my feet are two different sizes, maybe I needed different sized shoes. Ordered online myself. Bloch 203L split sole letter with canvas arch, size 7.5D. Went back to the store and fully explained my issue with the previous shoes. The young lady who helped me first tried Capezios (which were too small for my length), then went to the Bloch split sole (because she noticed I have a prominent arch) but in a bigger width. I did some relevés and a pirouette in the store in these and felt fine, but now that I'm working across a floor, I'm back to the same issue. When I first started dancing I thought the primary issue was that I was new to ballet. So I would go home and practice balances -- however, I practiced barefoot -- which is how I am always in the house. I have gotten much better at balances barefoot, but still having issues with balancing in class. Then I thought the issue was that I wasn't stretching my toes -- that is I was scrunching to try to hold on to a balance. So every time I sit down, I stretch my toes, look at the form, and force my mind to remind my toes to stretch. Now that I see that I am improving on those issues, I am ready to get some help about these shoes. Thanks, Tracey Edited October 13, 2006 by tcritte Quote Link to comment
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