We have all these bones in our feet, so can you imagine what happens to all of these bones when confined into a pointe shoe? Then what do we do in ballet? We stand on our toes in our shoes. The human foot is an amazing piece of machinery, it has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.

Now you can see how it is most important that when we are buying pointe shoes we go and have them fitted correctly. Buying pointe shoes on the internet is not really a good idea, each Grishko pointe shoe is hand made which means that each pair can differ slightly in size or shape depending on the individual makers. You may save yourself money, but are you saving yourself from injury? Wearing the wrong size/width and even style of shoe may lead to damage that cannot be rectified.

Wearing a shoe that is too big may seem fine when you stand on the flat, but we don’t buy pointe shoes to stand and walk in like normal shoes. We buy pointe shoes to stand on pointe.

A shoe that is too big is going to allow you some extra space when standing on pointe this means that we will slip down the shoe allowing the toes to become bent at the bottom of the shoe.

A shoe that is too wide means that the support given by the shoe will just not be adequate enough and you may find that you lose your ankle stability.

I like to fit a shoe that is a good snug fit, I want the shoe to become the support system that you lose once standing on pointe.

“Try this little test yourself”

1. Stand barefooted flat on the floor and then rock your feet backwards and forwards, do you notice how when on the flat, your natural support system gives you complete stability?

2. Now rise up onto demi pointe and do the same thing, do you then notice how unstable your foot and ankle becomes?

If you put on a pointe shoe that is too big and wide this stability is again compromised, It could be so easy to roll your ankles and cause an injury.

Put on a shoe that is the perfect length and width and that will become your support system.

Feeling Secure Going on pointe for the first time can sometimes feel a little frightening, you may feel like you are going to fall flat on your face. It just takes time to learn where your body should be placed and this is so much easier if you feel confident in correctly fitted pointe shoes.

Grishko Pointe Shoes are designed to conform with your foot, that way the shoe supports your foot, allowing the shank to mould fully into the arch of your foot.

You need your feet for the whole of your life so look after them and they will look after you.

Did you realise how complicated the anatomy of the foot is? See below for all the different layers that we each have in our feet.



Do you realise that your feet are the most incredible piece of anatomy that do need to be looked after to the best of your ability. If you plan to be a professional dancer then its vital that you take extremely good care of them so you can have a long and happy dance career.

This is an X-Ray of a bunion, sometimes bunions can occur when you are young, your bones are soft you and are wearing badly fitted shoes. If members of your family have bunions, then it is even more important to make sure that your shoes fit the best that they can.


Foot x-ray