What accessories are needed for pointe work?
First, make sure to buy ribbons and elastics, which hold the shoes onto the feet. Most dancers use a variety of toe pads for comfort inside the box. Lighter padding usually leads to better control and fit. Beginners should only use padding designed for pointe shoes and avoid experimenting with other materials. Many dancers also tape their toes to reduce rubbing; ask the teacher’s advice about what kind of tape to use, whether it is needed, and how to apply it. Extras such as toe spacers or heel pads should only be added if the fitter or teacher considers them necessary.