Where should we buy pointe shoes?
Pointe shoes should be purchased only after a professional, personal fitting that takes into account the dancer’s individual anatomy, strength and technique. Professional fittings are offered by many specialized dance stores; you might ask your daughter’s teacher or other teachers and dancers for recommendations. If you’re unsure of what a store offers, consider observing fittings there before making an appointment. The Q&A in the Parents' Pointe Guide section, or in Russian Pointe’s publication Parents' Guide to Beginning Pointe, can help you evaluate what you see. Fitters vary in their styles and particular methods, but the basics of a professional fitting explained here should be in place.